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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060828331
  • ASIN: B001PO68WE
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leslie Sbrocco is the award-winning author of Wine for Women and a regular wine columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has appeared in publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine; Family Circle; Redbook; and Working Mother. She is the host of the Emmy-nominated show Check Please! on PBS and appears regularly on national radio and television including the Today show and CNN. In addition to her writing and television work, Sbrocco is a nationally recognized speaker and wine consultant for the Kimpton Hotel Group. She lives with her family in Sonoma County, California.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wine Maven on October 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
After seeing Leslie Sbrocco lead one of the most fun and entertaining wine seminar's I've ever attended, I read her first book, WINE FOR WOMEN, and admittidly became a fan. Just got her second book, THE SIMPLE AND SAVVY WINE GUIDE, and find the way Leslie has chosen to divide up her wine recommendations extremely helpful. As a busy person, (who doesn't have time to learn about every wine region, varietal and style of all the wines available) her idea to discuss wines by occasion, food pairings, seasons, and they way I live with wine is brilliant! Plus I also appreciate her insider tips on "hidden treasure" wines, restaurant winners, and "makeover wines" that are comparable to more expensive wines. Another winner. I highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on February 9, 2009
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This book is printed on recycled paper so the color is an off gray. This book is only 3 years old and the pages have already started turning yellow and the print has faded. There are no pictures so there's no eye-catching appeal. The font is typewriter style so it too looks unprofessional. This book would not be a good gift as it feels and looks cheap. The cover lacks synergy and based upon the books' look alone I wouldn't have purchased it. However, I'm really glad I did.

Now for the real heart of the book. There is alot of useful information to be found in its' 300+ pages. All the pages appear to be boring excel spreadsheets but don't let that fool you because they are filled with excellent information.

The chapters are divided into wines that fit a certain "party" theme. For example, there is a chapter on Bathtub wines, elegant wines that invite relaxation. Ms. Sbrocco's first pick is a Mosel Riesling. I would have to say that that would be my first pick as well. It's lower in alcohol, crisp and just quenches the soul so to speak. She then moves on to a spreadsheet outlining her top picks. The first is White, then Red then Sparklers. She gives specific producer recommendations which depending on the State you live in and its liquor laws, you may or may not be able to purchase. Just plan on purchasing an off-dry Riesling, regardless of the producer, because you may not be able to find Bloom specifically.

She also has chapters devoted to Girls Night Out, Wedding Wines, Sexy Wines, Picnic Wines, Pizza Picks, Snack Party foods, Cheese Wines, etc. It's all invaluable information. I don't think you'd learn alot about wines from this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cinderella on December 12, 2006
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What a fantastic find this book is. I was looking for a book that I could use as a guide for picking wines as gifts and for entertaining and this book has been the most helpful, fun and quite frankly the simplest guide I have ever seen. What is really cool is that I can look up a wine by producer, region, wine type, price or stlye by using the handy indexes in the back of the book. This means I can quickly look up all the oaky chardonnay's under $10 quickly and easily. I also enjoyed the makeover wines section that allows a person on a limited budget to try wines that taste like the big bangers without the cost. I highly recommend this book. Fabulous!
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By Mike in Texas on November 7, 2012
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I bought this to better understand wine and food pairing. Leslie is an interesting writer with a passion for wine. Written for wine for the novice to experienced wine drinkers.
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This is a fun and lighthearted guide to wine selection for times when you want something nice and readily available. You've gotta love a wine enthusiast who includes a category on bathtub drinking. There is also a section for picnics which inspired me to plan a romantic picnic with my husband. He runs his business these days on a very tight budget and therefore has no hired help which means only one day off a week and no vacations. An al fresco lunch in the park with a few nice wines seems just the ticket.
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