Wine Buying Companion for Dummies

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The great thing about buying wine is that you have so many vintages and so many labels to choose from. However, this multitude of choices is also daunting -- and risky, too, when you consider the expense that is sometimes involved. Fortunately, Wine Buying Companion For Dummies comes to the rescue with concise evaluations you can trust.

Just as in their other wine guides, Red Wine For Dummies, White Wine For Dummies, and Wine For Dummies, authors and connoisseurs Ed McCarthy and...

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Overview

The great thing about buying wine is that you have so many vintages and so many labels to choose from. However, this multitude of choices is also daunting -- and risky, too, when you consider the expense that is sometimes involved. Fortunately, Wine Buying Companion For Dummies comes to the rescue with concise evaluations you can trust.

Just as in their other wine guides, Red Wine For Dummies, White Wine For Dummies, and Wine For Dummies, authors and connoisseurs Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan talk about wine in terms that make sense and that really mean something. You'll find complete sentences -- not the poetic but abstract strings of adjectives you may find in many other wine guides.

Take this handy guide with you whether you're purchasing wine from a supermarket, wine shop, tasting room, or even over the Internet. You'll be able to try out new wines and more than likely be pleasantly surprised for a change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764550430
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/3/1997
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors Ed McCarthy is a certified wine educator, writer, consultant, and collector who has been active in the wine trade for over 20 years. He contributes to Wine Enthusiast magazine and is the coauthor of Wine For Dummies™, Red Wine For Dummies™, and White Wine For Dummies™. Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW is co-owner and director of the International Wine Center in New York. She is the only American woman Master of Wine, a title signifying the highest level of knowledge in the wine trade, and is one of only 14 Masters of Wine in the United States. She is the co-author of Wine For Dummies™, Red Wine For Dummies™, and White Wine For Dummies™.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Seeing Red.

Chapter 1: Respecting Your Elders: Old World Red Wines for $15 or Less.

Chapter 2: New Kids on the Block: New World Red Wines for $15 or Less.

Chapter 3: Getting Serious: Old World Red Wines Over $15.

Chapter 4: Coming of Age: New World Red Wines Over $15.

PART II: All Dressed in White.

Chapter 5: Where It All Started: Old World White Wines for $15 or Less.

Chapter 6: Young and Free: New World White Wines for $15 or Less.

Chapter 7: The Best of Europe: Old World White Wines Over $15.

Chapter 8: The Best of the Rest: New World White Wines Over $15.

PART III: All Those Bubbles!

Chapter 9: Champagne: Only from France.

Chapter 10: Sparkling Wines from around the World.

PART IV: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Branching Out.

Appendix B: What's for Dinner?

Appendix C: Glossary of Wine-Tasting Terms.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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First Chapter

Appendix A
Branching Out


Finding a wine you enjoy is great, but sometimes it pays to push your boundaries a little and experiment with new wines. Use the following table to move from wines that you already know you enjoy to wines that you may end up enjoying even more!

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Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot

Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the two main grape varieties in Bordeaux.

Pinot Noir

Burgundy French French Burgundy is 100 percent Pinot Noir.

Syrah or Shiraz

Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage, or St.-Joseph All these wines from the Northern Rhône Valley are made from the Syrah grape.

Sangiovese

Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino Chianti and Brunello are made from the Sangiovese grape variety.

Red Zinfandel

Petite Sirah Although different grape varieties, Red Zinfandel and Petite Sirah share similar styles -- full bodied, rustic, and a little wild.

Bordeaux

Rioja Both wines are usually made in a style that stresses elegance rather than power.

Beaujolais

Bardolino Although a bit drier and less fruity, Italian Bardolino resembles French Beaujolais in style -- light bodied and not too tannic.

Pinot Noir

Barbera Italian Both wines stress fruitiness cherry and are low in tannin.

Barolo

Barbaresco or Gattinara All these wines are made from the Nebbiolo grape; all are dry and full bodied.

White Wines

Chardonnay

Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint-Véran,
Mâcon-Villages, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet
white Burgundies
Although white Burgundies are leaner than Californian or Australian Chardonnays, all come from the Chardonnay grape.

Sauvignon Blanc Fumé Blanc

Sancerre; Pouilly-Fumé Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are livelier, more intensely flavored wines from France's Loire Valley, and both are made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety.

Soave or Pinot Grigio

Muscadet Although all three are different grape varieties, they are similar in style -- light bodied, lively, and rather neutral in flavor.

Sémillon

White Bordeaux or Tocai Friulano Most white Bordeaux wines contain some Sémillon; all three share a similar viscous style.

Pinot Grigio

Verdicchio or Bianco di Custoza All three are Italian wines that share similar styles -- light bodied, lively, with an appealing fruitiness.

Chardonnay

Pinot Blanc These grape varieties make similar wines, but Pinot Blancs are usually lighter bodied and fruitier.
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