Windows on the World Complete Wine Course Millennium Editionby Kevin Zraly
The best beginner's book on wines...in an allnew Millennium editio ! America's bestselling book on wine is completely rewritten. Now filled with fullcolor labels and maps, it is packed with updated recommendations, new sections, sidebars, and Kevin Zraly's inimitable, irreverent approach. Universally praised by wine experts and novices alike, this unbeatable "course… See more details below
The best beginner's book on wines...in an allnew Millennium editio ! America's bestselling book on wine is completely rewritten. Now filled with fullcolor labels and maps, it is packed with updated recommendations, new sections, sidebars, and Kevin Zraly's inimitable, irreverent approach. Universally praised by wine experts and novices alike, this unbeatable "course" answers all your questions and starts you on your way to becoming a wine connoisseur. Go through the tasting process, from swirling the glass to sniffing to sipping; know when a wine is at its peak for drinking, and what to look for on a label. Take a countrybycountry, regionbyregion "bestbuy" ratings tour of the latest vintageswhites, reds, and blended wines (champagne, sherry, and port) from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, California, the Pacific Northwest, New York, Australia, and two of the newest, hottest countries, Chile and Argentina. You'll love Zraly's lighthearted style, his glossary of wine terms, his awardwinning restaurant wine lists, his advice on matching wine with food, and his tips on stocking and serving wine at home, ordering it in restaurants, and more. A uniquely intoXicating trek through the world of wine!
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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:
- Riesling -- light bodied
- Sauvignon Blanc -- medium bodied
- Chardonnay -- full bodied
- Pinot Noir -- light bodied
- Merlot -- medium bodied
- Cabernet Sauvignon -- full bodied
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
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