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You don't have to take a sommelier course to make good choices in your wine selection. (Terry Peters North Shore News 2014-01-05)

(Best Wine Books for Beginners) Katherine brings a fresh and different approach to understanding wines, which is definitely welcomed by beginners. Instead of classifying wines by their region, she classifies wines by their style. Her aim is to simplify th (Priya Johnson Buzzle.com 2013-12-09)

Katherine Cole has successfully blown many of the cobwebs from the dusty old world of wine... simply second to none. (Jamie Drummond, Director of Programs/Editor Good Food Revolution 2013-12-06)

Cole manages to take on the wide world of wine both insightfully and helpfully... Her tips on pairings and bargain buys, coupled with informative takes on the winemaking process at large, make for an effective book. Both wine aficionados and novices can find something to admire... Of course, it would take multiple volumes to tackle it all, but Cole has put together a fairly compact and organized account... Overall, Complete Wine Selector is a worthwhile buy. The wide array of wine coverage creates mass appeal, especially for those who are used to dauntingly large wine stacks at grocery stores, restaurants or bottle shops... Credit Cole for the book's accessibility... It's imperative we recognize the monumental task at hand and simply enjoy what she has covered intelligently, which is quite a lot, even in the gaping world of wine . (Mark Stock Oregon Wine Press 2013-11-01)

Buying wine can be a bewildering act for many. Cole has written a guide to make this common purchase a pleasure for even the novice wine buyer... Cole's narrative is easy and accessible; readers will feel as though they've got a close friend beside them as they enter the wine aisle... Highly recommended for any wine lover, from the novice to the seasoned connoisseur. (Library Journal Xpress Reviews 2013-12-06)

A terrific guide for buying wine that strips away the intimidation and pomposity, making it easier for everyday consumers to navigate a wine shop or the wine section of a grocery store with confidence.... One of the most-attractive aspects of Complete Wine Selector is its easy-to-navigate design, which breaks down information into easy to scan boxes and visual icons. That only adds to the unstuffy feel, emphasizing that wine is something that should be enjoyed, and that picking the right bottle isn't something to dread. (Grant Butler Oregon Live 2013-12-03)

The realm of the wine primer is often a dicey one, but Katherine Cole, wine columnist for the Oregonian, handles it with aplomb... A particularly charming and detailed approach to the challenging task of wine education. (Jon Bonne San Francisco Gate 2013-11-29)

The most useful wine book I've seen in ages. (Laurie Daniel San Jose Mercury News 2013-12-02)

Not another wine primer, I thought when I picked up Katherine Cole's Complete Wine Selector. Yet I was immediately bowled over by how Cole, wine columnist for the Oregonian newspaper and author of Voodoo Vintners, has figured out a new way to present a familiar topic. By using Web publishing techniques -- heavy use of infographics and short snippets of text--she manages to convey an impressive amount of information on a single page.... Cole has created an essential reference for novice and aficionado alike. (Dave McIntyre Washington Post Best Wine Books 2013-12-11)

Gosh, it sure does deliver on its promise to be complete. There is just so much useful and interesting information packed in these 250-plus pages. (Mike Veseth Wine Economist 2013-10-24)

How to "overcome your paralyzing fear of the world of wine" stands as Cole's basic principle in this gorgeous, highly informative guide that ranges in subject areas from the essential wine "styles" (including "crisp, lean whites" and "rich, full-bodied reds") and help in buying and serving. The text is presented, for the most part, in easy-on-the-eye chart format. (Brad Hooper BOOKLIST Recommended Wine Books 2013-10-01) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Katherine Cole writes wine columns for the FOODday section of The Oregonian newspaper and MIX magazine. Voodoo Vintners, her book on biodynamic winegrowing, was published in June 2011 by Oregon State University Press and was nominated for International Wine Book of the Year at the 2012 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. Katherine's work has appeared in numerous magazines. She holds degrees from Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has studied with the International Sommelier Guild and has taught journalism courses at Portland State University. The Coles live in a 1913 Craftsman home near downtown Portland, Oregon, that was previously owned by E. Palmer Hoyt, a past editor and publisher of The Oregonian. Their Irvington neighbourhood is surrounded by Portland's best restaurants and is a short drive from numerous northwest wine regions, most notably Willamette Valley Pinot Noir country. When they're not at home, you can find the Coles riding their Dutch bicycles, backcountry skiing, fly-fishing, crabbing or hunting for birds or mushrooms.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Absolute Press (October 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472904028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472904027
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Katherine Cole is the wine columnist for The Oregonian newspaper and the author of Oregon Wine, the App, for iPhone, iPad and Android. She is the author of Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time; and Voodoo Vintners: Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers.
Learn more at http://www.katherinecole.com/ .

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wine Teacher VINE VOICE on October 24, 2013
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The title of the book is "Complete Wine Selector" and on the bottom of the front cover of the book says "How to choose the right wine every time". The implication is that this book will teach the readers how to select wine and make the right choice ever time. I have been a wine education for 25 years. I usually choose the right wine or one that is close enough to being right. I would never say that it happen every time. To choose wine "right" (if there is even such a thing) relies on a lot of knowledge and experience. This book aspires to do it with just one book. The truth of the matter is probably different. To have a rich and robust knowledge about wine means reading a lot, some introductory books and a lot of books on specific wine making countries and regions of the world. Only with an enriched knowledge base can you choose wine well, knowledgeably and for valid reasons so there is a good chance that the choices will be good. Short-cuts are always suspicious. A one book short-cut should invite even more suspicion.

The book is organized by wine types, eg."crisp, lean whites", "light, refreshing reds" and "firm, medium-bodied reds". Each wine type segment of the book has it own sections including (1) an intro for the wine type, (2) a page containing six names of specific wines labels for that wine type to look for, (3) a section taking just one wine in this type to illustrate important information about this wine type, (4) a double page that has four columns, each containing ten wine choices for this category, made by a wine critic, chosen by World of Fine Wines (British wine magazine, a list of food friendly wines of this wine type and a list of budget items for this wine type, and (5) lastly a few pages of "Master Class" information for those of greater curiosity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By francia r. stowell on November 8, 2013
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For those of us who purchase wine from larger supermarkets and face an array of confusing choices - an experience much like going to home depot to find too many bolts, screws or paint samples - Ms Cole's book is not only a practical tour of the wine mine field, but an economic wind fall. The number of wines I have experimented with, following staff picks or Wine Spectator recommendations, has added up to a small fortune and many disappointments. From every angle, I find the book well organized, informative and thorough. It is a pleasure to encounter so many new as well as old pleasures among the vast riches of the wine world. In this book all are seen through a new prism, shining fresh light on a subject that brings richness to our lives. The wine industry and the explosion of great restaurants over the last decade have brought a new chapter of sophistication to the culture of the Northwest. Many thanks to Katherine Cole and her book for adding so much to this exciting trend.

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More thoughts - I can't think of a more perfect Christmas gift for many of our friends and family. Having Katherine Cole as a guide is like having a knowledgeable and trusted friend at one's elbow when wine shopping. Beautifully laid out and beautifully written, full of information and entertaining to read, this book is a resource we will be using and enjoying for many years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hickerson VINE VOICE on November 17, 2013
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I'm a novice in the world of wine and while I know what I like, figuring out how to pick out the right win for my pallate and the occasion can be confusing at times.

Which is why I picked up "The Complete Wine Selector." Not only does it give useful tips on understanding the varieties of wine out there, it also breaks down out to serve the wine. It's a quick course in all things wine and one that I've found very useful.

It's also helped me to become a bigger fan of wine and allowed to me to try some different varieties.

If you're like me, this is a must-have guide to helping select your next great bottle of wine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pam Schell on November 12, 2013
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I am learning so much from the "Complete Wine Selector" by Katherine Cole. This book is helping me form my opinions with the information in the Masterclasses sections so that I can talk intelligently about wines with others. I like the style of the book which is easy and fun to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2013
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I'm an avid home cook who's also been long-interested in wine. Time and experience have taught me that I tend toward particular types, but I've never been able to parse what always felt like a very intimidating world to me. I've visited multiple wineries, had dinners with wine pairings, shopped at comprehensive wine stores that offered a variety of unique bottles, and still the world of wine seemed like this mystery I'd never solve. When it came to trying to pair the right wine with the meals I cooked, my results were always hit or miss, mostly guided by that old adage that white goes with fish and red goes with meat. Given this, I pounced all over this book when I had the chance. A guide that promised to help me choose the right wine every time? Count me in.

I feel like there is so much sanity to this book's approach. Wines come in a bewildering array of varieties, so boiling them down to white and red just wasn't going to cut it. Even using the sweet versus dry dichotomy doesn't work all that well. What's great about this book is that it divides wines into ten categories, delving into the characteristics produced by various grapes. Because I do love to cook, I really got into this way of looking at wines, and it made it much easier for me to grasp why certain wines go so well with certain foods.

Each section begins with an intro, a blurb from a wine expert, a small diagram with suggested food pairings, and a full-page spread detailing various grape types that fall within the classification, along with the regions in which they are produced. This was enormously helpful. I had some small knowledge about various varietals, but the book helped me to recognize the similarities between multiple types of grapes.
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