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Official Guide to Wine Snobbery Paperback – November 1, 1982


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (November 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688016057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688016050
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,636,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leonard S. Bernstein's work includes a collection of poetry, short stories and numerous articles for the New York Times, the Village Voice and several other publications. He currently resides in Westbury, New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2001
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The book is written as an autobiographical story about Bernstein's quest to reach the upper ranks of wine snobbery. He covers what to order and when (and how to go from impressive to daringly impressive w/out spending too much) paring wine with food, what to do with the cork, how to taste wine without looking dumb, best names for wine ever, etc.
This book is great for beginners because it's a great way to learn, or for someone who already "knows it all" when it comes to wine because it's so funny. I've bought this book as a gift for several people and they always comment on it months later. While I suppose you could learn to become quite a wine snob, it's easier to laugh at them. I also noticed that my confidence around wine improved when I realized that the main thing a "real wine snob" did was ignore all "rules" about wine with confidence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2003
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This book is out of print and I managed to get a used copy as a gift to a friend. I first read it a few months ago, also a few months after I first got interested in wine. This is great reading for anyone into wine tasting, even only remotely. It not only gives you quite some information about French wines (occasionally American ones), but also teaches you how to be snobbishly cool with the whole thing with scathing humor. You'll laugh as you read through and recognize as well as make fun of your own snobbery in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 8, 2003
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The Official Guide To Wine Snobbery by Leonard S. Bernstein is an amiably and expertly written guide to everything from how to properly hold a wine glass, to matching foods and wines, to popular controversies surrounding wines and their tasting, and a great deal more. Informed and informative, The Official Guide To Wine Snobbery is an enjoyable, accessible, 160-page instructional guide which is especially recommended for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the pastime and culture of wine tasting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1997
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This witty little gem will guide the aspiring wine enthusiast past the pretensions of wine snobbery towards an informed appreciation of wine. It's a beginner's primer that will save the reader from the occasional social faux pas and knock the real wine snobs down a peg
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