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Everything Wine Book: From Chardonnay to Zinfandel, All You Need to Make the Perfect Choice

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Sure, you can tell red wine from white wine, but where do you go from there? You know how complex the intricacies of wine stewardship can be: How do you make sense of the label and learn to identify a good wine by the way it looks or smells? The Everything Wine Book is your one-stop shop for conquering the world of wine-one grape at a time! ...
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Overview

Sure, you can tell red wine from white wine, but where do you go from there? You know how complex the intricacies of wine stewardship can be: How do you make sense of the label and learn to identify a good wine by the way it looks or smells? The Everything Wine Book is your one-stop shop for conquering the world of wine-one grape at a time!

In this completely updated second edition, you'll learn to:

  • Talk the wine talk like a sommelier
  • Understand and deconstruct wine labels, region by region
  • Master tasting techniques that refine your palate
  • Choose the perfect bottle for every occasion
  • Build and stock your own wine cellar
  • Tour the best wineries like a pro

Complete with a pronunciation guide and glossary of terms, The Everything Wine Book is the perfect vino companion for anyone-whether you're picking up a bottle for the first time or are a seasoned glass-tipper interested in learning more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593373573
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 929,752
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Nowak and Beverly Wichman are also known as The Saucy Sisters, and hosted "Eat, Drink, and Be Saucy" on WAMB radio in Nashville. They live in Franklin, TN and Berwyn, PA, respectively.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
The Top Ten Wine Myths x
Introduction xi
Acknowledgments xii
1 A Brief History of Wine 1
Wine in the Ancient World 2
Wine in Europe 5
Wine in the Americas 7
Prohibition Wipes Out an Industry 10
The Wine Boom in the United States 12
2 Categories of Wine: More Than Red, White, and Pink 17
How Wine Is Made 18
Red Wine 21
White Wine 22
Rose Wine 23
Sparkling Wine 24
Fortified Wine 25
Dessert Wine 26
Kosher Wine 27
Organic Wine 30
Vegetarian and Vegan Wine 33
3 Types of Wine: What's in a Name? 35
The Grapes 36
Growing the Grapes 38
Hybrids 41
Naming Wines: Region vs. Grape 42
Made-Up Names 44
How to Read a Label 46
Is Vintage Important? 49
4 A Primer on Red Grape Varieties 51
Cabernet Sauvignon 52
Merlot 54
Pinot Noir 55
Syrah/Shiraz 57
Sangiovese 58
Tempranillo 59
Zinfandel 59
Other Red Grape Varieties 61
5 A Primer on White Grape Varieties 65
Chardonnay 66
Chenin Blanc 68
Gewurztraminer 69
Muscat 70
Pinot Gris 71
Riesling 72
Sauvignon Blanc 74
Viognier 75
Up-and-Comers 76
6 Wine Regions of the "Old World" 79
France 80
Italy 86
Germany 89
Spain 91
Portugal 93
Austria 94
7 Wine Regions of the "New" World 95
Australia 96
New Zealand 98
South Africa 100
Chile 102
Argentina 104
Canada 106
New Frontiers 108
8 Wine Regions of the United States 109
You're Not in France Anymore, Dorothy 110
California 111
New York 115
Oregon 117
Washington 119
The "Other" 46 121
9 Enjoying Wine: Tasting It and Talking about It 123
Why Wine Tastes Good: The Physiology of Taste 124
Winetasting Techniques from the Pros 126
Mastering the Lingo...Terms to Know 127
Recognizing "Flaws" 129
Do Critics Know Best? 131
10 Wine and Food 135
The Dynamics of Food and Wine 136
Matching Likes to Likes 137
More Than Taste 140
Wine and Cheese: The Classic Match 141
Warning: Bad Matches Ahead 142
Fail-Safe Measures 143
Cooking with Wine 144
11 The Cost of Wine: What Goes into the Bottle 147
Costs of Wine Production 148
More Winemaker Decisions 150
The Distribution System 151
The Changing Landscape of Wine Distribution 153
Demand for Wine 155
Price Influences Demand 156
From Wholesaler to the Table 157
12 Shopping for Wine 159
Wine Stores 160
Discount Warehouses and Superstores 162
What Are You Looking For? 163
Strategies for Buying Wine 164
Screw Tops Make the Big Time 167
Box Wines Come Out of the Closet 169
Buying Wine Online 170
Rare Finds at Auctions 171
Keeping Track of What You Like 172
13 Entertaining at Home 175
Choose Your Entertaining Style 176
Glassware Basics 176
Corkscrewing Around 178
Serving Tips 179
Serving Wine at Your Dinner Party 182
Wine for Cocktail Parties 184
Winetasting Parties 186
Holidays with Wines 189
Post-Party Tips 190
14 Wine at Restaurants: You're in Charge 193
A Restaurant's Attitude Toward Wine 194
Deciphering the Wine List 196
Strategies for Choosing a Wine 198
Wine Etiquette 200
Getting the Most for Your Money 204
15 All Things Bubbly 207
Champagne vs. Sparkling Wine 208
History of Champagne 210
Champagne Houses 212
Choosing a Champagne 213
Champagne by Any Other Name 216
Storing and Serving Bubbly 219
Champagne Leftovers 221
Champagne Recipes 222
16 Dessert Wines and Fortified Wines 225
Sweet Wines in History 226
Late Harvest and Noble Rot 226
Ice Wines 228
Port 230
Sherry 233
Madeira 235
17 Establishing a Home Wine Cellar 237
Why Do You Want a Wine Cellar? 238
What Does a Wine Cellar Look Like? 239
Starting Your Wine Collection 242
Wines Worth Cellaring 244
Expanding Your Wine Collection 247
Where to Buy Collectible Wines 248
Managing and Maintaining Your Cellar 252
18 Wine and Health 255
The French Paradox 256
What the Studies Say 257
Health Components in Wine 260
Wine and Weight Loss 261
Too Much of a Good Thing 262
The Hangover 263
Headaches 264
Wine-Health Challenges 267
19 Visiting a Winery 269
Types of Wineries 270
Planning Your Trip 270
Tasting Rooms 272
Tasting Room Etiquette 274
To Buy or Not to Buy 276
Experiencing Wine Country 277
Postcards from Winery Visits 278
20 Wine Information Resources 287
Who Do You Trust? 288
Wine Magazines, Newsletters, and Web Sites 288
Have Wine, Will Travel 290
The Pleasure of Your Company 294
The Big Wine Marketplace 295
Is a Career in Wine Part of Your Future? 297
It's Time to Fly 299
Appendix A Pronunciation Guide 301
Appendix B Glossary 307
Index 313
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Good start

    Good basic review. Easy to read. If you want a survey type read to the wine world, not a bad book. Does not get extremely detailed. I like the details, so was lacking for me, but I don't think I was the target audience.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Great Starter and Reference Book

    Those just getting into wine collecting or as a hobby, this books gives a great history lesson on the art of wine, what to expect and a solid understanding of wine collecting. I have purchased over 6 different wine books and I always go back to The Everything Wine Book for reference and general reading. I have mentioned this book often to friends and at the wine club I belong to. Great reading, fun and very informative.

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