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The Sommelier Prep Course: An Introduction to the Wines, Beers, and Spirits of the World Paperback – April 19, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470283189 ISBN-10: 0470283181 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470283181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470283189
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A complete introduction to wine, beer, and spirits for aspiring sommeliers, bartenders, and wine lovers

Whether you're studying for sommelier certification or you're a bartender who wants a better understanding of the beverages you serve, The Sommelier Prep Course offers the best up-to-date information on wine, beer, and all varieties of spirits. This heavily illustrated introductory guide covers New World and Old World wines, viniculture and viticulture, and fermented beverages such as sake, mead, and cider as well as beer and spirits. Students will find powerful study resources, including review questions, key terms, maps, sample wine labels, and a pronunciation guide with more than 1,200 terms.

"At last, the wine enthusiast has access to a comprehensive work that approaches the wine and spirits culture in laymen's terms and delivers a wealth of detailed information in a format that is a joy to read. Michael Gibson's The Sommelier Prep Course is a must-have reference work for wine lovers and industry professionals alike. Historical and technical information, global diversity, and the often-asked questions are brilliantly addressed in this outstanding work."—Bob Foley, Winemaker and owner, Robert Foley Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA

"Any candidate who is in the process of studying for their introductory level certificate will find Mike Gibson's The Sommelier Prep Course very helpful. Mike has taught candidates how to pass this introductory level course for years, and this experience has allowed him to distill everything someone needs to pass this exam."—Eddie Osterland, America's first Master Sommelier

About the Author

MICHAEL GIBSON is lead instructor for wine and spirits at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale. He is a certified specialist of wine with the Society of Wine Educators and a certified sommelier with the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers. He also works in the beverage industry as the director of operations for a wine and spirits distributor.


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Well written, easy to read bok that is very informative.
Chelsea
I couldn't wait for my book to get here and now that I have it and have flipped through it, I can't wait to get started!
Danielle
It's a great study guide, or a wine enthusiast could also read this book to learn more.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I. King on April 5, 2013
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I'll make this short and sweet - although I've "been into" wines for years, I decided that it was time to become certified. This book is an excellent start and very well written. It's written at a level that anyone with an interest could understand without going into the sometimes dizzying details that can be found in other serious wine books. This is a true textbook; its layout, structure, and quizzes at the end of each chapter are helpful and educational.

I would recommend this for anyone - whether a novice who's just beginning to learn about wines, someone who is starting to work in the wine industry (restaurant, winery, etc.), or even someone who's far more experienced but who may be looking to go to the next level in wines and need a regular, go-to book for reference.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James F. Mugno on June 24, 2013
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Don't think the Intro Somm test is as easy as the review questions at the end of each of these chapters. It's not. The questions in the book are helpful but make sure you don't rely on them to be a gauge of the test. Great info in the book though. I enjoyed it for sure.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By quistz on February 25, 2013
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I believe this book is an excellent starting point for someone serious in educating themselves about wine. The first couple chapters that give a general overview of wine are not very useful even to a complete beginner. The author becomes engaging and extremely informative in the chapters covering wine tasting including step by step analysis to estimate such things as age and varietal. His sections on countries include a general overview of key facts as well as regional and varietal analyses. I would recommend this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mrthinkndrink on September 3, 2012
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Not much to debit here. This is a solid and inclusive review of basic wine, beer and spirits information. Could easily be a course book for an intermediate level class. Gibson's book is well written and presented. If you'd like to know more than the basics this is well worth the investment. It may not be quite enough to get you that coveted job as a sommelier, but it certainly provides a great foundation to build on. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K Habegger on March 24, 2013
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I recommend this book to anyone interested in wine, but would require it to those who are studying to be come sommeliers. It really helped with my tests to complete the courses for several organizations that train future oenophiles .
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 9, 2010
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Michael Gibson's THE SOMMELIER PREP COURSE offers a fine introduction to wine, beer and spirits for aspiring sommeliers, bartenders and wine lovers and offers its review in layman's terms so that any studying for sommelier certification or who wishes to improve their bartending skills won't be stymied by language! It packs in fine illustrations as it covers New World and Old World wines, viticulture, and other fermented spirits and acts like a study course complete with review questions, maps, key terms and more. A 'must' for any culinary collection!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nic5 on December 19, 2010
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Lots of great information. I really liked the chapters on the history of wine. Even with all the details this book has, it still was fun to read. I loved all the side stories that really bring wine to life. I have stopped reading many other wine book just because they are so dry. This book I actually finished. I also like that the author included information on beer and liquor as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amber on June 20, 2013
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This book was published in 2010 and has a lot of beneficial information! I really find that most everything is accurate with a thing or two off on percentages. it is very thorough.
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