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The Wine Club: A Month-by-Month Guide to Learning About Wine with Friends Paperback – October 11, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Meredith Books (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696225433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696225437
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Certified by the Master Court of Sommeliers, Maureen Christian Petrosky is a contributing editor for Bon Appetit magazine and has worked as a spokesperson for Better Homes and Gardens(r) magazine. She has made regular appearances as a food, wine, and entertaining expert on the Today Show, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and The Food Network. Maureen graduated from Villanova University and the Culinary Institute of America. She lives in New York with her husband, Michael, and twin boys, Christopher and Elliot.

More About the Author

Maureen Petrosky is a popular Lifestyle Expert that appears on NBC's Today Show.

Author of The Wine Club, The Cocktail Club, creator of the Maker Lifestyle Website, and columnist, fans love her accessible and fun approach to making quick and easy yet sophisticated recipes, parties, decorating, food and wine pairings, and of course cocktails.

Maureen is the ultimate hostess, and only Lifestyle Expert focused on helping young professionals, moms, neighbors and co-workers bring their on-line social experiences to life with real-world social clubs inspired by her smart- chic book series, TV and spokesperson appearances and regular editorial feature "The 10- Minute Happy Hour".

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It is very simply written and easy to follow.
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I bought this book for myself and thought it was so great I bought more to give as gifts to my friends, most of which were guys and they loved it!
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Great book if you want to start your own Wine Club!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By meurette.com on April 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
The wine club is such a great concept -- there couldn't be a more rewarding way to learn about wine than to share it with friends and be guided by a CIA grad and certified sommelier. Petrosky certainly has the notches on her belt to be a true wine snob, but she so smartly chooses not too. Her friendly voice and candor indicate that at some point in her life she too walked the first steps of learning about wine -- and therefore knows just the way to teach it to the rest of us! This book should be handed to everyone on the occasion of the purchase of their first bottle of wine. It is a great guide book to the rite of passage that is wine drinking.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. B. Kulers on October 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
With the glut of "how-to" wine books written by stuffy wine experts, Petrosky's book is a breath of fresh air. She's able to couch solid wine information in a fun, non-threatening package. She takes you through a year's worth of wine club gatherings with numerous hints, insights and facts not just about wine, but about how one might improve their life through friendships and camaraderie. She shows readers how much fun wine can be and that no one ought to be threatened by it. Oh and there are a ton of great recipes accompanied by solid techniques and serving suggestions that speaks to her experience as a chef and expertise on hospitality for contemporary lifestyles. This book opens the door to a world of wine enjoyment for anyone who's drinking the same-old, same-old Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay and is just slightly curious about the greater world of wine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on January 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I rated this book 4 stars rather than 5 because it lacks any pictures whatsoever and the print is hard to read. Otherwise, it is a must have. The print is dark purple on recycled paper and then the headings are written in a bold font with every other letter being regular font. It was distracting and almost seemed childish to have been typeset this way. There are also no actual pictures, just drawings.

The book is divided into each month featuring a different varietal. The months are: January, champagne; February, cabernet; March, syrah; April, merlot; May, viognier; June, riesling; July, chardonnay; August, sauvignon blanc; September, dessert wines; October, Zinfandel; November Pinot; December, pick your poison. So basically all the big grape types are covered.

So far I have done the June and August tastings. For June the chapter explains all the different types of Rieslings. The author suggests having a tasting with a German Mosel wine, both Kabinett (dry) and Spatlese (less dry), an Alsace, France Riesling, upstate New York, California and then adding a ringer of a Gewurztraminer. The chapter goes on to explain what to look for in a Riesling, its typical characteristics, body, and finish. The food pairings are coconut frozen yogurt, sushi rice, salmon nigiri, spicy tuna sushi rolls, california sushi rolls, and vegetable sushi rolls. All recipes are provided. It was absolutely awesome. I invited 8 friends to share in the tasting and everyone loved it. We're now committing to doing it every month and we're using this book as a guide. It went over so well that friends over Christmas wanted to have the sushi and rieslings all over again.

The next month we did the Sauvignon Blanc wines. I didn't follow the order of the book and you don't have to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monica on April 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Petrosky's approach to learning about wine is fun and inviting. I gave this book to a friend of mine for her bridal shower and she loved it. She started her own wine club and this book is her bible. It's a must buy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Gilmour on May 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Whoever picks up this book will love it! I work in a bookstore and many people come in looking for great books on wine for themselves or for gifts. There are many wine books out there, but none like the "Wine Club". This book is fun, informative, and a purchase you won't regret making!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Robertson on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I admittedly know little about wine, but I love to cook and I love to host gatherings with friends...This book's premise is so great! I love the author's tone and am learning so much and I haven't even had a club meeting yet! I am psyched to start a wine club and get my girls together...Great recipes, great information, and no intimidation. What a concept!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on March 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have to give this author props! She knows her stuff and makes it fun! I bought this for 10 of my closest girlfriends. This makes a great "girls night in" gift!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Cook on December 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
The thing I love best about this book is the author's total lack of snobbery. So many times wine is made inaccessible to people because of the seeming exclusivity of the groups who enjoy it. This is not the case with The Wine Club. It is fun and easy to read and makes me want to find friends, sit down and enjoy a glass! I love the personal stories of discovery and wish other wine publications had as much heart AND information as this one! I highly recommend it!
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