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Drink This Now!: Step by step lessons for the aspiring wine connoisseur 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470610725
ISBN-10: 0470610727
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About the Author

John Boyer has won multiple teaching awards during his 12 years in the Geography Dept. at Virginia Tech. He teaches World Regions and Geography of Wine, with an average class size of 600, but did a section of 2,700 last year! His classes are always in high demand, and he uses music videos, live web interaction, and slide shows to enhance learning. Boyer's undergrad and grad research is in the Virginia Wine industry, and he continues to receive small grants to continue research on vineyard site selection. He has published 3 editions of The Plaid Avenger's World, Drink This Now! wine guide, and 2 editions of the Plaid Avenger comic book.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470610727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470610725
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,858,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am very far from a wine connoisseur, but I do occasionally drink wine and sherry, and use them for cooking as well. Boyer's book covers the various wine families, the virtues of different types of wine glasses, how wines grapes are grown, how wine is aged, the adjectives for describing wine, and the areas of the world that are known for certain kinds of wines. The author also assigns to the reader what might be considered "homework"--that is a suggestion of a selection of wines that you might go out and buy and how much you should spend. He also suggests the cheeses you might eat along with the wine in question.

One aspect of this book that I found particularly interesting is wines that have become better known as of late because of wine growing areas that have fairly recently sprung up outside of Europe. For example, Zinfandel wines have become more popular over the years mostly because of the varieties grown in California.

This is an entertaining book that includes a number of amusing insights--some of which deal with which wines have become "fashionable." In this case the author provides some insight on one of the inside joke in the movie adventures of the wine connoisseurs in Sideways. He discusses the scene where Paul Giamatti's character refuses to drink Merlots. Like this character in Sideways, the author considers Merlot to be over-hyped!

The author also makes on few comments for cooking with wine. One observation is that Marsala serves as a good base for French onion soup.
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I think Boyer writes a great intro to how to taste and drink wine. He gets you enough info to not feel so lost in the world of wine and how to really enjoy the wine-drinking experience.
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Kindle book was easy to download
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This book is for the geography of wine course at Virginia Tech. It could be used outside of class as well.
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