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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402786255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402786259
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"DeSimone and Jenssen, Wine Enthusiast's lifestyle and entertaining editors, have produced the first book devoted solely to the wines of the globe's Southern half. Within the last 25 years, wines from South America, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia have exploded in global popularity, and DeSimone and Jenssen give these exceptional winemaking regions the spotlight they've long deserved." —Wine Enthusiast
“The World Wine Guys, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, have done something nobody has ever done before: They've written a book dedicated 100 percent to "Wines of the Southern Hemisphere" . . . an homage to the plethora of fine wines from below the equator, and an encyclopedic source of information on the wine-producing countries and regions of the Southern Hemisphere, the wines themselves, and the people who make them. —Huffington Post

“On a more serious note—the massive 'Wines of the Southern Hemisphere' by Mike DeSimone & Jeff Jenssen, the World Wine Guys, has everything you want and need to know about wines from Brazil, Chile, South Africa and more. “More than just a simple listing of key countries, regions, and producers, this tome delves into the entire winemaking industry of the Southern Hemisphere, giving readers a historical, geographical, and enological overview.'” —Publishers Weekly

“No one has attempted to thoroughly zero in on these important wine-making spots of the southern hemisphere before this great, comprehensive tome by DeSimone and Jenssen.  A must-have for any good wine geek's library.” —foxnews.com
“When you consider the amount of accurate and unsnobby information in this book, not to mention its hefty size and intelligent design, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere is an incredible bargain.” —Austin Chronicle
“[A] terrific guide for those who wish to learn more about the wines that now make up nearly 30 percent of the world's total wine consumption . . . The authors' considerable expertise is evident on each page without becoming pedantic, making it a very fun read that is more like a conversation than a handbook.” —gazette.net

About the Author

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, known as the World Wine Guys, are Entertaining and Lifestyle Contributing Editors for Wine Enthusiast magazine. Their work has also appeared in Wine Spectator, Saveur.com, International Living, and The European. The duo has judged the prestigious Concours des Vins wine competition in Chablis, France. In 2010 they were inducted into the Confrerie des Piliers Chablisiens. They are the proud authors of the Port Wine chapter in Kevin Zraly's The Ultimate Wine Companion: The Complete Guide to Understanding Wine by the World's Foremost Wine Authorities and have written the upcoming The Fire Island Cookbook. Mike and Jeff were the first guests to pair wine with food on Martha Stewart's Hallmark Channel show and were featured guests on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit their website, worldwineguys,.com to see more, as well as Wine Enthusiast's winemag.com. They reside in New York City and southern Spain.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamesj Dalessandro on February 2, 2013
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If you're a wine lover or dabbler and rely on guessing or the advice of store clerks to try to gauge the wines from Argentina, Chile, South Africa and a host of other places south of the equator, well - life just got a whole lot easier. And cheaper. And tastier, nuanced, complex and full bodied. And we'll drink to that. If you're found the great, inexpensive Malbec's of Argentina, the the Shiraz of Australia, or the extraordinary Bordeaux-style blends of Chile then you should read on. If not, you should read on. Not here, obviously, but in this wonderful book. It's become a shopping guide. My friends think I'm a wine wizard, a man wise beyond his wisdom. My accountant congratulates my fiscal sensibility. My wine bills are down by 50%, my smile quotient up even more. My wife says "here's looking at you" with a glass of $12 reserve cabernet that is wow-inducing. It's a great book, a great find. I'm hoping they'll do California next. Seriously, it's that good. James Dalessandro, wino, author of 1906.
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Once upon a time...
.....If you consult not so old maps, maps by the time America was discovered,
let us say 1492, you willl find a definition of the Southern Hemisphere:
" Hic sunt leonis"; that means: here are the lions....
Today,instead of lions, today, there are very good wines!
This book shows that wines from Southern Hemysphere are the real protagonists in the wine real world market arena!
There, you will find one of the best world's Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, the best world's Malbec from Argentina, the best world'sTannat from Uruguay and the promising light sparkling wines from Brasil and, why not to say, the marvelous Pimot Noir from Patagonia.
Enjoy and discover!
José Paulo Schiffini
"The oracle of wine"
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy S. Mcdonald on November 2, 2012
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Well written and very complete. The coverage on all the wine producing countries is thorough and balanced. Truly an everything you need to know type of a wine book. Kudos to the authors! I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about the wines from these countries. Cheers!
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