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The Sommelier Prep Course: An Introduction to the Wines, Beers, and Spirits of the World 1st Edition

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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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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Excellent book. Very informative and practical. I was able to use the information in my wine tastings and they were very helpful. Also the food and wine section is very good and helped with my cooking match ups. Overall a very nice and enjoyable reading.
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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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