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Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2009 Edition (Kevin Zraly's Complete Wine Course) Hardcover – October 7, 2008


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  • Series: Kevin Zraly's Complete Wine Course
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 2009 Ed edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402757468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402757464
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "One of the best start-from-scratch wine books ever written." - Frank Prial, The New York Times.

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I feel like I'm learning about wine all over again.
H. Smith
This is a must have for anyone with an interest in wine.
ng
These books are well written and easy to understand.
C. Geisler

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ng on October 31, 2007
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I absolutely love this book. Incredibly informative and broken out so that you don't find yourself overwhelmed by all the vast information available in the wine world. I knew a little bit about wine before this book, and my knowledge has increased dramatically after reading this book. This is a must have for anyone with an interest in wine.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Keith E. Webb VINE VOICE on November 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2009 Edition (Windows on the World Complete Wine Course) is the number one book to learn about wine. It's a complete, readable guide to wine regions, grape varietals, wine pairing, and much much more. You'll learn about all the major wine regions, their typical grape varietals, and distinguishing characteristics.

Throughout the book specific, easily available, and affordable wines are profiled by winery. Special sections take this further: wine tasting "courses" of flights of different wines to compare; 101 favorite wines; and wines to begin a wine cellar.

I've completed two levels of the excellent Wine and Spirit Education Trust's wine programs. I'm amazed that Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World is just as thorough and is basically the intermediate level - in a book. I refer back to it often, and give it as gifts to friends who want to increase their appreciation of wine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Richards on April 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book in search of basic information about the wines of the world, the various grapes, regional distinctions and recommendations for all the categories. This book does not disappoint in that regard. I have no complaints at all about any of the information in the book--every bit of it was helpful. However, I would like to have seen more information about wines from the various regions of the U.S. (I live in North Carolina where we have quite a few vinyards, but my state wasn't even mentioned) other than the West and NY State. Also, after reading the book I realized I'd do well to make up some index cards listing categories and recommendations according to regions, so I could have something handy to go with me to the wine shop when I wanted to try something new. I think that a wonderful addition to this book would be some tear-out "cheat sheets" to carry in one's pocket or purse. However, for an at-home reference, this book is excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mollie Craven on December 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent resource as your are starting to dive into the world of wine. I was introduced to this book many years ago. It gives a very good over of most of the major regions (although it lacking New Zealand, which is mind boggling) Other than that small caveat, I think this is a must have in your wine library. I am in the wine industry, and teach a beginning wine class, and each of my students receive this as a textbook.
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105 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Charles on June 6, 2008
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If you don't know anything about wine then this book might seem to be a good introduction. However, if you have any prior knowledge then it is immediately obvious that the author is a self-absorbed pretender. The book fails on multiple levels:

Writing style
The book is poorly written and insults its readers. It's filled with little insinuations that the reader is a hopeless idiot, and after a few pages this repeated rhetorical device becomes insufferable. How often can you tolerate an author characterizing your thoughts and behavior as moronic just to set up the point that he is trying to make? Much of the text unreadable for this reason. In addition to talking down to his readers, the author generally writes like an eighth grader. He loves to put words in quotation marks for no apparent reason, typographical errors are common (even ones that would be caught by any computer spell checker), and he often trips over his own feet trying to write the simplest sentence. Finally, he talks about himself incessantly, like a bore at a dinner party.

Inadequate coverage
The book has gaping omissions at all levels. The author gives the impression that he is introducing the range of varietal grapes and growing regions of the world, but he misleads novice readers in this pretense. His coverage is limited, outside of a few uninformative and incomplete lists, to the larger regions and grape varieties. This is the kind of basic survey that one can gather from going to one or two wine stores and looking at the shelves: there's a lot of wine from California, France, Australia, Italy, and Spain. The author simply repeats the obvious in many parts of the book.

Inaccurate information
The one thing that a book like this should at least get right is the basics.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom the blog on November 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
delighted with this book, as someone who knows nothing about wine, this gives the right level of information to get going with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Geisler on June 14, 2008
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I do not have the 2008 edition (yet), but have the last 3 books. I strongly disagree with the reviewer who thinks that Zraley is full of himself and a "poser". First of all Kevin Zraley is THE wine instructor. Ever hear of a little restaurant called "Windows on the World"?

That said, his last 3 editions are a wonderful introduction to wine. As a restaurant manager, I keep them in our lending library and recommend them to all new servers, to get a handle on the vast world of wine.

These books are well written and easy to understand. They cover a little bit of each region, but do it in an interesting way.
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