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4.0 out of 5 stars Needs reprinted with a simple & savvy cover., February 9, 2009
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This review is from: The Simple & Savvy Wine Guide: Buying, Pairing, and Sharing for All (Paperback)
This book is printed on recycled paper so the color is an off gray. This book is only 3 years old and the pages have already started turning yellow and the print has faded. There are no pictures so there's no eye-catching appeal. The font is typewriter style so it too looks unprofessional. This book would not be a good gift as it feels and looks cheap. The cover lacks synergy and based upon the books' look alone I wouldn't have purchased it. However, I'm really glad I did.

Now for the real heart of the book. There is alot of useful information to be found in its' 300+ pages. All the pages appear to be boring excel spreadsheets but don't let that fool you because they are filled with excellent information.

The chapters are divided into wines that fit a certain "party" theme. For example, there is a chapter on Bathtub wines, elegant wines that invite relaxation. Ms. Sbrocco's first pick is a Mosel Riesling. I would have to say that that would be my first pick as well. It's lower in alcohol, crisp and just quenches the soul so to speak. She then moves on to a spreadsheet outlining her top picks. The first is White, then Red then Sparklers. She gives specific producer recommendations which depending on the State you live in and its liquor laws, you may or may not be able to purchase. Just plan on purchasing an off-dry Riesling, regardless of the producer, because you may not be able to find Bloom specifically.

She also has chapters devoted to Girls Night Out, Wedding Wines, Sexy Wines, Picnic Wines, Pizza Picks, Snack Party foods, Cheese Wines, etc. It's all invaluable information. I don't think you'd learn alot about wines from this book. If you really want to know the differences in an off-dry, dry, Spatlese wines, etc you need to get The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine Basics, 2nd Edition. It has the meat and potatoes information about wines. This book provides the gravy in that it gives wine picks for everyday life.

This book contains a limited amount of recipes. They're mostly add-ons sprinkled throughout the book. If you want wines picks and recipes then choose Wine Food & Friends or even Wine Mondays: Simple Wine Pairings with Seasonal Menus. Both those books have recipes, menus and specific wine suggestions where this book does not. Those books also have pictures and are printed on quality paper so they will withstand the test of time. Both books have recipes designed for entertaining.

I just noticed this book was printed by Morrow so that explains the lack of pictures and paper choice. They don't hire descent food photographers. I would check out Ms. Sbrocco's website, [...] to learn more about wines and get her newsletter signup. I hope she would reprint this book with someone else so it would look as good as it truly is.
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