Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2002 Edition: A Lively Guide

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2002 Edition: A Lively Guide

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by Kevin Zraly
     
 

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"Kevin Zraly, who founded the Windows on the World Wine School in 1976, has published his wine course book with Sterling since its first edition 16 years ago, and cumulative sales are well over one million copies. Publication date for [this edition] was October, just a month after the disaster...Sterling is now adding its own contribution to the Windows of Hope Family

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"Kevin Zraly, who founded the Windows on the World Wine School in 1976, has published his wine course book with Sterling since its first edition 16 years ago, and cumulative sales are well over one million copies. Publication date for [this edition] was October, just a month after the disaster...Sterling is now adding its own contribution to the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund established by restaurant owner David Emil and Chef Michael Lomanaco. Charles Nurnberg, Sterling executive vp says, 'Sterling has had a relationship with the Windows on the World Family and Kevin Zraly since 1985...We hope in some way that this donation [for every copy sold] will help the families of the victims...'"--Publishers Weekly. "My favorite...continues to be Kevin Zraly's 'Windows on the World'..."--Frank J. Prial, The New York Times.

Editorial Reviews

Frank Prial
Zraly's never-flagging enthusiasm for wine bounces off every page...The 14th edition of Windows on the World Complete Wine Course is still the best of its kind.
New York Times
USA Today
A thoroughly user-friendly overview that asks and answers all the right questions.
House Beautiful
. . .a terrific gift.
Boston Globe
. . .should be required reading for neophytes and intermediary wine lovers.
New York Times Book Review
An elegant smorgasbord. . . One of the best start-from-scratch wine books ever written. . .If you have never bought a wine book before, start with this one. If you have a roomful of wine books, get this one anyway. It's a whole new way to look at the subject.
Wine and Spirits
Lively, down-to-earth style makes this an easy and enjoyable read.. . .a must-read. . . .Recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806976495
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.35(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.85(d)

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November 1999

break How to Have a Wine Tasting in Your Home

Here are tips on how to throw a successful California wine tasting that can accommodate ten people in your own home.

The best way is to use six bottles of wine -- three white, three red. They should be served in this order:

  1. Riesling -- light bodied
  2. Sauvignon Blanc -- medium bodied
  3. Chardonnay -- full bodied
Next serve your reds, starting with:
  1. Pinot Noir -- light bodied
  2. Merlot -- medium bodied
  3. Cabernet Sauvignon -- full bodied
You should have six glasses per person so you're not mixing the wines, and each person should get about 1-1/2 ounces.

Have your friends list the wines they're drinking and have them make simple notes, such as, "I like it" or "I don't like it." They don't have to give elaborate reasons why, just yes or no answers will be fine. Also, you can make the event more interesting by having someone at your party do a little research on each one of the wines you'll be sampling, provide a little history of where the wine is from, etc.

It is a good idea, too, to have some extra bottles of wine available for after the tasting.

If you plan to serve food along with the wine, make it light, because food will alter the taste of the wine. Zraly recommends matching wine and cheese with a "keep-it-simple" approach. The best cheeses for wine are the subtly flavored ones.

His favorite wine and cheese matches are:

  • Chevre/fresh goat cheese -- Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Montrachet, aged (dry) Monterey Jack -- Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pecorino -- Chianti Classico Riserva, Brunello, Pinot Noir
  • Parmigiano Reggiano -- Amarone, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barolo
What to drink with Brie? Zraly suggests champagne or sparkling wine. Blue cheeses, because of their strong flavor, overpower most wines, except for dessert wines. The classic and truly delicious matches are Roquefort cheese with French Sauternes and Stilton cheese with port.

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Windows on the World Complete Wine Course 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Vivi45 More than 1 year ago
A book worth buying and using as reference over and over. Helps the non-educated wine lover how to pair wines or simply purchase a bottle to drink with a friend or alone!
ElaineCO More than 1 year ago
I have quite a number of books about wine and consistently find this the most comprehensive and accessible for avid but non-professional wine enthusiasts like myself. I buy the new edition each year and there's always a friend waiting to take the previous year's copy off my hands. Highly recommended.
edlohmann More than 1 year ago
This is an invaluable source of information about wine, both for beginners and those who are wine lovers in an easy to read and understandable format. However, Mr. Zraly failed to "mention" the TRUE American grape -NORTON- that is a native to Virginia and is also grown in Missouri. I would highly encourage Mr. Zraly to visit Chrysalis Vineyard in Middleburg, Virginia and become aquainted with this fabulous grape. V/R Edward Lohmann
DonnaMom1 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my son-in-law and he loves it. It is a beautiful book as well as being an excellent reference on wines around the world. I intend to buy a copy for myself. It makes a great coffee table book too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought two of these books for the wine lovers in the family and both families loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only is this book written in Zraly's famous appealing breezy style and form, it is equally brilliant in it's top-notch professional wine education. This should be the first book you give to someone who is interested in wine but doesn't know where to begin. This book will help the novice LOADS, while simultaneously delighting and intriguing the aficionado. Kevin Zraly is truly the quinessential wine educator, without the ego that usually follows. A MUST for your collection.
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Kevin Mickle More than 1 year ago
The book is great, content-wise, but the enhanced features do not run very well on my Nook Color. In fact, it seems to bog down the normal book experience, too. Pages turn slow, it hangs, etc. Would rather just own a hard-copy of this book. 5 stars for the book, 1 star for the enhancements equals 3 stars overall.
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fon-tana More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading this book. It is my first approach to the wine world and I found it very easy to understand!!!