The Ultimate Wine Companion: The Complete Guide to Understanding Wine by the World's Foremost Wine Authorities

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Kevin Zraly, author of one of the best-selling wine books of all time, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, has assembled the finest writers of the last 50 years to explain everything you need to know about wine. Each one addresses the subject he or she is most famous for, including decanting, tasting, grapes, matching food and wine, winemaking, sustainable vineyards, the various wine countries and regions, terroir, and much, much more. Complete with regional vintage charts, grape charts, a glossary, and ...
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Overview

Kevin Zraly, author of one of the best-selling wine books of all time, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, has assembled the finest writers of the last 50 years to explain everything you need to know about wine. Each one addresses the subject he or she is most famous for, including decanting, tasting, grapes, matching food and wine, winemaking, sustainable vineyards, the various wine countries and regions, terroir, and much, much more. Complete with regional vintage charts, grape charts, a glossary, and vintage labels, this book is like an entire wine library in a single volume.

Includes:
• Hugh Johnson • Robert M. Parker, Jr. • Jancis Robinson • Lettie Teague • Alexis Bespaloff • Neal I. Rosenthal • Oz Clarke • Gerald Asher • Joshua Wesson • Andrea Immer Robinson • Molly Chappellet • Jay McInerny • Robert Mondavi • Francis Ford Coppola • Baron Philippe de Rothschild • Joy Sterling • Michael Broadbent • Clive Coates • Kermit Lynch • Tom Stevenson • Joseph Bastianich • David Lynch and Burton Anderson • Frank Prial • Matt Kramer • Karen McNiell

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Editorial Reviews

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Over the past quarter century, author Kevin Zraly's annual Windows on the World Wine Course books has earned a reputation as the bestselling and most reliable wine course on the market. Now Zraly is back as the editor of a wine companion that is both remarkably informative and wonderfully readable. To create this 350+-page anthology, he enlisted a gala lineup of writers, including Hugh Johnson, Robert M. Park Jr., Jancis Robinson, Andrea Robinson, Lettie Teague, Oz Clarke, and Matt Kramer. Several articles cover French, Italian, and California wine regions. The Ultimate Wine Companion proves its worth and justifies its titles with wide-ranging articles on topics including food and wine; decanting; making and tasting wine; and organic wines and sustainable vineyard. A Sterling book; luscious and smooth-tasting.

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Zraly, author of the best-selling Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, brings some of the wine world's greatest writers together in an exceptionally engaging anthology. The contributions, which include extracts from books and articles as well as a few pieces written especially for the anthology, range from the basics of wine tasting and good and bad wine pairings to essays on wine making and the great wine regions of the world. All the expected big names are here—including Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson—along with a few unexpected contributors, such as Calvin Trillin, whose essay on whether you can tell the difference between red and white wines is a witty delight. VERDICT With its sparkling blend of practical and philosophical writing, this is a literary vintage that both wine newbies and serious drinkers will find worth savoring.—John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402776663
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 214,987
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Zraly is the founder and teacher of the Windows on the World Wine School that has graduated more than 14,000 students. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Wine Council and the James Beard Award, among others. Zraly has been featured in the New York Times, People, the Wall Street Journal, GQ, Newsweek, and USA Today and is a Georges Duboeuf Book Award Winner.
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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Comprehensive, Very readable, Entertaining

    This is a great book for the inexperienced or someone like me who knows quite a bit and would like to know more. It contains individual short articles by over 40 wine gurus on subjects such as tasting, wine and food, making wine, and old and new world wines. There is a tremendous amount of information here and it's very, very entertaining. I would highly recommend this book. I am ordering 2 copies as gifts for my wine drinking friends.

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