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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.
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