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Red Wine For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)) Paperback – October 14, 1996

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The authors of Wine for Dummies and White Wine for Dummies have produced a handy primer on the fundamentals of red wine. After a brief introduction to the varieties of grapes and the seven classic types of red wine, the reader (and taster!) is introduced to the world's greatest offerings, including less recognized wines from Chile and Australia. The familiar Dummies-style "Part of Tens" includes 10 wine-tasting exercises using affordable vintages.

From the Back Cover

"A fantastic book! Just what we need to navigate the maze of all the red wines in the world."
—Jess Jackson, Founder, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates

Includes more than 1,000 red wine recommendations

The fun and easy way® to select, serve, and enjoy red wine

Can you ever serve red wine with fish? How does a Cabernet differ from a Chianti? Where do you look for red wine bargains? Stumped? Don’t worry! This friendly guide takes the mystery out of red wine – and shows you how to truly enjoy it.

Praise for Red Wine For Dummies

"Bravo! A complex subject taught clearly and comprehensively with a touch of humor."
– Yves Durand, The Sommelier Society of America, Inc.

"[The] relaxed, yet knowledgeable approach to a rather daunting topic will have novices and wine aficionados alike enjoying the book."
– Bruno Ceretto, co-owner, Ceretto Winery, Piedmont, Italy

Discover how to:

  • Taste differences in wine styles
  • Enjoy reds from around the world
  • Decipher a wine label
  • Find red wine values
  • Pair red wine with food

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 14, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764550128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550126
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By KL Lim(kooili@hotmail.com) on July 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of the few wine books I've come across that goes out to the reader in plain everyday English. It does certainly make a complex subject a lot more approachable. A good introduction to red wine that answers the questions you were afraid to ask for fear of seeming to be ignorant. Read this before you go out and buy your first bottle of red wine and you'll enjoy it better!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J.A. VINE VOICE on December 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
As I wrote in a previous review of The Sommelier's Guide to Wine, I am just beginning my introduction to the fascinating world of wine. While the former book has been invaluable, so has this - Red Wine for Dummies.

As always, the language is very accessible and the subject material easy to understand, even when some of the more difficult or intimidating aspects of wine are discussed (such as when and why to decant, picking a wine, a guide to wine terms, etc.)

The descriptions of the grapes themselves are marvelous. For example, here is the description for a Zinfandel (yes, Zinfandel is a red grape - White Zinfandel [all apologies to those who like it] is a wine made by ruining the grape): "The Zinfandel grape gives good color to the red wines made from it, along with bramble-berry fruit flavors and aromas and a spicy character. The intensity of the wine varies according to where grapes grew and how old the vines are; some very old (80 to 100 years) vineyards make wines that are full bodied and dense with flavor. More typically, Zinfandel makes wines that are medium bodied, with succulent fruit and medium tannin." Sure there are descriptions in fancy wine magazines that are more complete, but chances are you wouldn't have the slightest idea what they're talking about.

This book also covers regions where wines are made, climates, soil, and everything that goes into producing a good red wine. It's a superb book for a beginner.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alice M. Verberne on September 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
What a joy. This quick, fun read is well worth your time.
Wine for Dummies is like having your own personal expert with a sense of humor.
I live in Europe and applied this book to my "studies" of wine by buying bottles and tasting. The lessons in the back are fun and fantastic.
Good reading and tasting!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Michael on January 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Tired of the fact that you can't get straightforward answers to the questions that beginners have? This is the book for you. The authors don't pretend to be exhaustive, but rather they provide an overview that can impart a significant amount of material quickly and understandably.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wot4 (100023.3275@compuserve.com) on September 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
As a complete beginner to the subject of red wine this is a great yet simple introduction to the major red wine and grape types. There is no bias evident in the authors assessment and there is good guidance to the best value wines. The only downside is the somewhat superior references to the various scents found in the wines. Recommended.
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