Secrets from the Wine Diva: Tips on Buying, Ordering & Enjoying Wine

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Wine expert Christine Ansbacher has some enviable clients: they include both corporate icons such as American Express, as well as cultural giants like The New York Philharmonic. Why? Because she’s fun and passionate about wine…and eager to share extensive knowledge so that ordinary wine drinkers (not just elite oenophiles) can get more pleasure from their glass. Here she reveals her smart secrets that everyone who loves wine ought to know—including how to make a $10 Cabernet taste like a $30 bottle; how to ...
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Overview

Wine expert Christine Ansbacher has some enviable clients: they include both corporate icons such as American Express, as well as cultural giants like The New York Philharmonic. Why? Because she’s fun and passionate about wine…and eager to share extensive knowledge so that ordinary wine drinkers (not just elite oenophiles) can get more pleasure from their glass. Here she reveals her smart secrets that everyone who loves wine ought to know—including how to make a $10 Cabernet taste like a $30 bottle; how to determine a fair price for a bottle of wine at a restaurant; and how to avoid the dreaded “red wine headache.” She also answers some common questions, including “What wine do you recommend with Chinese food?” Buying wine, storing wine, going on a “wine vacation”, reading the label, ordering in restaurants: all that, and more, is covered in language as sparkling as fine champagne. This Diva is a delight!
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Ansbacher's statement in the first few pages of this book that "Secrets from the Wine Divais for wine drinkers, not wine thinkers," clearly expresses the purpose and scope of this work. Wine consumers who just enjoy having a glass of wine but aren't interested in analyzing the beverage will find the book useful and refreshing. A certified wine educator, Ansbacher began her wine career accidentally when her job as a personal assistant to a philanthropist required that she keep his wine cellar stocked. Wine became a passion: she earned a Diploma of Wine & Spirits (DWS) and took her place among only 75 DWS professionals in the United States. She was named the "Wine Diva" because she conducted wine tastings with a dramatic flair. The author describes popular varietals, labeling them as light, medium, or heavyweight, while discussing menu items in order to achieve good pairings. She suggests easy-to-remember tips for selecting good wines at reasonable prices in restaurants, wine shops, and supermarkets. This is a small book that will be popular in bookstores; the non-standard size will be difficult to label and more difficult to keep straight on shelves in libraries. Recommended for public libraries where Ansbacher is known.
—Ann Weber Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402730368
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/8/2006
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    Bravo, WIne Diva!

    I drink wine but I have never known anything about it¿ Because I love to throw parties and plan events, I decided it was time to learn. I picked up this book and wow, what a great little resource! I learned so much and had a fun time reading it. Being an avid reader, I love how the author phrases everything and how she organized the sections. Not only is it a good guide but it is also a good read. Now I know how to order wine at dinner, wine for a party and I am not afraid to try new varieties¿ I definitely recommend this book for anyone- from wine lovers to beginners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    Bravo, Wine Diva!

    drink wine but I have never known anything about it... Because I love to throw parties and plan events, I decided it was time to learn. I picked up this book and wow, what a great little resource! I learned so much and had a fun time reading it. Being an avid reader, I love how the author phrases everything and how she organized the sections. Not only is it a good guide but it is also a good read. Now I know how to order wine at dinner, wine for a party and I am not afraid to try new varieties... I definitely recommend this book for anyone- from wine lovers to beginners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2006

    The Wine Diva Pours Happiness

    This is a terrific book. Full of lots of great tips for buying and ordering wine without a lot of pretense. It's a book that doesn't take itself too seriously, but a book that's very serious about enjoying wine at all price points. And she includes great tips on how to find the bargains. The Wine Diva is awesome. She rocks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    Best little wine book ever.

    Love this book I'm not an expert, but I have read my five feet of bookshelf devoted to tomes of wisdom, on the mysteries and pleasures in my twenty odd cases of wines. I didn't really expect to learn very much from this diminutive volume, obviously meant to inform beginners. Frankly, the book is a jewel. Witty, extremely readable, concise, packed with common sense and real insider info on enjoying wine. There was barely a page that didn't contain stuff I really want to know. Its like having a world class expert, feeding you tips. The book is over flowing with useful tips. The amazing thing is that this is a book that beginners will find completely accessible, fun to read and filled with useful information, much of which, I hadn't acquired in forty years of aspiring to be worthy of my cellar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    I love this book

    It takes the intimidation factor out of buying and ordering wine. I no longer feel guilty buying oversized wine bottles to serve to company (the Wine Diva points out that you don't have to open and store so many bottles.) It's become my wine bible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    So many outstanding tips for enjoying wine

    This is a great book for wine lovers. It has so many tips for buying wine -- especially for people like me who are strictly in the $10 - $20 category of buyer. The Wine Diva says that's OK, you can find plenty of excellent bottles at that price. Now we'll know how to buy a wine to go with the food we make at home or order in a restaurant. A fun read.

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