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• How to create a personal wine cellar for $140 or less
• The perfect wine pairing for food and special occasions
• How to impress a date (and the sommelier) when ordering from a wine list
• How to host a wine ...

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Overview

Finally, here is the ultimate guide for today's primary wine buyers: women. Written by wine divas Barbara Nowak and Beverly Wichman, this fun, accessible book serves up their advice on wine- from selecting to serving to sipping and appreciating-in an upbeat way. Includes:

• How to create a personal wine cellar for $140 or less
• The perfect wine pairing for food and special occasions
• How to impress a date (and the sommelier) when ordering from a wine list
• How to host a wine party

Laced with funny stories, tips, and historical anecdotes, this book reveals everything a girl needs to know about the world's all-time favorite elixir.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451209894
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/2/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Nowak is a regular contributor to the popular show Today at Home on the Home and Garden network.

Beverly Wichman is a business professional.

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Table of Contents

1. The Way to Wine ... An Introduction 1
The Benefits of Wine Knowledge
Do You Have What It Takes to Join the Saucy Sisterhood of Wine Divas?
The Physiology of Taste
How to Talk About Wine
Top 9 Wine-Tasting Terms That You Should Know
Why Wines Taste the Way They Do: Winemaking
Women's Special Relationship to Wine
2. Varietals Are the Spice of Life ... Learning About Wine Is as Much Fun as Learning About Men 26
Popular Varietals
Place Names, or When Is a Varietal Not a Varietal?
Is This Man for You? Judging a Man by His Wine
Your Relationship Passages and the Wines to Go with Them: From Bliss to the Abyss
Wine Fundamentals ... Distilled in a Few Sparkling Pick-up Lines
Huddling with Your Man ... Sports Talk for the Wine-Minded
Be a Saucy Sister, Not a Wine Snob
Wine Pairings for Sexual Appetites
Recipes for Romance
Ask the Saucy Sisters
3. Grape Deals for the Home ... Shopping for Wine and Accessories and Enjoying Them at Home 57
The Saucy Sisters' $140 Wine Cellar
The Art of Purchasing Wine
Labels ... Truth or Consequences?
Serving Suggestions
Storing for the Future
Marrying Wine and Food
Cooking with Wine: Saucy Sisters in the Kitchen
Ask the Saucy Sisters
4. Wine Down Restaurant Row ... Mastering the Art of Restaurant Wine Etiquette 87
What Makes a Restaurant Wine-Friendly
Wine by the Glass
Ordering a Bottle of Wine with Confidence: 5 Foolproof Strategies
The Wine-Tasting Ritual Step-by-Step
Sending Wine Back
Restaurant Faux Pas to Avoid
Ask the Saucy Sisters
5. Champagne Sister ... Everything Bubbly 113
Champagne vs. Sparkling Wine
Prestige Champagne Houses
Making the Bubbles
Looks Are Important: Bubbles, Bottle and Cork
Styles: Vintage, Non-Vintage and Sweetness Level
Storing and Serving the Bubbly
Buying for a Special Occasion
Cocktails with a Sparkle
Ask the Saucy Sisters
6. Have Wine, Will Travel ... A Tour of the Wine World 136
Old World or New World?
Saucy Tour of the Old World: France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria
Saucy Tour of the New World: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, United States
The Rest of the Winemaking World: A Quiz
Fortified Wines: Port, Madeira, Sherry
Visiting Wineries
Bar Stool Wine Travel Guide
Ask the Saucy Sisters
7. It's My Party and I'll Wine If I Want to ... Entertaining Like a Wine Diva 192
Stand-up Parties
Dinner Parties
Holiday Parties
Dessert Wines
Wine-Tasting Parties
Theme Parties
Post-Party Cleanup Tips
Ask the Saucy Sisters
8. Wine Buff ... Maintaining Health and Beauty Through Wine 215
How Buff Are You?
What Science Tells Us About Wine and Health
The Saucy Sisters' Health Solutions
Buff Beauty
Ask the Saucy Sisters
9. Fashion-Forward Wine ... On the Cutting Edge of Wine Divahood 239
Shopping Strategies for the Wine Diva
Wine Gifts for Every Occasion
Cork and Label Art
Wine Trends All Divas Should Know
Remembering What You've Learned
Wine-Tuning the Art of Conversation
Toasting with Confidence
Pronunciation Guide for the Savvy Sister 263
Wine Diva's Dictionary 269
Index 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    sassy!

    I had a great time reading this book. Most books that I have looked at about wine were boring but this one was fun and interesting. There are all sorts of fun stories sprinkled here are there. The information is great. I used the information that I gained and bought a few bottles for a party, everyone was complimenting my taste! It was great! I think this makes an awesome gift for any woman who wants to know about wine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004

    I recommend this book for both sexes!

    While this is a woman's guide to wine, it is great for men too. I own a number of wine books, but still learned new things about wine from this guidebook, and had a few laughs along the way. A great, non-stuffy addition to your reference library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    Chuckle while you sip and learn

    This is a fabulous and very amusing book. It contains wonderful information and is written in a humorous style that lets the reader actually enjoy learning about a topic that can sometimes be as dry as the wines that we might drink. I left this book on my coffee table and noted with amusement the number of friends and relatives who picked it up and did not put it back down. Soon, they were quoting from the book. The Saucy Sisters would have been impressed. This is a great gift idea for friends, newlyweds or others who want entertaining information.

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