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Kevin Zraly's Complete Wine Course Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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However, the softcover Windows on the World Complete Wine Course book has a series of smartphone tags/tiny URLs throughout it that help the reader with pronunciations, and a series of instruction videos (which I could not find and so could not view).
The binding of the paperback seems a bit flimsy: it is the standard so-call "perfect binding" common to all paperbacks, but the paper is is very good quality (as good as the hardcover) and makes me doubtful of how long the binding would hold up under use.
This book is among the best I have seen for an introduction to wine. The content seems accurate and is very detailed and there are small quizzes at the end of each chapter to test/reinforce the knowledge gained from the reading.
Of the dozen or so books on wine I have purchased recently, I would rate this as one of the top two (the other being the much more inclusive and more expensive Exploring Wine by Koplan, et al).
If you're looking for a comprehensive introduction to wine that will inform without inundating you with TMI, this is the book I would recommend.
The tasting guides will be invaluable in the future and the review at the end of each lesson truly helps with test prep. Highly recommended as a book to keep on the shelf for a long time.
Reading through this book feels like the author is well versed in wine but has not bothered to learn any new information related to the field in quite a few years (despite it being updated in 2011). You will learn more about older wine styles from Italy, Spain, France and California Cabs/Pinot Noir but won't learn to much about the differences between a Australian Malbec and a Chilean Syrah/Shiraz. Also, the vintages that are noted in the book stop at 2009 - a bit outdated for 2013.
My biggest problem with this book is the factual accuracy. Within the first few pages, the author claims that alcohol is denser than water. Seriously? This absolutely false statement caused me to treat the book as not really a way to learn facts about wine, but really just learn "one man's truth" about wine. The book is also littered with inconsistent data. For example, the front chapters say that Italy is the largest importer of wines to the US. In the last chapters, he claims that France is the biggest importer. Now, are these large issues? No, not on their own, but it makes me call into question the validity of the rest of the information presented.
No matter how much you think you know, this book will teach you something.
Kevin Zraly, enough said.
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This is the only wine book that anyone should buy who is interested in getting past just the basic 10 grapes everyone knows. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Costello
A goof reference to take with you shopping as werll as increasing one's knowledge about selecting wines.Published 8 months ago by B. Lyn
This is an exceptional Primer and advanced study guide for understanding and appreciating wines from around the world. It is an excellent text book for wine classes.Published 12 months ago by Hill Climber
I live this book and as someone learning about wine it has been very educational. I have shared it with guests, friends and family and they love it and many have purchased it for... Read morePublished 18 months ago by CQ
The book is great. I like the picture and it's easy to understand for the whole process of wine making.Published 23 months ago by sarilak