How to Drink a Glass of Wine


by John Saker

New Zealand has become one of the world's great wine-drinking and producing countries. After six years as a top wine writer, John Saker has blended a thousand impressions, delicious experiences and startled taste buds into an engrossing guide to the world's most loved - and debated - beverage.

A glass of wine is the simplest of pleasures - elixir of love, soothing balm, forger of friendships and, according to novelist Ernest Hemingway, the greatest sensory enjoyment you can buy. Yet wine is also an enigma - the product of good fruit gone bad, an edgy mosaic of smells, tastes and even textures, and a huge international business with fierce rivalries.

In this alluring book, leading New Zealand wine writer John Saker takes you on a personal voyage to the heart of the matter. Learn about wine's strange aromas, how the shape of a glass can change the taste, peculiar practices in wineries, glorious personalities, who decides if a wine is a winner, and secrets of the trade.

How to Drink a Glass of Wine will enchant both the connoisseur and the quaffer who just wants to know more about the world's most beautiful and fascinating beverage.

Print edition: Available at all good booksellers in New Zealand, Australia, US and Canada. Other customers, please order directly below.

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Print edition price: NZ $26
Ebook: US $9.99

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Reviews, interviews, author events

"If you're going to read only one book about wine, make it this one. And if you've read them all, try this as a marvellous refresher." - Simon Wilson, Cuisine Magazine

"However much you know about wine, this book is a must" - Terry Dunleavy, New Zealand Wine Grower

'How to Drink a Glass of Wine' succeeds in offering the reader the vigorous and exciting sensations that we expect from top wines and top wine books' says MARTIN BROWN (

'Brimming with entertaining anecdote, it will be a happy top-up to the wine-lover's bookshelf.' Saker, Brown says, also writes confidently about the economic dynamics driving today's international wine trade.

More advance praise has come from JACQUES LARDIERE, wine-maker at Burgundy's famous 150-year-old Maison Louis Jadot winery: 'To decide to love wine as John Saker does is to discover it in the fullest sense - to add joy and intelligence to one's life, rather than just years.

'Saker loves language, and knows how to use it; his touch is delicate and sure, ' ANNE FRENCH says in New Zealand Books

Check out Awa's own interview with John here.

Product details

ISBN: 9780958253826
Pages: 108
Format: Paperback
Size/Weight: 198 x 129 mm
Published: July 2005
Author(s): John Saker