- Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Paperback Edition edition (September 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393334848
- ISBN-13: 978-0393334845
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oldman's Brave New World of Wine: Pleasure, Value, and Adventure Beyond Wine's Usual Suspects Paperback – September 6, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Renowned oenologist, author of Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine, and columnist for Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine, Oldman offers a no-fuss, easy-to-follow yet thorough and informative guide to less popular varietals. While he doesn't cover German Riesling, he does include Rieslings from Australia and from Austria as well as only "good" merlot. For many, this will be their first introduction to Spain's Albariño, Southern Italy's Aglianico, and France's Cahors, as well as numerous others. For each, Oldman provides a handy reference guide that includes the wine's price range, suggestions for similar wines, and label information. He also includes a valuable guide to food and flavor pairings. Throughout, Oldman shares commentary from an insider group he calls the Bravehearts, wine enthusiasts such as industry experts like Andrew Adam and Mannie Berk, noted chefs including Ming Tsai and Alain Ducasse, and famous individuals with a penchant for good wine like Jodie Foster and Hilary Swank. In addition to white, pink, red, bubbly, and dessert wines, he also explores big bottle, box, and aged wine. For those looking to expand their vinous palate, Oldman leads the way.
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“A welcome discussion of many little-known wines that have a great deal of pleasure to offer.”
- The New York Times
“The perfect book for someone who’s just caught the bug, or would like to...breezy, literate prose...Oldman knows his stuff.”
- Jay McInerney, The Wall Street Journal
“For those looking to expand their vinous palates, Mark leads the way.”
- Publishers Weekly
“Charismatic and cool…full of snappy insights.”
- Library Journal
“Carefully curated…witty and accessible, for enthusiasts of all levels.”
- Fine Cooking
“Amazing, hilarious, fascinating…a must for anyone who likes wine.”
- Marie Clare
“He’s so vine…an oenophile wizard…whose book is lively and non-snobby.”
- Washington Post
“A great gift for beginners and especially for anyone in a malbec or chardonnay rut, thanks to Oldman's clear writing, understanding of context, and great palate.”
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Already my dog-eared restaurant companion, this book [is changing my view of wine] the way the Great Beer Guide changed my appreciation of the noble grain.”
- Austin American-Statesman
“If you are stuck in a wine rut, reach for this―it's just plain fun. Packed with suggestions ...easy to explore...unpretentious and informative...a great gift.”
- Charlotte Observer
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The format of the book is excellent and a pleasure to read ( not a text book ) and the guy is just plain funny ! Each chapter gives some history and also endorsements of the wine from his "Brave Hearts", celebrities and wine experts, with critiques and food pairings. Mark's alternative recommendations mirror his first book. Instead of Syrah, try Nero D'Avola; instead of Merlot, try Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Tired of Pinot Grigio, try Vermentino.
There are so many positive points about this book its hard to even give it justice with a short a review, so "pure and simple" buy "Oldman's Brave New World of Wine" and enjoy his voyage to faraway vineyards.
His books are educational, fun to read and well written.
I have used his first book, Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine, as a tool to educate and enlighten my staff. I plan on doing the same with Oldman's Brave New World!
He has written another gem! Thanks Mark!
Steve Millington, GM/CFO, Michael's Restaurant, NYC
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