A Year of Wine, my new book – winners!

Thanks for the 94 comments sharing your favorite season for maximum wine enjoyment! I’m glad that the idea of changing your wine consumption with the seasons resonates so well with you since that’s the subject of my next book, A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season, due out very soon from Simon Spotlight Entertainment, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

I assigned each commenter a number and generated three winners at random.org, the site that fills all my random integer needs. Three winners were selected to win a signed copy of A Year of Wine and they are:

Jim Boyce in Beijing, Wendy in Brazil, and Aletta in I’m not sure where!

Come on down! As for the rest of you, click through and check out the book’s page on Amazon and see what the blurbs have to say from wine importer and author Kermit Lynch, wine authors David Lynch and Eric Arnold, and starting right fielder for the New York Yankees, Bobby Abreu. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to preorder now? At their discounted price of $16 and change for this hardback book, it’s less than a mere glass of wine at many NYC wine bars!

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14 Responses to “A Year of Wine, my new book – winners!”

  1. I have already pre-ordered and hope that you will sign both your books fo me at your NYU holiday wines class.

  2. Thanks for the support, Susan! See you at the holiday wine class!

  3. Tyler, I have to ask this–how long does it take you to write a book? On average how much time would you say you put in per day, every other day, or however you choose your writing schedule?


  4. Hi Dylan,

    The books take varying amounts of time. My first book took ten years from conception to publication (obviously that wasn’t the only thing I was working on!). The second book took less than a year. I write for a living so I am always writing something (and it’s not always text messages).

    Thanks for your support.

  5. What’s the carbon footprint on this book? Where does Simon & Schuster publish — are they using local printing presses? Where does their paper come from? What measures do they take to protect the forests where they brutally cut down trees to make paper for your book?

    What do you about the sourcing for their ink? How does the carbon footprint compare on this book with other books I could buy which are produced locally. Is the carbon footprint on your book greater if it is bought in New York or if it is bought in San Francisco.

    As an environmentally concerned author, don’t you think it would be appropriate for you release the book electronically and save precious environmental resources? Why not release as an E-book or on the Kindle device. Frankly, I’m surprised that you have not thought of these options.

    While, I’m not calling for a boycott of all of your published materials, I know other people are beginning to question the political and environmental wisdom of buying your publications!

  6. Yes, Joe, there is an eBook version. The hardcover version is manufactured in the USA.

    According to this article, a pound of paper has 0.29 lbs CO2e. At 1.5 lbs, my book has 0.45 lbs C02e.

    By contrast, a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau airfreighted to New York has has about 6 lbs CO2e. And for San Francisco, Seoul, and Tokyo, it’s clearly much higher.

    Since about 12 million bottles of BN will be airfreighted this year, why don’t we resume this discussion after the 12 millionth copy of my book has sold? Then I’ll still be at a tenth of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the BN 2008 vintage.

    Of note: Louis/Dressner features in the book as one of the best importers in America.

    Have a nice day.

  7. Where can I buy the e-book version? Why bother at all with a paper version?

    Your statistics don’t include the carbon footprint of getting the paper to the printing press, the manufacture of ink, binding, getting the book into distribution, etc. Let alone, a discussion of deforestration policies, etc.

    Given your believe in taking a stand on the carbon footprint, why not limit yourself to only an e-book version?

    By the way, our web site and my blog lists you as one of America’s best wine bloggers.

    Have a good day.

  8. Oh really? Please paste the URLs here–I hadn’t seen those kind mentions.

    You’ll find my praise for your company on p. 229 of the book and many of your wines on other pages.

  9. This is getting like one of the presidential debates. Rather than change the subject, please respond to my substantiative question about the production of your book and your book’s carbon footprint. I would like to see statistics from the natural resources required to make all the components of the book (trees, ink, binding, glue, etc.) through the manufacture, to the trucking for distribution. Simply listing the carbon footprint for the paper is not being totally forthright.

    Why promote such wastefulness as book publishing, particularly given your strong stand against the carbon footprint, when your readers can purchase the Kindle? Certainly, the Kindle is a more enjoyable experience than a Fingers Lake Riesling chaptalized five degrees, deacidified and over sulfured. So even if someone reads your book on the Kindle while sipping a high carbon footprint wine (certainly higher than a local production wine even if it is brought in by boat), in balance the consumer is still helping the earth by you insisting on green e-book consumption.

    You can find my reference to you on my blog at:


  10. Joe-

    Your previous comment about listing this blog on your web site and blog was factually inaccurate.

    The link you posted to on your blog from February 2007 struck me as odd since I didn’t remember seeing it previously. It also was odd to call my blog “new” in 2007 when it has actually been around since 2003–something you know since Food & Wine magazine hailed both of our blogs as among the seven best in an article in 2005.

    But what was really odd was that the picture you used in your posting allegedly from February 2007 was only taken in July 2007!

    So I checked out that URL on archive.org, a cache of web content, and there was previously another posting at that URL.

    In one of your previous comments on this site, you accused me of “ignoring facts” about the relatively obscure change in rules for BN. But really, Joe, editing a posting as well as the comments, in order to fabricate “evidence”? I’d rather be out of the loop on an administrative change than make things up.

    I’m against airfreighted wine. You’re for it. Can we agree to disagree and move on?

  11. Doctor:

    First of all, this is McCainesque debating. You don’t answer my questions and make further accusations against me.

    A confession: I did not know Bill Ayres but had a girlfriend in the late 1960s and early 1970s who was a member of the Weatherman group! I knew several of them and was even friendly with them.

    I don’t see the change as being obscure. Duboeuf ships about 90% of the nouveau in this country. You call for a boycott of his wines based on him shipping by air and he’s not shipping by air. You did no research and called for a boycott based on sloppy and irresponsible journalism. You owe your readers an apology.

    I’ve never been in the position of defending Duboeuf, but I find your call to action shocking, given you are a twice published author.

    I’m not for airfreighted wine but I’m not against it. I’m not for airfreighted food but I am not against it. I think the Nouveau is a played out phenomena and would like to see it end. But, I wouldn’t mind transporting rare wine from Europe by air. Are you in principal against doing so?

    More importantly, is the content of what is in the bottle. Terres Dorées is not eligible to ship by boat because he is bottling around November 9th. He doesn’t have an option if he wants to make a good wine. Duboeuf picks early, uses a thermovinification technique, uses a mix of enzymes, bacteria, and yeasts to mass rush the wine into bottle on a huge industrial bottling line. The wine will stink but be correct. Is that what you want?

    Lastly, given your passion about your topic, please let me know why you don’t release all your books exclusively on electronic media? Does this seem a bit hypocritical to you?

    Jean-Paul Brun doesn’t have a choice but you do. Why don’t you lead by example?


    Joe Dressner

  12. Wow, Joe’s panties are in a bunch. The man gets busted creating fake posts (is that plagiarism? forgery? ) and pivots with a reference to Bill Ayers. Wasn’t this about wine at some point?

    Pass the popcorn!

    What’s this discussion doing on this thread? Shouldn’t it be on the current top post, which actually pertains to Beaujolais nouveau?

    Can’t we all just get along?

  13. Its irony and humor.

    I don’t think the Doctor’s call for a boycott of the Beaujolais was ironic or meant in jest. It was based on factual error and there was no attempt to do any research until I pointed out the error in the comments.

    I believe he owes an apology to his readership.

    I think he also owes an explanation to his readership why he wastes natural resources and increases the earth’s pollution by using the old fashioned paper book form of publication. If his convictions about carbon footprinting are sincere, shouldn’t he lead by example and only release his book in electronic form?

  14. Joe, weren’t your demands for a correction were met with a new blog post? I thought it was contrite and informative. Your demands for an apology smack of demagoguery (sp?). And your demands for a no-books policy, which Tyler already answered, are just childish.

    I thought this was fun at first. Now it’s just tedious.


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