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Uncorked: The Novice's Guide to Wine Paperback – February 21, 2011
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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.Read more ›
I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to understand the "hobby" of wine drinking.
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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As a wine drinker I found this book interesting and informative.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great for true beginners. However, don't stop there... keep on reading...some other books present different points of view and it is great to form your own opinion based on the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It was informative, but after a while it really didn't have a lot of substance to it. I expected morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Rassilyer
Great book for any wine novice. Takes you through all you need to know about wine.Published 5 months ago by George Bell
Modestly useful, would have preferred a slightly deeper discussion of select, important topics. The author has tried to cover a vast list of topics - thus everything rather high... Read morePublished 8 months ago by AS
Currently reading this book and I'm loving the ease of understanding Paul Kreider conveys. So much knowledge is gained in a matter of 60 pages with an easy drop and pick up... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevin Pierfelice