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Product Details

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470476265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470476260
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your comprehensive guide to all things wine

5 BOOKS IN 1

  • Wine For Dummies, 4th Edition
  • French Wine For Dummies
  • Italian Wine For Dummies
  • California Wine For Dummies
  • Australian & New Zealand Wine For Dummies

Want to learn about wine but don't know where to start? Thisvalue-packed guide gives you all the information you need tounderstand, purchase, drink, and enjoy wine. You'll discover howwine is made, explore grape varieties and vineyards, read labelsand wine lists, see how to taste and store wine, build animpressive wine collection, make perfect food pairings, learn aboutwines from around the world, and much more!

  • Get to know the hows and whys — see how grapesbecome wine and get all the expert tips you need to confidentlybuy, serve, taste, and store wine
  • Become a collector — gain the knowledge you need tobuild an impressive wine collection
  • Take a trip to France — travel region by regionthrough France's wine production and savor Bordeaux, Burgundy,Beaujolais, Rhône, and Champagne
  • Next stop, Italy — get a detailed introduction toItaly's broad range of wines and learn about the new wines and winezones
  • Come back to California — from Napa Valley to SonomaCounty to Southern California, sample the greats of the top-sellingwines in the United States
  • Meet the up-and-comers — visit Australia and NewZealand to experience the lush vineyards and get recommendationsfor bargains, splurges, and more
  • From the Old to the New World — from Spain toGermany, from Chile to South Africa, explore the beauty of suchofferings as Portuguese Port, Argentine Malbec, and GermanRiesling

Open the book and find:

  • Thorough descriptions of wines
  • Coverage of the prominent wine-making countries
  • Delightful food pairings
  • Details of the different grape-growing climates andsoils
  • Common wine pitfalls to avoid
  • Details on wines from around the world
  • Tips for becoming a wiser wine drinker and buyer
  • Wines that are worth the search

About the Author

Ed McCarthy, CWE, is a wine columnist forWineReviewOnline.com and for Beverage Media.

Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, is President of theInternational Wine Center in New York.

Maryann Egan is the wine writer for donna haymagazine, a leading food magazine in Australia, and is a regularcontributor to the Australian Gourmet Travellermagazine.

Customer Reviews

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This is easy to read and easy to use as a study guide.
Kim
One of the big and simple things I learned - I've been storing and serving my wine too cold - and accordingly missing a lot of complexity and flavor.
Lemon
This is the book that started my journey to becoming a sommelier.
phishstix

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lemon VINE VOICE on July 3, 2010
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I actually consider myself pretty knowledgeable about wine (certainly not a dummy), but I was suprised at how much I learned from this book! This is a very comprehensive book that cleared up many of my misconceptions about wine. One of the big and simple things I learned -

I've been storing and serving my wine too cold - and accordingly missing a lot of complexity and flavor.

The book has a detailed overview of the European wine regions. I am a California wine fan, and knew little about French and Italian regions. Now I can go to the wine shop with some confidence and expand my wine horizons. The book also uses very easy to navigate icons that highlight various aspects of the wine under discussion.

The book covers everything about wine - from how it is grown, how to pair it with food, how to store it, to how to buy it in a restaurant. It is written in an unpretentous and funny style that is entertaining to read. It is also helpful in instructing how to order wine in a restaurant - which can sometimes be daunting, Overall a great book that taught me a lot!

One recommendation. I bought the Kindle edition - and wish I had bought the actual book, as it becomes more of a reference book and it would be easier to access in paper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Russell Bittner on December 11, 2013
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I don't want to suggest that the title is any way a misnomer. Most book-browsers here in the U. S. are well aware of the "Dummies" series -- and I'm no exception. This was, however, the first time I actually read one selection from this yellow and black series -- and this, because the read, while not obligatory, was decidedly job-related.

What I can and *will* say is that I came to the book with what I thought was a fairly comprehensive knowledge of wine, having gotten the oenophile's equivalent of a bachelor's over the course of a decade in Europe, followed by half a dozen trips to Argentina and Chile--not to mention to California. Hence, I considered myself to be fairly literate in both Old and New World wines (*pace* Washington State and Oregon). This first-person experience was subsequently followed by a couple of jobs in some quite respectable wine outlets here in Brooklyn -- and I recently undertook a third.

But back to WINE (All-in-One) FOR DUMMIES. The book (or five books in one) would appear to have been assiduously researched by people who know what they're talking about, and their prose is eminently readable. Can you absorb it all in one reading? If you can, you're a better (wo)man than I! In fact, I suspect I'll have to read it at least twice more. Will I then be an expert in matters of wine, wine production and wine consumption? Certainly not. The universe of wine is expanding -- not to say exploding! -- at a pace that defies the simple oenophile's ability to keep up with it. And while I can think of few more pleasurable endeavors in life, this is a pleasure that demands self-education.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric J on May 31, 2013
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I tried to be romantic and gave this to my girlfriend as a gift along with a wine night. She loved it! We did not know anything about wine and the book goes over the basics of everything from the actual making of wine to how to properly drink it. It goes into a lot more depth than I was expecting and I think the book does a great job to set you up into really getting into wines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phishstix on June 22, 2013
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This is the book that started my journey to becoming a sommelier. It's incredibly accessible and informative. If you like wine and want to learn more about regions and varietals, get it! GET IT!!!
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By kolelynn on March 18, 2013
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This is a great value! And it the Wine for Dummies series, in my opinion are great "Wine 101" books for beginning your journey into more wine knowledge. Well-written for everyone, including the person just beginning to learn the lingo
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By Kim on June 24, 2012
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This is easy to read and easy to use as a study guide. If you are a beginner and want to learn about wine I would definitely recommend this book. It is nicely divided up into usable sections and like all dummies books the index is very user-friendly.
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FOUND THIS BOOK VERY USEFUL AND INFORMATIVE.
NOT KNOWING TOO MUCH ABOUT WINES, I FOUND THIS
VERY HELPFUL IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE VARIETY
OF WINES. GREAT VALUE ON AMAZON.
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All you need to know about wine is presented in this book. It covers all regions which produce wine as well.
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