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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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For beginners, this book should be read after "Wine for Dummies" (WfD). I recommend WfD as the book to purchase if you only want one book. If you want two or more, which is very likely, the second one is this one, "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course" (WotWCWC). This book covers reds and whites, in depth, as well as a clearly diagrammed set of geography pictures and notes.
The author takes out much of the snobbishness of others, presenting a great deal of information in an attractive manner. This is great for the library as well as a book that can be laid out on a table for casual reading by guests.
There is a FAQ section towards the back that is very good. There are also some suggestions for starting your own collection and for those that want to make a restaurant wine list (which is also a must-read because some of it will apply to your own collection).
This book is a must-have for a wine library. Your guests will also appreciate it.
What Zraly does is write a clear, organized, knowledgeable, and often humorous look at wines, from Bordeaux to Zinfandel; from wine pouring methods to wine tasting methods; from Washington State to South Australia. All along it's an amazingly easy read. And while it is no doubt indispensable for those new to the wine game, it is vital for any of us who do know a lot about wine, but don't always remember all of it. What are the major white wine grapes from the Loire Valley? It's in there. What is the AOC, and how does it work? In there. What's the difference between a port and a sherry. All there.
This new updated version is miles better, and more picturesque than the old crappy 1988 edition I had been holding on to all this time. So glad I got this at Amazon. Even if I don't read it again, it's a great looking hard cover book at a great price!
In short, I'm glad I read it, but I would get more just talking with someone at my local wine merchant--asking them to explain different wine styles, and asking them to help select a wine based on a meal I would actually eat.
When you have that first good glass, you seek out more, and during your search you discover that there are varietals you've never heard of: Viognier, Barolo, Carignan, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and so many others. As you taste these wines, you realize this is a world you want to know more about.
This is the perfect book to start your journey into the "wonderful world of wine". While it is very well written, it is certainly not comprehensive (no introductory book of any kind could be!) but there are times when the author references something that 1) you may wish to know more about; or 2) you feel it hasn't been adequately explained. I would highly recommend purchasing The New Wine Lovers Companion, available here on Amazon for only $10.17 (i.e., not any great expenditure) and keep it next to you while you go through the book. It will greatly enhance your experience.
When you have finished with this book you will have a solid understanding of all of the major wine producing regions in the world, the varietals that come from them, the wines that are made, and so much more.
I myself work part-time in a wine store, and recommend this book to everyone who comes in wanting to know more.
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This book was in perfect condition. Just as described. We are very impressed.Published 6 months ago by Eshopper
Greatness is based on knowledge, and this book is all wines...Published 18 months ago by Gerardo Martinez Casas
Best basic intro book on wine. Used this when taking the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory course and it was great.Published 20 months ago by Gretzky99
I bought this for my dad, who is a wine lover, and he enjoyed it very much.Published 22 months ago by caryniam
Great wine book with all kinds of wine with all of the descriptions of each. Was hard to put the book down!Published on January 1, 2014 by Sal