I think the first introduction I had to Eric Asimov was when I was visiting wineries in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. As a native New Yorker and chief wine critic for the New York Times it stands to reason that he would have a vested interest in covering the wines that are produced from this part of the United States. When I was there in November of 2011 he had only recently written about how much quality had improved in the region. Whilst somewhat parochial this came as great endorsement, and I heartily agreed that producers in this very marginal climate were moving in the right direction.
I subsequently followed Eric on Twitter and shared some interactions on the subject of the Finger Lakes. As I continued to travel Eric fell off my radar, but always remained as a kindred spirit. Thus I was thrilled to discover upon my return home that he had written a book.