California Wine For Dummies

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Overview

Discover the nuances of California wines and increase your drinking pleasure

Want to be a California wine connoisseur? This friendly guide gives you the knowledge you need to appreciate these fine wines, showing you how to taste them, select a good bottle, pair wine with food, and much more. You'll see why certain wine regions are renowned and how to further enrich your wine-drinking experience.

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Overview

Discover the nuances of California wines and increase your drinking pleasure

Want to be a California wine connoisseur? This friendly guide gives you the knowledge you need to appreciate these fine wines, showing you how to taste them, select a good bottle, pair wine with food, and much more. You'll see why certain wine regions are renowned and how to further enrich your wine-drinking experience.

  • California wine 101 — understand the range of California wines, what makes them unique, and what a varietal wine is
  • Review the regions — explore the major wine regions of California and what makes each one special, from the soil to the climate
  • Open the bottle — become fluent in the Big Six: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel
  • Go beyond the basics — appreciate Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Syrah, sparkling wines, and more
  • Round out your wine experience — pair and share wines, learn about the proper glassware and serving temperatures, and prepare for a winery visit

Open the book and find:

  • An overview of California wine today
  • Wine recommendations for all budgets
  • Explanations of wine label language
  • A map of wine regions
  • Tips for aging and collecting California wines
  • Winery tasting etiquette
  • The ins and outs of recent vintages
  • Top wine country travel destinations
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470376072
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/20/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 543,208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed McCarthy, CWE, is a wine columnist for WineReviewOnline.com and for Beverage Media. Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, is President of the International Wine Center in New York. Together, they are the authors of many For Dummies wine guides, including the perennial bestseller Wine For Dummies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: The Big Picture of California Wine 9

Chapter 1: Introducing California Wines 11

Chapter 2: What’s in the Bottle 25

Chapter 3: Decoding the Label 41

Chapter 4: California’s Major Wine Regions 57

Part II: The Headliners 85

Chapter 5: Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc 87

Chapter 6: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Their Blends 111

Chapter 7: Pinot Noir 135

Chapter 8: Zinfandel 159

Part III: More Reds, Whites, Pinks, and Bubblies 171

Chapter 9: Pinot Grigio, Rhône-Style Whites, and Other California Whites 173

Chapter 10: Syrah, Petite Sirah, Other Varietal Reds, and Red Blends 185

Chapter 11: Bubbly, Rosé, and Dessert Wines 207

Part IV: Enjoying California Wines 217

Chapter 12: Pairing and Sharing California Wines 219

Chapter 13: Making a Winery Pilgrimage 231

Part V: The Part of Tens 241

Chapter 14: Answers to Ten Common Questions about California Wine 243

Chapter 15: Ten Top Travel Destinations and Attractions 249

Index 257

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