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"A slim, commonsense, pocket-sized primer for novices on the selection, purchase, and storage of wine. RECOMMENDED." -- Library Journal, December 1, 2005

"Halleluiah -- a book that makes me, a beer guy, want to tackle the world of wine!" -- Pete Slosberg, Founder of Pete s Brewing Co.

"If you want to try, buy or sigh about wine this is the book for you." -- Jill Ditmire, Food and Wine Writer, Indianapolis Star

"Johnson's cut-to-the-chase approach to wine appreciation, leavened with humor and free of pretension, is just what consumers are thirsting for." -- Jerry Shriver, USA Today. 2005

"You can learn a whole lot about wine here, and not spend your life doing it." --Fred Tasker, Wine Columnist, Miami Herald

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How do you get girls to notice you in college? Order a bottle of wine in a restaurant. It was enough to get me hooked, and after I started waiting tables it became clear that the easiest way to build my check average was to sell wine.

I went deeper into the subject, traveling to Europe and tasting regularly, and after a few years of drinking rare and expensive vintages became a wine snob. Fortunately I came back to earth while working at the Christian Brothers Winery in the Napa Valley, where thousands of visitors from around the country were as delighted with their White Zinfandel as with their critically acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. The experience cured me of my snobbery and helped me to appreciate the pleasure that even a simple wine can give us.

In 1998 I started teaching, and discovered that in my classes and wine tastings students asked the same questions I heard so many years ago. This guide is a compilation of my answers, and will help new enophiles (wine lovers) to develop confidence in their own taste while learning where to find favorites in restaurants and shops.

Old pros will discover helpful tips on everything from serving to storing to giving the gift of wine, while cutting through the pretensions that are sometimes associated with fine vintages. Most importantly, this guide will prove to sophisticated wine lovers and newcomers alike that the keys to enjoying great wines are already in their mouths, and that wine tasting is its own reward on the path of the Good Life.

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Product Details

  • Series: Good Life Guides Series
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: TasteWine (December 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594110816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594110818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Bonesso on February 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ray Johnson's handy guide to "Enjoying Wine" is the perfect resource tool for anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by having to choose a wine. In simple, useful and humorous chapters, Johnson takes his years of experience and breaks down the do's and more do's of wine appreciation. He discusses everything from retail sales, marketing a brand, restaurant lists to how to pair wine and food. This book also has worksheets that allow you to apply the knowledge you've gained along the way. A delightful read from a man who obviously knows and loves his wine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Twig on March 25, 2006
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There just isn't a better introductory wine book available. I imagine someone who doesn't have much experience with wine picking up this book, and immediately understanding the excitement of learning about wine, finding out what you like best and becoming a life-long wine lover! The book gives a sure formula for trying the various classes of wines to narrow down the vast number of wines available, then learning what to look for within the classes you prefer. Even though Johnson is a widely-proclaimed professional wine educator and taster, there isn't a hint of snobbery, just plain language, written with humor and appreciation. Don't get me wrong, long-time wine drinkers will love the book too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Greene on January 18, 2006
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Although this book is the expressions of a wine educator, it is far from a lecture. Mr. Johnson's very conversational style and user-friendly advice removes a lot of the apprehension surrounding the topic of wine. It includes practical advice such as restaurant procedures and wine store shopping tips, and frank discussions about wine pricing and food and wine pairing. The book is equally appropriate for the wine novice, as well as the wine aficionado who wants to experience a completely new approach to the basics.

It is very highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jaysweet on February 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love the way the author Ray Johnson makes anyone who reads his book feel new excitement for the tasting of wine!! The hospitality ideas for the guests we serve and the diversity of his background add so much to his presentation. Ray Johnson never talks down to the novice nor does he try to be one who knows it all. He just shares and has a great time about it!!!! His various contributions to the wine industry are fantastic and his desire for everyone to just "Enjoy" and learn, are his greatest assets. Get this book You will Love It!!! Jaysweet
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Cram on February 9, 2006
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This is a super little book for everyone who knows or wants to know a bit about wine and what fun the wine experience can be. It is a very quick read, very practical, very unpretentious and very validating to the premise that to enjoy the wine experience, you simply must enjoy wine and enjoy experience. It is really that simple! Ray's book will have you eagerly anticipating your next uncorking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Lerner on February 10, 2006
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This book is a great introduction to wine for the novice and is a "breath of fresh air" for the expert who has seen it all. It is a "back to basics" approach that will remind us all of why we got into wine in the first place......because it is fun and is a great part of life. Sit back with a glass of your finest as you enjoy this book (I did)!
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