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.
Nice, brief intro to wine. A little more detail detail would be nice, but the book served its purpose. We in the Northern California area probably get the most benefit.Published 18 months ago by Thomas J
Ray Johnson has written an excellent guide for any beginner looking to learn more about wine, especially with respects to entertaining. Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by Kelsey Morrison
In the beginner to advanced beginner range, this book is well written, easy to understand and enjoyable to read.Published on September 15, 2007 by B. G. Kelley
Ray Johnson is an amazing professor, this book integrates his lectures into a consise & enjoyable read. Read morePublished on April 5, 2006 by Andrew Henderson