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How to Drink Like a Billionaire: Mastering Wine with Joie de Vivre Hardcover – October 11, 2016
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"This high-class guide is an adventure into the world of wine."
—Vanity Fair's "Books You Should Read Now"
"A guide to wine and Champagne to find the most delicious bottles for the best price."
"Advice on drinking wine with confidence and covers topics such as undiscovered wine regions and surprising wine and food combinations."
—The New York Times
"The ultimate guide to drinking like a billionaire on a normal budget."
"The best wine book of the year, giving people the tools to disarm the pretention of wine. Mark Oldman is the best in the business and the rare expert that can move between billionaires and casual drinkers, and take us all along for the ride."
—Dane Neal, WGN Radio
"Mark Oldman’s How to Drink Like a Billionaire brilliantly demystifies wine like no book has before, teaching us all to drink passionately, drink smart, and drink with utter confidence. With his usual ease and wit, he has written a guide to wine (and life) for our generation. And we will all drink better for it!"
—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host and author of Talking With My Mouth Full
"Oldman brings a congenial spirit and wry humor to this guide to selecting, drinking, and appreciating wine . . . a useful reference and an enjoyable lark."
"The cheekiest, most fact-packed cheat sheet in all of winedom . . . From Champagne to chardonnay, Mark Oldman helps professionalize your taste in wine."
—Jesse Kornbluth, The Good Man Project
"This unpretentious tome teaches readers how to imbibe like the 1 percent—for a fraction of the cost."
"An engaging guide to just about anything you could want to know about wine . . . It's no wonder Mark Oldman has become one of the most well-known experts on wine in the country."
"How to Drink Like a Billionaire is not just the best guide for drinking wine stylishly, but Mark Oldman offers his readers a comprehensive yet fun approach to one of our favorite topics. It's colorful, charismatic and innovative from beginning to end!”
— Marcus Samuelsson, chef, restaurateur, and author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, Yes, Chef.
"Too fun to put down . . . Oldman is one of the leading authors on wine."
"Wit is at the heart of this book, but so is wisdom. With his trademark accessible, personal style, Oldman unfurls all manner of advice, with the ultimate goal of helping us 99 percenters imbibe like the hoity toity do. Packed with informative infographics and incisive insights, Oldman's book is great for not only diving in deeply by a fire but also perusing a few pages at a time."
"This is the must-have guide to drinking wine like the 1 percent."
—Victoria Kelsey, Hampton Sheet
"Oldman lets readers know how to drink wine with confidence and style, in a funny and digestible manner."
"Filled with more than 100 short 'chapters'—many a single page, helping you navigate wine lists, find retail bargains, up your vocab, deal with 'glasshole' sommeliers and buy wine tools cheap—plus lots more of Oldman's irreverent, humorous myth busting. It's designed to make you a better-educated consumer, so you can do what billionaires love to do—live large and save money in the process."
"How to Drink Like a Billionaire lets you you in on the drinking habits of the super wealthy, and, more importantly, how to channel them on a budget."
—Wine Enthusiast's 2016 Cocktail Party Gift Guide
About the Author
Mark Oldman is one the country’s leading wine personalities. Bon Appètit described his style as “winespeak without the geek.” Twice the winner of the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award, his books—Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine (Penguin) and Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine (Norton)—have been called the “perfect book” by the Wall Street Journal and the “perfect primer” by The New Yorker. Oldman’s sold-out appearances at the country’s top gastronomic festivals are considered must-see events in the world of food and wine. He has been the wine expert for Pottery Barn, lead judge in the PBS television series “The Winemakers,” and the wine correspondent for the Food Network. Keenly interested in innovating in the areas of education and consumer advocacy, Oldman also founded and ran the career portal Vault.com for a decade until its successful sale to a private equity firm. A licensed attorney and three-time Stanford graduate, he serves or has served on five major boards of the university.
Top customer reviews
Billionaire is worth the buy if only for the "Oldman's 10 Best" chapters where the author names a popular wine, like pinot noir, and then lists 10 alternative wines that are similar but not as well known. Many of these wines are under-priced, pushed in the $10-$25 dollar range from lack of demand due to an intimidating name or lack of fame. These chapters spur the question, 'Why settle for a middle-of-the-road chardonnay, when you can drink a fantastic (insert top 10 recommendation here) for the same price?'
This book is the opposite of pretentious. Oldman's writing is approachable, witty, and will spark a little adjective envy as he masterfully describes wine using words not typically associated with drinking. I highly recommend stocking your bar with this book!
Second, the book is a guide to enjoying wine and life. There is a whole world of wine between high-end burgundy and wine with "lipstick, cupcakes or feet" on the label and Oldman urges his readers to explore and enjoy it. In Oldman's world, wine is not merely consumed, it is experienced and his book ensures the entire process can be savored.
Third, Oldman arms the unwary with the tools necessary to enjoy wine and the winebuying experience. Oldman gives the reader tips to assess where a sommelier's allegiances lie and then urges the reader to press the sommelier to be an engaged guide to wines on and off the list. (See off list bottles p. 101)
"How to Drink Like a Billionaire" furthers the manifesto of Mr. Oldman's last book, and gives the budding oenophile ample advice on how to drink bravely. The secret of a billionaire, it seems, is to focus on the joy in every drop and drink without fear. Do yourself a favor-- get this book, and buy more copies for friends and family. After all, why should billionaires have all the fun?
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