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Already justly renowned for his popular Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, Zraly now turns to the world of wine writing with an anthology of articles about wine that appeals particularly to the inquisitive novice looking for a structured approach to the vast world of wine lore. The greatest mystery for many is how to express in words the many diverse sensations that wine can bring to the palate. So Zraly reproduces Lettie Teague’s brief essay on tasting vocabulary. Evan Goldstein contributes his informed opinions on pairing wines with all sorts of different foods. Alan Richman gives a glimpse into that rarefied company of connoisseurs who seek out the scarcest and best wines and for whom mere price is never an obstacle. Multiple authors help introduce the stunning variety of wines from all the world’s major production areas, and sort through their most significant bottlings. --Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kevin Zraly is the founder and teacher of the Windows on the World Wine School that has graduated more than 14,000 students. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Wine Council and the James Beard Award, among others. Zraly has been featured in the New York Times, People, the Wall Street Journal, GQ, Newsweek, and USA Today and is a Georges Duboeuf Book Award Winner.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402797532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402797538
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric Miller on November 19, 2010
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Zraly is the master of wine education for energetically bringing to light, simplifying and making deliciously understandable even the most complex aspects of winedom. So I was at first unsure why he created this anthology of other people's words on the subject. What I found was the holy grail and foundation material that has been the basis for wine educators, wine writers and winemakers now and for the past 40 years. Debunking wine myths with facts and studies, enhancing traditions with rich readable reasoning, this succinct body of works is one of the great reference books of our time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By winebookguy on November 27, 2010
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In the wine book genre we have so many serious and ponderous books, so much reference and finely organized information on grape varieties, regions, vintages etc., it just becomes exhausting at times. Do publishers not realize that some times we just want to read about wine for pleasure?

The irony is that most wine writers have written some very pleasureable pieces, but it takes an insightful, well read colleague like Kevin Zraly to gather together all these delightful tidbits. Working in the tradition of the great wine writers whom mentored Kevin, he was able to emulate the classic wine pleasure book, THE FIRESIDE BOOK OF WINE by our mutual friend, Alex Bespaloff< RIP. He gathered the best from the best, with his great personal presence in the wine biz, and the universal love and respect he enjoys from his colleagues, Kevin is perhaps the only living author who could assemble this delicious assortment of wine literary candy.
Worth twice the price and with Amazon selling for half the price it is worth 10 times what you will pay for this book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 31, 2011
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`The Ultimate Wine Companion' is a handsome book with sturdy cream coloured pages. It gives you readings about wine and an education. There are many excerpts by wine authorities, something is written about each one as their excerpt begins. There are tales of excess...spending $25,000 for a week of wine tasting and food and the real story of California wining the wine tasting in France.

Sections include thoughts on wine, tasting wine, wine and food, making wine and the different regions of the old world and the new world. There is a history of each area, information how the wine is produced and what the finished product is like. Examples of labels are shown, information about the vineyards and vintages.
The appendices give classifications, best vintages, a glossary with pronunciations, the contributor biographies and an index.
This would give anyone the information they need to become an oenologist, or enough information to be someone who knows what to expect and look for when they purchase wine.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Maine Shank on August 2, 2011
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This book takes knowledge from a variety of well respected profesionals and provides a coherent perspective into the wine world (snobs and all). Its an all together good read for knowledge or just an easy read to sit on the deck and enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. Speckled with humor and scientific knowledge, it is sure to keep your attention.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob and Carri on March 24, 2014
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My husband was given this book and absolutely loved all the information on the differences in the wines, their process of making, their origins, etc. He bought one for one of our sons-in-law and he loves his, too! Great book for the person who truly desires to know about the different wines and all that goes into processing them. Also tells you which wines you may want to serve with different food groups or dinner recipes.
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