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The Wine Lover's Companion Paperback – March, 1995

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Rich facts and details about wine spice a compendium of wine information, from grape varieties and ordering wine to understanding the world's wine-growing regions. More than 3500 wine-related terms are explained in a fine dictionary-style presentation. -- Midwest Book Review


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812014790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812014792
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst are the authors of the bestselling Wine Lover's Companion. Sharon is the award-winning author of twelve books on food and wine, and the foremost writer of culinary reference books, including the bestselling Food Lover's Companion and Food Lover's Tiptionary.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Dickey on December 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
I work part-time in the wine industry and found this book to be a wonderfully comprehensive, concise resource on wine growing, making and drinking. (There's a great companion book by the same authors on food.)
The sample pages show the depth of the definitions. The book is not nearly as detailed as Jancis Robinson's The Oxford Companion to Wine--which all serious wine industry people should have in their library. But neither is it as expensive nor as cumbersome. You can actually take this book to a wine tasting or have it beside you at a wine event or in a tasting room.
This is not simply for wine "drinkers" --comparing varietals, regions and/or vintages. It does give generic information to the wine drinker: types of wine and grapes, taste (earthy, fruity), typical cellaring time, what makes a good representation of that wine. But it doesn't give information on a specific bottle of wine. That's more appropriate in a time sensitive format.
But this book does cover the whole spectrum of winegrowing to wine drinking. It's a good resource for:
· An introductory winegrowing (viticulture) class since it explains the various bacteria, mildew, grape components, etc.
· An introductory winemaking (enology) class since it explains fermentation (primary, stuck and malolactic), brettanomyces, chaptalization, etc.
· Wine drinkers who have an occasional question about a grape varietal, a wine region or a wine term.
It is not the MOST comprehensive resource. That would be the Oxford Companion. But the only person who has found it lacking has been a friend who is studying for the Masters of Wine designation. That's a process that requires you to know all the wines in every country.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "winewright" on June 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I got this book because the owner of a wine store I buy from said it was the best, all-around reference he'd ever seen. "I always find what I'm looking for," he said. This guy's an expert so that was good enough for me. And he was right. This book is packed full of an incredible amount of useful wine information. I particularly like the phonetic pronunciations, which make me sound like I know what I'm talking about. Thanks to this book, I'm no longer intimidated when I'm talking about, ordering, buying or simply enjoying good wine. It's great for everyone from beginners to experts!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
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I came across this book recently, and I could not put it down! In addition to the basic descriptions, the author has added little bits of trivia that are as fascinating as they are informative. Anyone who loves wine as I do will have a blast. From Alsace to Zinfandel, it's in here!
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