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About the Author

Paul Kreider, bestselling author and wine expert, has been a winemaker for nearly four decades. He established his own winery, the Ross Valley Winery, in San Anselmo in Marin County, California, and is currently a wine-making consultant in the new wine frontier of Northwestern Washington. He has educated thousands of individuals and groups about wine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Turner (February 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596528141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596528147
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a small book with a lot in it. I thought I understood a lot about wine until I read this book. It is a good book for novices as the title says, but it has a lot in it for the experienced as well.
The first question is, are you just drinking wine or are you tasting what you are drinking? The first few chapters are focused on taste. Each variety tastes a little different as do whites and reds. How do you find out what you really like? It's all there. Then there is the label on the bottle. The first thing a purchaser looks at is the label, often with great confusion. It's there too.
Say you like a cabernet sauvignons. They are not all the same. Rieslings' aren't either. What causes these differences? The grape, oak, sulfites, sediments all have an impact. It's all there in the book. Then there is malolactic fermentation. There was a wine I really liked. I asked the lady at the serving counter, "What causes this wine to taste so different, so good? She said "malolactic fermentation." She didn't know any more. The next time I went wine tasting I again asked the server what malolactic fermentation is: different answer than the prior answer. The only place I found an in-depth meaning full answer was in this little book.
You go into a store, even a wine store, to buy some wine. A certain bottle of wine appeals to you then you see its stopper is plastic. Do you just quietly put it back in the rack? There are a couple of chapters on that as well.
There are also some chapters on tasting wines, whether at home, at a party, or at a winery. These include smelling, looking, tasting, spitting, and all about wine snobs. Invaluable! The last chapters are on aging and storing your wine, effects of heat, and other information of use to the more serious of us.
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My daughter and I wanted to see what this "wine thing" is all about, and I have to say this book was very helpful. The format is very conversational, meaning that topics just show up like you're talking to someone rather than being laid out like a text book. It covers a lot of information in the beginning that I didn't understand as helpful until I actually started tasting.

I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to understand the "hobby" of wine drinking.
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I know a fair bit about wines but I still found this book informative and very well written. Clearly Paul has a passion for wines, which I very much share and appreciate. His enthusiasm comes across in the book nicely. The tone of the book is friendly and it's more like a friendly dialogue rather than a sermon.

The book covers a wide array of basics - from the different type of wines, to storage, tasting, drinking, marketing and distribution, vocabulary, behavior at a tasting or a restaurant when ordering wine - really a little bit for everyone regardless of your level of wine knowledge.

The book is a short, quick, informative, and fun read and I highly recommend it if you're looking to get some basic information or, like me, are just looking to further your knowledge of wines.
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Save yourself the money and the one hour it takes to read this book. I don't consider myself any sort of expert on wine, nor am I any type of lofty intellectual, but this book is written in the same manner I imagine children might learn about wine. The chapters average around 2 pages, in large font, and have no real direction or order to them. I learned nothing new or valuable, and I hardly know anything about wine. I've learned much, much more in the Wine for Dummies book I purchased immediately after: it actually goes into detail, with an exact index for easy reference, for only a few dollars more. Do NOT purchase this book, unless, perhaps, you are trying to train your toddler at a young age for the sommelier exam.
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As a person who longed to understand wine, Paul Kreider's book, UNCORKED, has become a valuable asset in my arsenal of understanding, but more importantly, he has brought an appreciation I never had before. This is an easy and entertaining read for anyone who wants to know more about wine. Recommendo!
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It was an interesting book with some insightful anecdotes. Some of it seems to repeat general knowledge about wine but the stories add some flavor. I did finish feeling like something was missing and that it didn't fulfill its promise to make me comfortable ordering wine in a nice restaurant and being confident it will turn out well. I will remember not to smell the cork if the waiter does so when delivering the bottle.
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this book was an easy read. it holds a lot of good information, its well written and a bit humorous. its also the first wine book i've read (granted that's only been a few so far) willing to say grocery store wine is mostly lousy. i'm 38 and thought i hated wine because i'd only had grocery store wine until a few months ago i wandered into a specialty wine shop and the owner convinced me to try it his way. he was right. now i'm really getting into it. i was glad to see a writer being honest about that.
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I knew nothing about wine so I bought this book. We are going to Italy and will be drinking wine frequently. I wanted to know how to appreciate the wine we will be offered. I can now impress my traveling companions. I feel more comfortable about this topic. TY to Mr. Kreider.
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