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Kevin Zraly's Complete Wine Course Hardcover – September 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Kevin Zraly's Complete Wine Course
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure; Revised edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402787936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402787935
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kevin Zraly is the founder and teacher of the Windows on the World Wine School, now in its 33rd year, which has graduated more than 20,000 students. Zraly was recently honored with a James Beard Lifetime Award; his other honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Wine Council and the James Beard Award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year. He has been featured in The New York Times, People, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, and many other publications. He is also the editor of the highly acclaimed The Ultimate Wine Companion.

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The writing in it is very clear and easy to read.
Greg Serba
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 Wily One
I purchased this book hoping it would be even better than the 2007 edition.
Kathleen A. Riehle

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Princess on September 5, 2011
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My husband and I are just getting "into wines". This book is EXCELLENT! Not only does it explain the classifications of wine, but it puts the information into understandable terms. We first used it as a reference but now read it because it is informative and written so well. Now instead of bringing a bottle of wine to our dinner party hostess, we bring a copy of this book - price is about the same. And we get it quickly through Amazon prime.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Wily One on December 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As best as I can tell, this book is identical to Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course in regards to text, illustrations, maps, and pagination.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James M. Weiss on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just picked this book up yesterday and was blown away by how simple and informative this book was - I've never seen another wine book that starts from such a basic level without being condescending while giving an overview of wines around the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms Boxova on July 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kevin Zraly is lauded as a master sommelier for good reason. He knows about as much about wine as there is to know. I've bought several editions of this book as they came out an have never been disappointed. Each new edition has something new and exciting. The book is interesting, entertaining and full of useful information for anyone who really wants to know about wine. I loved learning about the different geographical areas, what terroir does to grapes and as a result, can pretty much tell whether a wine from a certain area will be something I'd like or not. I've tried enough "samples" to prove it. I often donate a "wine basket" to charities for raffles and always include a copy of this book as part of the prize.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seth Alexander on July 19, 2013
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I recently started work at a restaurant with two Certified Sommeliers on staff. I decided to increase my value as an employee and for future jobs to start working toward that status. I asked both of them what should I do to prep for the Level 1 course and test. They both recommended this book. It's a great read and explains the world of wine in a complete yet still concise way.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bender on July 11, 2013
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I am using this studying for Sommelier exam. It reads very much like a textbook and covers a wide range of regions and wines. Very French-centric, which is perfect for my personal needs. If you are looking for something to go a little more in depth in certain wine regions (i.e. South America, South Africa) probably not the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily List on April 29, 2013
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We are using this as a text book in our Wine shop. Easy to read, easy to follow.

No matter how much you think you know, this book will teach you something.

P.S.
Kevin Zraly, enough said.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claire Y Ishii on April 8, 2013
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Covers with broad strokes the must-know aspects of wine and wine regions. however, if you're looking for detail, this book may not satisfy you. For instance, only 2 pages are given for port wine.
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