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Open Book / Open Mind: Ray Isle, “The World in a Wineglass”

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

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The event is free but registration is required. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. After the discussion, there will be a Q&A period and a book signing and sale with Watchung Booksellers. The event will be followed by a wine-tasting fundraising event with the Montclair Library Foundation. Details to come!

Open Book / Open Mind is sponsored by Montclair Public Library Foundation, Watchung Booksellers, the New Jersey Council on Humanities, Dave and Mary Lee Jones, Rosemary Iversen, and an anonymous donor. We are also grateful for the generous support of our in-kind sponsors, First Congregational Church of Montclair, The George, and Amanti Vino.


Ray Isle is the longtime executive wine editor for Food & Wine as well as the wine and spirits editor for Travel + Leisure. He writes Food & Wine’s monthly “What to Drink Next” column as well as regular feature articles for Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure’s print issues. His writing has appeared in Departures, Wine & Spirits, Time, The Washington Post, and many other national publications. He has won the IACP award for narrative beverage writing three times, the American Food Journalists award for beverage writing, and the North American Travel Journalists Association gold award, and has been nominated three times for a James Beard Award in beverage writing. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


“So much of today’s wine is mass-produced, industrially farmed, corporate-owned, and essentially, ordinary. In “The World in a Wineglass,” veteran wine writer Ray Isle explains that the way a wine is made, and who made it, can make a huge difference when you drink it—and why that information matters much more than knowing it scored 90 points. Or that it tastes like blueberries. Or “hints of violets and black pepper.” Isle’s enthusiasm for the grape growers and winemakers who are working sustainably or organically shines through as he shares his love for the way a glass of wine can express the place it comes from and capture the essence of the person who made it. Focusing on wines people can afford, rather than $500 rarities, Isle shows us where and how to find the most interesting bottles out there today.”—Simon & Schuster

“For many years, [Isle] has been the wine editor for Food & Wine magazine….His palate is beyond reliable. It should be insured, as Betty Grable’s legs were, by Lloyd’s of London. I would take his wine advice to the bank. —The New York Times.


Sharon Sevrens—a former management consultant for Mercer Management Consulting and Merrill Lynch investment banker—opened Amanti Vino in Montclair in 2005. She is a sommelier and Diploma-certified by the prestigious UK-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and the Sommelier Society of America. She received her BS and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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March 23
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
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Montclair Public Library, Main Library
50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042 United States
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