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“Exploring Wine is a grand tour. The writing is lively. The content is rich. It is a wine lover's guidebook, a wine professional's manual. It is highly opinionated, which makes it particularly entertaining. It contains many insights into wine lists, how wines are priced, and alternatives to Chardonnay and Cabernet, which make it extremely helpful for wine professionals and consumers alike. This is a great book. Drink it in.”—Joy Sterling, CEO, Iron Horse Vineyards, Green Valley, California“A must–have resource for the weekend novice drinker and the everyday tasting professional.”—Joseph Bastianich, Restaurateur: Babbo, Esca, Lupa, Becco, Otto, Mozza, Del Posto, Bar Jamón, Casa Mono, and The Spotted Pig; Proprietor, Italian Wine Merchants; Owner, Bastianich Winery; coauthor, Vino Italiano“A large jewel and a classic. I intend to use it as a reference and forinspiration. SALUTE!” —Piero Selvaggio, Proprietor, Valentino, Los Angeles and Las Vegas“One of the most intelligent, most easily understood books on the subject of wine growing that I have ever used.”—Scott McLeod, Winemaker, Rubicon Estate Winery, Napa Valley, California; Wine Enthusiast magazine 2009 Winemaker of the Year“Kolpan, Smith, and Weiss received the 2009 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Award for their book, WineWise, an award that is part of our ongoing commitment toward recognizing excellence in all aspects of the wine industry. Their new edition of Exploring Wine is for anyone with an interest in wine, from enthusiastic novices to serious wine lovers.”—Georges Duboeuf, wine producer, Beaujolais, France
PART 1: FUNDAMENTALS: GROWING GRAPES, MAKING WINE, AND TASTING WINE.
Chapter 1: The Right Stuff: Grape Growing and Grape Types.
Chapter 2: How Wine is Made.
Chapter 3: Tasting Wine.
PART 2: WINES OF THE NEW WORLD.
Chapter 4: United States: California.
Chapter 5: Beyond California: Wines of North America.
Chapter 6: The Southern Hemisphere.
PART 3: WINES OF THE OLD WORLD.
Chapter 7: France.
Chapter 8: Italy.
Chapter 9: Spain.
Chapter 10: Portugal.
Chapter 11: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Chapter 12: Wines of Eastern Europe.
Chapter 13: The Eastern Mediterranean and Asia.
PART 4: WINE, FOOD, AND HEALTH.
Chapter 14: Wine and Food.
Chapter 15: Wine and Health.
PART 5: WINE SERVICE AND STORAGE.
Chapter 16: Wine Service.
Chapter 17: Purchasing and Storage.
Chapter 18: Wine Lists.
Appendix A: Conversions.
Appendix B: How to Read a Label.
Appendix C: American Appellations.
Appendix D: Vintage Charts.
Posted October 21, 2012
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