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Wine Secrets by [Old, Marnie]
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About the Author

Sommelier Marnie Old is one of the country’s top wine and beer educators. She teaches for New York’s Astor Center and Philadelphia’s Temple University and has served as the director of wine studies for Manhattan’s French Culinary Institute. Her first book, He Said Beer, She Said Wine, is a lively and entertaining debate on which drink pairs best with food.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1247 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1594742618
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (August 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW7E0G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most wine books are terribly written. There's a reason for that. We have too many wines and too few adequate concepts to communicate exactly what to expect from them -- something impossibly complicated by the fact that each and every food will alter the experience of the wine it's paired with.

The state of wine knowledge is especially difficult for the waiter. His job is to communicate clearly and quickly, to summarize, clearly explain and help the guest make the right decision. Yet those who make explaining wine their business are, perhaps by nature, attracted to endless detail, fascinated by the differences in terroir yielded by south facing limestone slopes versus north facing limestone slopes. Even if I shared their interest, as a waiter I don't have time for it.

Enter Wine Secrets. Marnie Old has assembled winemakers, chefs and sommeliers to tackle all the important issues. More importantly, she's has edited them into precision and focus. She's given me concise ways to describe almost every issue that will come up at the table in a way that illumines rather than obfuscates. Every waiter should have this book.

Guests too.
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For the past ten years, I have gradually come to appreciate a good glass of wine, but recently came to the realization that I had actually LEARNED very little. I could discern some obvious points about dryness and such, but I had absolutely no grasp of the basics of wine tasting and varietals.

What I was looking for, essentially, was a compact yet in-depth, accessible yet technical review of wine in general. Something that would cover the basics of tasting, region, production, etc. There are certainly a lot of options out there (including some 400- and 500-page textbook-like behemoths), but Wine Secrets fit the bill above and beyond anything else. The book is a portable hardcover gem that provides the perfect level of detail for any newcomer or lazy novice (like myself.) If you feel at all intimidated by some of the more expansive standards like Zraly and Parker, this book is your launching point.
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Full disclosure - I have attended a couple of Marnie Olds' classes in Philadelphia and enjoyed them, which is why I bought this book. While not completely a new oenophile, I picked it up in the hopes that it would be accessible and extend my knowledge. It succeeded on both counts. The concept of different writers for each chapter followed by a quick comment from Marnie really worked well. Not for sommeliers, but a great book for the rest of us. Helps demystify some of the elements of wine.
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This is just what I needed; clear, simple, concise info about wines. Lots of practical & interesting knowledge. The chapter headings get me right to what I need to know.

I can appear far more wine-savvy than I used to be...because I really am now.
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