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Wine enthusiasts and novices, raise your glasses! The #1 wine book has been extensively updated! If you’re a connoisseur, Wine For Dummies, Fourth Edition will get you up to speed on what’s in and show you how to take your hobby to the next level. If you’re new to the world of wine, it will clue you in on what you’ve been missing and show you how to get started. It begins with the basic types of wine, how wines are made, and more. Then it gets down to specifics:
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Wine enthusiasts and novices, raise your glasses! The #1 wine book has been extensively updated! If you’re a connoisseur, Wine For Dummies, Fourth Edition will get you up to speed on what’s in and show you how to take your hobby to the next level. If you’re new to the world of wine, it will clue you in on what you’ve been missing and show you how to get started. It begins with the basic types of wine, how wines are made, and more. Then it gets down to specifics:
  • How to handle snooty wine clerks, navigate restaurant wine lists, decipher cryptic wine labels, and dislodge stubborn corks
  • How to sniff and taste wine
  • How to store and pour wine and pair it with food
  • Four white wine styles: fresh, unoaked; earthy; aromatic; rich, oaky
  • Four red wine styles: soft, fruity, and relatively light-bodied; mild-mannered, medium-bodied; spicy; powerful, full-bodied, and tannic
  • What’s happening in the “Old World” of wine, including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, and Greece
  • What’s how (and what’s not) in the New World of Wine, including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa
  • U.S. wines from California, Oregon, Washington, and New York
  • Bubbling beauties and medieval sweets: champagne, sparkling wines, sherry, port, and other exotic dessert wines

Authors Ed McCarthy, CWE, who is a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Journal and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, who owns the International Wine Center in New York, have co-authored six wine books in the For Dummies series. In an easy-to-understand, unpretentious style that’s as refreshing as a glass of Chardonnay on a summer day, they provide practical information to help you enjoy wine, including:

  • Real Deal symbols that alert you to good wines that are low in price compared to other wines of similar type, style, or quality
  • A Vintage Wine Chart with specifics on numerous wines
  • Info on ordering wine from out of state, collecting wine, and more

Wine For Dummies, Fourth Edition is not just a great resource and reference, it’s a good read. It’s full-bodied, yet light…rich, yet crisp…robust, yet refreshing….

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470045794
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/9/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan are two wine lovers who met at an Italian wine tasting in New York City’s Chinatown and subsequently merged their wine cellars and wine libraries when they married. They have since coauthored six wine books in the Wine For Dummies series (including two of their favorites, French Wine For Dummies and Italian Wine For Dummies) as well as their latest book, Wine Style (Wiley); taught hundreds of wine classes together; visited nearly every wine region in the world; run five marathons; and raised eleven cats. Along the way, they have amassed more than half a century of professional wine experience between them.
Mary is president of International Wine Center, a New York City wine school that offers credentialed wine education for wine professionals and serious wine lovers. As U.S. director of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), the world’s leading wine educational organization, she works to make the courses she offers in New York available in more and more parts of the United States. She is also the long-standing wine columnist of the NY Daily News. Mary’s most impressive credential is that she’s the first female Master of Wine (MW) in the United States, and one of only 22 MW’s in North America (with 251 worldwide).
Ed, a New Yorker, graduated from City University of NY with a master’s degree in psychology. He taught high school English in another life, while working part-time in wine shops to satisfy his passion for wine and to subsidize his growing wine cellar. That cellar is especially heavy in his favorite wines — Bordeaux, Barolo, and Champagne. Besides co-authoring six wine books in the For Dummies series with Mary, Ed went solo as author of Champagne For Dummies, a topic on which he’s especially expert.
Ed and Mary also share wine columns in Nation’s Restaurant News and in Beverage Media, a trade publication. They are each columnists for the online wine magazine, WineReviewOnline.com. Ed and Mary are both accredited as Certified Wine Educators (CWE).
When they aren’t writing, teaching, or visiting wine regions, Mary and Ed maintain a busy schedule of speaking, judging at professional wine competitions, and tasting as many new wines as possible. They admit to leading thoroughly unbalanced lives in which their only non-wine pursuits are hiking in the Berkshires and the Italian Alps. At home, they wind down to the tunes of U2, K.D. Lang, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young in the company of their feline roommates Dolcetto, Black & Whitey, Ponzi, and Pinot.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting to Know Wine.

Chapter 1: Wine 101.

Chapter 2: These Taste Buds Are for You.

Chapter 3: Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties.

Chapter 4: Wine Names and Label Lingo.

Chapter 5: Behind the Scenes of Winemaking.

Part II: Wine and You: Up Close and Personal.

Chapter 6: Navigating a Wine Shop.

Chapter 7: Confronting a Restaurant Wine List.

Chapter 8: The Insider’s Track to Serving and Using Wine.

Part III: The "Old World" of Wine.

Chapter 9: Doing France.

Chapter 10: Italy, the Heartland of Vino.

Chapter 11: Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Beyond.

Part IV: Discovering the New World of Wine.

Chapter 12: The Southern Hemisphere Arises.

Chapter 13: America, America.

Part V: Wine’s Exotic Face.

Chapter 14: Champagne and Other Sparklers.

Chapter 15: Wine Roads Less Traveled: Fortified and Dessert Wines.

Part VI: When You’ve Caught the Bug.

Chapter 16: Buying and Collecting Wine.

Chapter 17: Continuing Education for Wine Lovers.

Chapter 18: Describing and Rating Wine.

Chapter 19: Marrying Wine with Food.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine.

Chapter 21: Ten Wine Myths Demystified.

Part VIII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Pronunciation Guide to Wine Terms.

Appendix B: Glossary of Wine Terms.

Appendix C: Vintage Wine Chart: 1985–2004.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Great information

    Book provides good information that is organized well. There are also in-depth explanations that are clearly labeled so that you don't have to get into it if you don't desire to to so. Overall, this is a great book for people who would like to learn about the world of wine.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    Magnifico!

    This is quite a magnificent book. I was completely ignorant on the subject of wine before reading it, but I had the ambition to learn all I could. Now my friends come to me for wine advice. I am consistantly referencing this wonderful book. Every time I read it, I learn something new. It is amazing that such experts can write in such a comprehensible manner, but they do. They make a wonderful team. I condsider this book the authority on all subjects related to wine, bar none.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    Adequate but demeaning!

    This book does a good job introducing the basics of wine to the uninitiated. Despite this, I prefer Oz Clarke's "Introducing Wine", which covers the same ground in a more attractive format. It's also an easier title to give as a gift!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2001

    A Guide for the Hopeless

    If you want to learn about wine and don't know where to start - buy this book. After several days of reading I decided to venture into a wine store. I felt like someone had pinned a universal translator to my lapel. I had a clue! This book is terrific, it paid for itself in one week.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Full of Information

    This book is full of fascinating information about wine. It has lots of helpful tips to help you feel like an expert even if you're a novice. It's very fun and easy to read too. I would recommend it for anyone who wants a good , basic understanding of wine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Uwhhh

    I aint drunk *falls on person below* hey baby

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Truly helpful for beginers

    Nuff said

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