With emphasis on her "Big Six" varietals--Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon--this "Immer-sion" class of tastings lets amateur sippers differentiate the typical qualities of each, while illustrating wine terms such as dry, crisp, oaky, and tannic. Practical advice abounds; one chapter devotes itself to finding useful info on a wine label while avoiding "Stupid Label Tricks," those bits of puffery or unfamiliar flavors (how many have actually tasted lychee or red currant?) that can be confusing the average buyer. And her "Flavor Map" concept--dividing the wine world into three climate zones--eschews memorization in favor of some rudimentary geography.
Throughout, her pronunciation guides are accurate and personable ("If you're pronouncing 'Riesling' right you have to smile."); and she provides a great postgraduate curriculum of buying strategies, including the pros and cons of wine shops versus your nearest Costco; and a consumer advisory about restaurant's "award-winning wine lists." --Tony Mason --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was a great starting point that enables me to buy and understand wine. It is geared toward the every-day consumer who wants decent fluency in wine at stores and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Business Student
Many years ago when I was first given this book as a gift, it taught me everything I now know about wine, which is significantly more than most people (but much less than an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amber
Helpful, easy to read, not too dumbed down. A perfect book for anyone wanting to learn all about wine.Published 4 months ago by linda sullivan
It's our reference and we're always coming back for yet another recommended tasting with different wines. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Exactly what I was looking for! Simple, methodical approach to learning wine.Published 5 months ago by tad
Great for people just getting to the wine making process, & the history for the different wines & grapes around the world.Published 6 months ago by Serena