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"Wes Marshall's column is one of the best in the country and is a marvelous guide to wines from all over the world."--Robert Mondavi
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About the Author

The wine columnist for the Austin Chronicle, Wes Marshall also writes for Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, Appellation America, Imbibe, and Wines & Vines. In addition, he is a special contributor to the Dallas Morning News and the author of The Wine Roads of Texas; he served as executive producer for the three-part PBS documentary based on the book.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (June 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653705
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book consists of several hundred brief essays on various wine topics. It's literally chock full of fun and interesting tidbits of info and trivia about wine. It's organized by overall subject such as winemaking, how to read a label, or wine growing regions, so it's not a haphazard collection of brief essays. Some of the descriptions of wines are a little fanciful at times, but the author's enthusiasm for the subject is contagious and the book is just fun to read, plus you'll learn quite a bit about wine. I think this book would be most appropriate for the beginning to intermediate reader. I found the chapters on types of grape varietals and wine growing regions the most interesting. It's fascinating to learn the different characteristics of each grape and how that is reflected in the wine, some of which I'd never heard of before. I read this book after reading Kevin Zrally's Wine Course book and it was perfect for that. Also I liked the quality binding and better than average paper quality, which, although a bit more expensive, makes the book easier to use and read.
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The title of this book is a question. The answer lies in the book. It is a 359-page book filled with very useful information that a wine lover will need. It is organised and to the point. The chapters cover a range of the most generally needed information: Buying wine; reading the label; grapes; wine regions; grapes to wine; how to taste; how to serve wine; storing and aging;wine travel and learning; and a glossary.

It tells us what a pinotage is; what chenin blanc tastes like; how to find Australian bargains; what goes with sushi; and many more. It has some amusing notes too. The author described two major styles of pinot noir (a grape variety) wine as likened to "Cate Blanchett" and "Angelina Jolie" - I suppose the rest of us will have to taste just the wine and imagine what it's like to to taste the stars.

Some of the information may be a little exaggerated, for example, when he teaches us how to pair nebbiolo (a grape variety) wine he says that the nebbiolo by itself is so tannic it might remind us of "sucking yesterday's tea-bag", but there are many nebbiolo wine that aren't as tannic as we are led to expect. The Australian "Two Hands" nebbiolo is tannic but not overpowering and can even be drunk easily by itself. His description of the different producer terms for Bordeaux and Burgaundy wine as "chateau" and "negociant" respectively will need clarification because they are more complicated than just a name, but the book was intended to provide specific information in brief terms for easy recollection. This was not meant to be a comprehensive book on wine, but that does not mean that it is a book meant only for the novice. It is a handy book that even the advanced wine drinker will be happy to own.
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I'm really enjoying this book. It's a well-organized, well-thought out guide to buying wine. I've stayed away from buying other wine guides because of their resemblance to encyclopedias. I'm not interested in becoming a connoiseur, just want to be able to navigate a wine shop and be able to purchase delicious wines. This book gives in depth look at wine, but not in an overwhelming way. It's exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much Wes!
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If you like wine and want to know more it, this book offers answers to every question imaginable. In fact, as it says on the cover, over 334 different wine-related pointers and tips are offered. It's a nicely produced book, with color photography, maps, charts, wine labels, and of course grapes. I'm a wine drinker, and I became more interested in wine after trips to France and to the Sonoma Valley. I even started a small collection of my favorites. Wine appreciation and collecting turns out to be very interesting. It's fun to learn about what makes a good wine and then use your knowledge and detective skills to find great wines at affordable prices. "What's a Wine Lover to Do?" is a great guidebook to take along on the journey.
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This is a great little guide with a lot of useful information, especially for the wine novice. It has a nice cardboard cover, and sturdy pages so will withstand a lot of wear and tear. It would be a cute hostess gift to go along with a bottle of wine. There is information about wine regions, how to pronounce the different types of grapes and wine types, how to pair wines with different foods, and many other tidbits of information. It is also an easy read. I leave it on the coffee table, and friends often pick it up and read several pages. It's a very good reference book that won't overwhelm you with TMI!
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This is a great book to get you more comfortable with the world of wine. It covers basic questions such as "What wines are best for sipping without food" and questions that you never thought to ask such as "Why are there roosters on Chianti labels?" I like to read a couple pages every night but it can also be used as a reference guide with sections such as How to Taste and Serving Wine.
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