Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time

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A new and remarkably easy way to choose and enjoy wine.

Complete Wine Selector aims to remove the fear and restore the fun and confidence in buying and enjoying wine. Presented in a compellingly original, visual "info-bites" format, it strips away wine's intimidating facade to convey all the information needed in a truly helpful way. Wine drinkers will be able to choose wine in any setting with complete confidence.

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A new and remarkably easy way to choose and enjoy wine.

Complete Wine Selector aims to remove the fear and restore the fun and confidence in buying and enjoying wine. Presented in a compellingly original, visual "info-bites" format, it strips away wine's intimidating facade to convey all the information needed in a truly helpful way. Wine drinkers will be able to choose wine in any setting with complete confidence.

Complete Wine Selector presents information in a simple step-by-step sequence. Colorful visuals and pithy text, casebook examples and tutored tasting master classes progress to the practical mechanics of how to pick from a wine list, buy the right bottle for the right price, and serve it with confidence.

The book's features include:

  • Introduction to Wine Styles — How to determine your top 10 preferred wine styles
  • Buying Wine — How to find and buy the 10 wine styles from supermarkets, specialist wine shops, internet retailers, and at auction
  • The Greatest Wine Shops — 20 best wine shops in Europe, the USA, Australia & New Zealand, and Asia
  • Restaurant Wine Lists — Expert advice from sommeliers on how to use a wine list, what to look for, choices by cuisine, plus Q and As
  • Do Vintages Matter? — 10 top sommeliers and chefs reveal their favorite matches in style terms
  • Storing Wine — Top 10 dos and don'ts, wine cellars, wine fridges
  • Tools of the Trade — Wine accessories, tips on opening, decanting, pouring and serving; glasses and serving temperature for 10 wine styles; the
    10 most common wine faults; a host's checklist
  • The World of Wine Made Simple — Visually arresting, easy-to-read charts for an at-a-glance guide to how red, white, sparkling and fortified wines are made; vineyard years
  • Rules to Remember — Easy-to-read graphical reminders summarize the most important points for easy reference.

Packed with expert advice from some of the world's best sommeliers and winemakers, and using vivid, content-rich layouts and graphics, Complete Wine Selector is a new classic guide for a new generation of wine drinkers. Older (and still anxious) wine drinkers will benefit too!

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Editorial Reviews

BOOKLIST Recommended Wine Books - Brad Hooper
How to "overcome your paralyzing fear of the world of wine" stands as Cole's basic principle in this gorgeous, highly informative guide that ranges in subject areas from the essential wine "styles" (including "crisp, lean whites" and "rich, full-bodied reds") and help in buying and serving. The text is presented, for the most part, in easy-on-the-eye chart format.
Oregon Wine Press - Mark Stock
Cole manages to take on the wide world of wine both insightfully and helpfully... Her tips on pairings and bargain buys, coupled with informative takes on the winemaking process at large, make for an effective book. Both wine aficionados and novices can find something to admire...Of course, it would take multiple volumes to tackle it all, but Cole has put together a fairly compact and organized account... Overall, Complete Wine Selector is a worthwhile buy. The wide array of wine coverage creates mass appeal, especially for those who are used to dauntingly large wine stacks at grocery stores, restaurants or bottle shops... Credit Cole for the book's accessibility... It's imperative we recognize the monumental task at hand and simply enjoy what she has covered intelligently, which is quite a lot, even in the gaping world of wine .
Oregon Live - Grant Butler
A terrific guide for buying wine that strips away the intimidation and pomposity, making it easier for everyday consumers to navigate a wine shop or the wine section of a grocery store with confidence.... One of the most-attractive aspects of Complete Wine Selector is its easy-to-navigate design, which breaks down information into easy to scan boxes and visual icons. That only adds to the unstuffy feel, emphasizing that wine is something that should be enjoyed, and that picking the right bottle isn't something to dread.
San Francisco Gate - Jon Bonne
The realm of the wine primer is often a dicey one, but Katherine Cole, wine columnist for the Oregonian, handles it with aplomb... A particularly charming and detailed approach to the challenging task of wine education.
San Jose Mercury News - Laurie Daniel
The most useful wine book I've seen in ages.
Washington Post Best Wine Books - Dave McIntyre
Not another wine primer, I thought when I picked up Katherine Cole's Complete Wine Selector. Yet I was immediately bowled over by how Cole, wine columnist for the Oregonian newspaper and author of Voodoo Vintners, has figured out a new way to present a familiar topic. By using Web publishing techniques—heavy use of infographics and short snippets of text—she manages to convey an impressive amount of information on a single page.... Cole has created an essential reference for novice and aficionado alike.
Wine Economist - Mike Veseth
Gosh, it sure does deliver on its promise to be complete. There is just so much useful and interesting information packed in these 250-plus pages.
North Shore News - Terry Peters
You don't have to take a sommelier course to make good choices in your wine selection. - Priya Johnson
(Best Wine Books for Beginners) Katherine brings a fresh and different approach to understanding wines, which is definitely welcomed by beginners. Instead of classifying wines by their region, she classifies wines by their style. Her aim is to simplify th
Good Food Revolution - Jamie Drummond
If I had a nickel for every occasion I have been asked to suggest a wine primer book for friends who wish to learn a little more about wine, I'd have about 30 nickels or thereabouts. The problem with this particular ask is that I have never been able to r
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770852259
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 465,736
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Cole writes about wine for The Oregonian newspaper, MIX magazine and numerous national publications. She has degrees from Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has studied with the International Sommelier Guild and taught journalism at Portland State University. Her book, Voodoo Vintners, was nominated for International Wine Book of the Year at the 2012 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Hugh Johnson, OBE

The Wine Styles

The Names to Look For
Take One Wine
Choice Made Simple

Crisp, Lean Whites
Lively, Aromatic Whites
Rich, Full-bodied Whites
Lusciously Sweet Whites
Sparkling Whites and Rosés
Light, Refreshing Reds
Firm, Medium-bodied Reds
Rich, Full-bodied Reds

Buying Wine

Shopping for Wine: Researching
Shopping for Wine: Do Vintages Matter?
Shopping for Wine: Buying
Shopping for Wine: Greatest Wine Stores
Dining Out: Negotiating a Restaurant Wine
Dining Out: Top Chefs and Somms Spill Their Wine-Pairing Secrets
Dining Out: Waiter, There's a Flaw in My Glass

Serving and Drinking Wine

Tools of the Trade: What to Stock Up On
Tools of the Trade: Stemware
Tools of the Trade: Wine Storage and Preservation
How to Serve Wine: Opening and Decanting
How to Serve Wine: Host's Checklist
How to Serve Wine: Temperature

The World of Wine Made Simple

The Vineyard Year
How Red Wine is Made
How White Wine is Made
How Sparkling Wine is Made
How Fortified Wine is Made

Rules to Remember

Food and Wine Pairing by Style
Countries and Grape Varieties by
Common Grape Varieties

Acknowledgements and Credits

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Every ten years—or is it every five, or every two?—a new book appears that claims to banish the cobwebs, cut the pomposity, shed new light and simplify the whole archaic business of wine. My publisher made the claim for me in 1966. Many of us make the attempt, but the stubborn fact remains: Wine is a complicated subject, inherently and irredeemably complicated. It's not alone. The World Cup, The World Series, Formula One, Horse Racing and, for that matter, pop music are all complicated if you are into more than the headlines. The dilemma with wine? It's meant to be jolly fun, delicious, go well with food, give you the holiday feeling. Surely all this can be done without anything as heavy as facts.

Well, no. Not if you want more than just a cheerful swallow and a light head. True, there is industrial wine, which is as simple as it is boring and unsatisfying. But the authentic stuff, made by individuals in their own vineyards with such inconveniences as the weather to deal with, is as various and as variable as, well, individuals, vineyards and weather.

It was when I was just finishing the huge research project that was my Wine Companion, back in 1983, that I looked around for a shortcut for readers through the thousands of entries. I divided wine into 10 different styles. I grouped light aromatic whites...through to rich sweet reds. It was helpful then, I think, even as a sketch of an idea. It has taken 30 years, it seems, to find a writer to adopt it wholeheartedly and breathe life into it.

Wherever she found the idea, Katherine Cole has done precisely this— thoroughly, graphically, and I think extremely helpfully. But she has gone much further. She builds a whole wine primer around the structure of wine flavors and weights, relates them to food and mood, and gives specific examples ranging from deluxe to budget. As you read,
learn from her practical experience and reach her masterclasses, where you will suddenly find the complexities fascinating after all. The cobwebs have gone. The glass in your hand shines brighter and more enticingly than ever.

Hugh Johnson

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    There are so many confusing and encyclopedic wine guides out the

    There are so many confusing and encyclopedic wine guides out there. This one cuts through the noise. It's young, it's fresh, and it reflects what is actually going on in wine right now. Great gift!

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