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Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

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    Very readable and more useful than the 2011, 2010, etc. single y

    Very readable and more useful than the 2011, 2010, etc. single year wine guides. Managed to get an autographed copy and the first annual Uncork the Uplands as well as an ebook edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2009

    Exactly what I needed

    My husband gave this book to me as a Christmas gift after searching for weeks through various wine books. He settled on this one because it isn't so much about wine (grape variations, soil, growing conditions, processes, etc.) but about how to identify and buy the kind of wine YOU like. It's about putting a name to the flavors YOU enjoy (not what is popular or expensive or rare, but what gives you pleasure).<BR/>She is very anti-wine-snob, which is refreshing and makes the reader feel at ease and much less intimidated. I have already purchased this book for a friend and will most likely purchase it for my sister-in-law as well as my brother. It's extremely helpful. I actually walked into a store and confidently picked out a bottle of wine I had never tried before, just based on the type and label description. It was a great wine, so the book worked!<BR/>The regional maps are all in black & white, making them near impossible to decipher, so that is unfortunate. She also has quite a few labels shown for examples, some of them are small and hard to read, but not as difficult as the maps are. Fortunately, she does an excellent job at explaining regions, etc. so you can get the basic idea and don't have to rely solely on the maps provided.<BR/>This book is a must have for anyone who wants to confidently pick out new wines that will suit their personal tastes.<BR/>The wine tastings she has the reader set up for themselves are fun too. I have had a hard time finding wines in some of the categories, though I am in Minnesota, so our location doesn't offer the best selection. I don't fault her for that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

    The title says it all

    I LOVE ANDREA! She does an excellent job of simplifying what can be a very daunting subject without giving the impression of 'talking down' to you. I especially love the guidance she gives for conducting your own wine tastings and am planning to gather a group to do just that. I would highly recommend for all wine drinkers.

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