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The Ultimate Wine Lover's Guide

The Ultimate Wine Lover's Guide

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by Fred DuBose, Evan Spingarn
As a wine lover—or even a beginner taking your first steps toward appreciating the fruit of the vine—you probably know which kind of Chardonnay or Merlot you prefer. The Ultimate Wine Lover's Guide is here to expand your horizons, bringing you wines you may have heard of but never tried; wines completely new to you; and wines that sound like


As a wine lover—or even a beginner taking your first steps toward appreciating the fruit of the vine—you probably know which kind of Chardonnay or Merlot you prefer. The Ultimate Wine Lover's Guide is here to expand your horizons, bringing you wines you may have heard of but never tried; wines completely new to you; and wines that sound like must-haves but may be hard to find in your neighborhood store. This unique guide lists and describes inexpensive wines for pizza or pasta, fancy reds, famous labels, rare wines, and everything in between. Best of all, the 1,000+ wine descriptions tell you which foods pair well with each wine.

Fred DuBose, a native Texan now living in New York, is a writer and editor who served as an editorial director for one of North America's largest publishers of practical books. His most recent book, the best-selling The Ultimate Bartender's Guide: 1000 Fabulous Recipes from The Four Seasons Restaurant, was published by Barnes & Noble Books in 2003. He owes his love of wine to the eight years he spent enjoying it in Australia.

Evan P. Spingarn is a wine educator, consultant, writer, and salesman. Currently the New York Sales Manager for David Bowler Wine, he teaches classes for corporate and private clients through his company, Evan Spingarn Wine Events. From 1996 to 2004 he served as manager and buyer for Nancy's Wines For Food. A sixth generation New Yorker, he lives in Manhattan with his wife Kate and their extensive Chinese takeout menu collection.

Nancy Maniscalco left the corporate world in 1991 and a year later opened Nancy's Wines for Food in the heart of New York's Upper West Side. Her store's focus on quality, selectivity, and service made it an immediate hit, and it remains so to this day.

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Barnes & Noble
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Softcover with French flaps
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5.28(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

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The Ultimate Wine Lover's Guide 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know one of the authors personally (the one who's actually TASTED thousands and thousands of wines over years of retail buying experience) and I wouldn't be writing this if I didn't want to, so listen up... Evan Spingarn's 'Wine Lover's Guide' is one of just a handful of wine books you'll likely ever need or want. Why? Because, for beginners, it lovingly provides a sound foundation on which to build a lifelong love affair with wine, and yet for enthusiasts, there's enough refinement, detail, and real wine-wisdom for the book to serve as a reference. Mnay wine books contain mountains of detailed information, but this won't necessarily increase your enjoyment of wine and may, in fact, make you a real pain-in-the-xxx to be around. Evan's book avoids this common trap, cleverly distilling years of professional tasting experience into a witty, populist, text that takes you by the hand and walks you through the true essentials of the wine world, all the while recommending fascinating pours (for all budgets) that have actually passed the author's lips. Sure, wine geeks will go on to consume libraries but most of us can stop right here, toast the author's help and guidance, and avoid turning the joy of wine into yet another chore. Why four stars instead of five? The man needs room to grow, since every printing of the book gets better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not kidding. I love the the wine descriptions and down-to-each approach these guys have to buying what is, after all, just a bunch of fermented grape juice. If you're looking for an easy and enjoyable way to find wines you enjoy, this is the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a find! Messrs. DuBois and Spingarn win the gold ring. Their Ultimate Wine Lover's Guide is great on so many levels it is almost mind-boggling. It makes a perfect hostess or house gift, it is stuffed with exceptionally knowledgeable information presented in a clear, unstuffy and easily comprehensible fashion, and it has a format that finds you 'reading ahead' even when you've already decided on the perfect choice for the evening. Well written, informative, and great fun. What more can one ask other than a sale on Hermitage just as the hare stew comes to a boil!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really informative. This book should be interesting to both beginners and experts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever written about wine. I'm a wine importer in New York and I learned a great deal by reading this book. Well written with a snappy layout, great recommendations and astute observations with cogent advise. What more can you ask for? Plus it is not too heavy and can be easily transported when shopping at wine shops.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I work for a company that leads numerous events for clients, including wine-tastings, and we have handed this book out as 'party-favors' on several occasions to great accolades. After skimming it myself, I gave a couple copies as gifts to my brother-in-law and a good friend because I knew they were interested in wine but wanted to know more, and wanted to have a resource when going to buy wine for themselves or when ordering in restaurants. After each of them mentioned how much they enjoyed reading it and how useful they found the book, I started delving more into it myself, and have learned just a whole lot about wine, the different varietals, and (most importantly for me) which foods to match with which wines. The writing is easy to understand and just plain fun - it is a good mix of non-pretentious practical info along with funny quips that sometimes make me laugh outloud. And it mentions specific producers and prices by names, which really helps in the wine store. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a more than passing interest in wine and/or food, and for gifts to the friends who do. Makes a sometimes intimidating subject great fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The balance of biting humor and extensive knowledge behind the writing of this entertaining guide makes it worlds above most other books on wine, which typically shut out the everyday eater and drinker with stuffy language and crusty style. It actually makes you want to drink (which, yes, for some won't necessarily be very impressive...). You can expect to laugh and learn! An excellent gift for family, friends, and of course for yourself. *****