Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 25th Anniversary Edition / Edition 25

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Overview

Let’s pop a cork and drink a toast to America’s very best, most popular wine course! Windows on the World Complete Wine Course is celebrating its silver anniversary, and this classic volume now has new, updated material that wine lovers will savor.

For this new edition, Kevin traveled to eighty wine regions in twenty countries, tasting more than 4,000 wines and meeting 500 winemaking professionals. To assure that he had all the latest wine-producing news, he recently visited vineyards in Austria, Hungary, Greece, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. Plus, he has updated Wine-Buying Strategies, best vintages, wine lists, and labels. As always, the book includes Wine Basics, Tasting Wine, Matching Wine and Food, Frequently Asked Questions About Wine, and a Selected Glossary. Zraly goes region-by-region, with the wines organized from simple to complex. By following Kevin’s order, readers will experience the best wines and a wide diversity of tastes, styles, regions, and countries.

It’s not only a comprehensive and bargain-priced hands-on wine education, and a superb catalog from which to start a wine cellar or find the right bottle, it’s also an inexpensive way to get the knowledge Kevin imparts in his outstanding course. This is clearly the wine guide against which all others are judged.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The silver anniversary version of this perennial bestseller by legendary wine personality Zraly still emphasizes consumer enjoyment and user friendliness in the pursuit of education and appreciation. The DIY edition of his now-legendary class tackles the wide world of vini- and viticulture with a sense of humor, erudition and modesty, and includes expanded material on wine regions beyond France, Italy and California. The 25-year benchmark provides frequent opportunity to look back over changes in grape growing and winemaking over the past quarter century. While the book's frequently busy layout may reflect changes in traditional media and information acquisition—large sections are laid out like FAQs—it allows room for a broad range of information without oversaturation. Tasting work sheets and self-administered questionnaires are included, while sidebars include lighter material, such as wine-related quotes and other assorted trivia. Among the handy visuals are wine-growing maps and wine labels included not merely for aesthetic appreciation but for useful comparisons in areas with complicated classifications like Burgundy. Appropriate for professional and layperson alike, the volume continues to be one of the most indispensable titles of its kind. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Because of its textbook format, novices and seasoned wine tasters will find this 25th-anniversary edition of the best-selling wine guide extraordinarily useful. Although Zraly has written the chapters (called classes) to instruct new wine enthusiasts, they are complete enough to enhance the knowledge of longtime aficionados. While covering classic wine regions (France, Italy, and California) of the world, Zraly has also added six new sections and expanded coverage of wine-producing countries, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Chile, that have gained world recognition over the past quarter century. Each chapter/class is followed by two pages of questions that cover the material presented in the chapter. Recommended examples of each varietal are generously dispersed throughout the book, including reproductions of their labels. VERDICT The casual browser will find fascinating trivia and facts about wine in numerous sidebars, but may not be able to resist becoming involved in the main text, making this difficult to put down. Highly recommended for all wine connoisseurs. (Index not seen.)—Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Prep., San Jose, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402767678
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Edition description: Anniversary
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

    Kevin is the best wine enthusiast I have ever met.His books help me understand the complexities and simplisities of wine

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    A Must Have!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    A great source of information for anybody who is simply curious about wine.

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

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    excellent gift for wine lovers

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    family loved it

    I bought two of these books for the wine lovers in the family and both families loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    Best. Wine Book. Ever.

    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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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Doesn't run well on Nook Color

    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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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    It is a good book to start!

    I enjoy reading this book. It is my first approach to the wine world and I found it very easy to understand!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    IN VINO VERITAS

    Excellent book for a person who wants to truly learn and explore everything about the enjoyable simple pleasure in life as a glass of wine. Whether having with dinner, for a special occasion, or the simple reward to oneself, this is a book that would enlighten you in friendly conversational terms that would enhance your wine drinking to which you would expand it to your taste and budget. Cheers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    I Know Nothing About Wine

    However, this book has inspired me to 'get into' wine for the first time. The book captures the romance and appeal of the great wines. As accompaniments to great food, knowing about the great wines of the world makes for a complete dining experience. Just the basic knowledge has given me more confidence ordering wines in fine restaurants.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    Understanding Wine made fun and easy

    Before reading this book, my knowledge of wine was limited to 'Red' or 'White. Kevin's book claims that you will be able to walk into a wine shop and order with authority and know exactly what you want and how to find it. I thought that was a reach, but anyone reading this book will actually get there in very littel time. I did. In a very short period of time, you really know what to look for and can begin to enjoy the world of wine. You can immediatley get rid of that 'doe in headlights' look when they hand you the wine list. More important, you can begin to really enjoy great wines at reasonable prices (I though high price equaled quality - not always). This book could be titled 'Wine for Dummies' since it covers all the basics. If you really want, it covers additional information for the advanced group as well. I believe this book provides all of the detail you'll ever need, unless you want to go into the business). This is a great book that I highly reccomend. It's easy to read, informative and can be put to use immeidately.

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