The Sommelier's Guide to Wine: A Primer for Selecting, Serving, and Savoring Wine

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This updated and revised edition is the essential guide for aspiring wine connoisseurs who are seeking the knowledge and confidence of a C.I.A. wine professional.

Written by a leading wine educator from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America, The Sommelier's Guide to Wine is an engaging, in-depth introduction to the often-intimidating world of wine.

This fully updated guide provides a basic text for wine aficionados. Created in a handy size...

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Overview

This updated and revised edition is the essential guide for aspiring wine connoisseurs who are seeking the knowledge and confidence of a C.I.A. wine professional.

Written by a leading wine educator from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America, The Sommelier's Guide to Wine is an engaging, in-depth introduction to the often-intimidating world of wine.

This fully updated guide provides a basic text for wine aficionados. Created in a handy size and format, it gives wine lovers the confidence and savvy to navigate the wine list in a restaurant or the aisles of the local wine store. Foodies, wine expert wannabes, wait staff, and wine lovers alike can learn how to present, serve, drink, and store wine just like a sommelier. The guidebook explains different wine styles, grape types, wine regions, and includes tips on how to properly pair wines with specific foods. Learn about all the new wine trends, too.

It's the perfect introduction to the complex world of wines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579123314
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.63 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in London, Brian H. Smith was educated and worked in the wine trade in England before moving to the United States. He has taught and lectured extensively here and abroad, and for the past 15 years has been one of the leading wine educators at the renowned Culinary Institute of America. He is the co-author of Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Complete Guide to Wines of the World (2001). He lives in Kingston, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
The World of Wine 11
What Wine Is 12
How to Taste 16
Wines by Grape Type 26
What's in a Name? 40
Reading the Label 58
Areas of Production 63
United States of America 69
Australia 79
New Zealand 82
South Africa 83
Chile 86
Argentina 86
France 87
Italy 113
Spain 122
Portugal 130
Germany 138
Austria 146
In the Restaurant 147
Ordering Wine 150
Wine List Organization 152
Serving Savvy 162
Food & Wine 177
Traditional Approach 179
Alternative Guiding Principles 180
What Not to Do 188
From the Store Back to Your Place 189
Buying Bottles 190
Drink Now or Savor Later? 199
Index 205
Vintage Chart 208
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