"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
From the Author
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.