- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books (November 11, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416948155
- ISBN-13: 978-1416948155
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season Hardcover – November 11, 2008
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The style of writing is easy reading but does have plenty of useful content for a wide range of people's wine knowledge. Each seasons/months entries include recommended wines, wineries, regions and some useful trips to enjoying wine such as how to chill a bottle of wine in 5 minutes. He also has entries from various sommeliers for each season/month so you have several points of view on the topics being discussed for the season. He includes most of the latest topics in the wine world -- retail, production and collecting.
The books makes me want to read "Dr. Vino" blog regularly and I make wine for a living! The organization of the book is well thought out and visually appealing to read.
If you are interesting in get a well-rounded overview of the wine world and what varietals are hot right now, I would strongly suggest that you read this book with bottle of your favorite wine! Who knows you might get inspired to try some new wines!
He takes us to his Caribbean vacation incident. He was at a "swanky" restaurant (by which he means a color-free tent with techo music, perhaps by Dieter and Der Sprokets), where he was disappointed by the big hot California reds that some see as all the rage now. He thinks they need a fireplace in the cold background. I was surprised he did not understand their ability to stand up to the strong spices of some of that cuisine, especially after sunset. Light and fruity by day is true enough, but his axe-grinding is, well, just that and not useful to the beginner.
His two themes do not play well, context and different. In Southern France, where he loves his rose wine in warm weather is perhaps his epitome of NOT "drinking different". And why French wine is less enjoyable in Chicago is beyond me. Also, the French have a long tradition of not drinking different (sic). They always like rose in warm weather and Champagne in months containing vowels.
He also confuses context with terroir, that big buzz word. I believe he knows the difference, but he is not careful enough to say.Read more ›
Although the approach mentioned above of recommending wine for the circumstances and time of year is unique, it was his tone of voice that really sold me. He does a good job of making learning about wine approachable, and yet still coming off as credible. This is a tough balancing act and he masters it well. I didn't realize how much I appreciated this until I found myself WANTING to read it while on the stationary bike at the gym. So many reference books about wine, cheese, or other culinary topics are very dry and encyclopedic. That is, the kind of book you would reference if you had a specific question, but that you wouldn't want to read for fun. As you might have guessed from my taking it to the gym, this is not true with A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season.Read more ›
To Colman, context is everything; and, I agree with him. The greatest bottle will be remembered as swill if it's downed in unpleasant circumstances.
There are a number of very reader-friendly aspects to this book: an enjoyable and elucidating "Sommelier Survey" at the end of each chapter where Dr. Vino (his alias) interviews a well respected sommelier, and side bars where Colman educates us about: Riedel stemware vs. Tritan Force, decanters, spotting fraudulent wines, sulphur allergies, and what wine goes well with chocolate (a particular favorite of mine; see chocolateratings.wordpress.com for more on that topic).
As a holistically oriented soul I was entranced by his synopsis of biodynamic wine-making inspired by Rudolph Steiner (the founder of Waldorf Schools).
A large subtext of the book is his focus on seasonality. A topic worthy of all the attention he lavishes on it, as it can make or break our experience. Who really wants a heavy Bordeaux on a hot August day?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Year of Wine is a great addition to my wine guide collection and takes a unique approach on wine pairings. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Jaylah Abella
It's an ok book for a beginner but not for anyone who is a step higher in the wine
world. You have to read through a lot of basic wine info. Read more
I've always liked wine, but admit I've never really known as much about them as I'd prefer. I've purchased SEVERAL books. Read morePublished on May 24, 2009 by Mark Michener
I like this book, but I wouldn't pay full price for it. It's got some good information presented in a look-it-up-as-you-go type of way. Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by E. Braun
This is a very informative book, well written and easy to read.
This book takes a different approach than say, The Wine Bible. Read more
In my mind this is more of a coffee table book. It does, however, give a pretty good overview of wine pairings, what to look for in a wine, which wines to try during the different... Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by S. Shrader
I have a number of wine reference books, and most of them get put right on the bookshelf for when I need to reference them. Not this one. Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by The Good Life
A Year of Wine is a great addition to my wine guide collection and takes a unique approach on wine pairings. Read morePublished on February 21, 2009 by Gadget Girl
I found the Year of Wine to be very informative. With monthly breakdowns to follow seasons. I have two problems with the book though. Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by Marisa