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.
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I am overwhelmed by the number of choices and brands of wine at the store, and knew next to nothing about wine, so I sought help. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Yuen
The author breaks down the ABCs of wine into manageable units--for example, the big six grape types- and then illustrates her points with suggested tastings. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pozdravy
I knew ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about wine when I read this book. After just the first two chapters, I felt very comfortable buying wine at stores and restaurants and could speak about... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Theresa P.
Great book. I have owned several on the subject and this is the best. Highly recommended. Only nit is that the comparisons require you to buy a lot of wine which can get expense... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Teddyc9