Wine For Dummies

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Overview

The #1 wine book—now updated!

The art of winemaking may be a time-honored tradition dating back thousands of years, but today, wine is trendier and hotter than ever. Now, wine experts and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan have revised their popular Wine For Dummies to deliver an updated, down-to-earth look at what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine.

Wine enthusiasts and novices, raise your glasses! The #1 wine book has been ...

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Overview

The #1 wine book—now updated!

The art of winemaking may be a time-honored tradition dating back thousands of years, but today, wine is trendier and hotter than ever. Now, wine experts and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan have revised their popular Wine For Dummies to deliver an updated, down-to-earth look at what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine.

Wine enthusiasts and novices, raise your glasses! The #1 wine book has been updated! If you're a connoisseur, Wine For Dummies will get you up to speed on what's in and help you 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, like navigating restaurant wine lists, deciphering wine labels, dislodging stubborn corks, and so much more.

  • Includes updated information on wine regions throughout the world, including the changes that have taken place in Chile, Argentina, parts of Eastern Europe, the Mt. Etna region in Sicily, among other wine regions in Italy and California's Sonoma Coast
  • Covers what's happening in the "Old World" of wine, including France, Italy, and Spain, and gets you up-to-speed on what's hot (and what's not) in the "New World" of Wine, including the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand
  • Features updated vintage charts and price guidelines
  • Covers wine bloggers and the use of smartphone apps

Wine For Dummies 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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Editorial Reviews

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“…friendly un-intimidating guide to all there is to know about wine…” (Irish News, 14th August 2004)

“…the no-nonsense guide to buying, storing serving and talking about wine…” (Choice Magazine, May 2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118288726
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 75,737
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed McCarthy, CWE, is a regular contributor to WineReviewOnline.com and Beverage Media. Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, is president of the International Wine Center in New York. Together, they are the authors of many For Dummies wine guides, including Italian Wine For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting to Know Wine 7

Chapter 1: Wine 101 9

Chapter 2: These Taste Buds Are for You 21

Chapter 3: Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties 35

Chapter 4: Wine Names and Label Lingo 49

Chapter 5: Behind the Scenes of Winemaking 65

Part II: Wine and You: Up Close and Personal 73

Chapter 6: Buying Wine to Drink at Home 75

Chapter 7: Confronting a Restaurant Wine List 87

Chapter 8: Serving Wine 101

Chapter 9: Marrying Wine with Food 119

Part III: The "Old World" of Wine 127

Chapter 10: Doing France 129

Chapter 11: Italy, the Heartland of Vino 169

Chapter 12: Spain, Germany, and Elsewhere in Europe 191

Part IV: Discovering the “New World” of Wine 215

Chapter 13: The Southern Hemisphere Arises 217

Chapter 14: America, America 237

Part V: Wine’s Exotic Face 269

Chapter 15: Champagne and Other Sparklers 271

Chapter 16: Wine Roads Less Traveled: Fortified and Dessert Wines 293

Part VI: When You’ve Caught the Bug 313

Chapter 17: Buying and Collecting Wine 315

Chapter 18: Continuing Education for Wine Lovers 333

Chapter 19: Describing and Rating Wine 347

Part VII: The Part of Tens 355

Chapter 20: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine 357

Chapter 21: Ten Wine Myths Demystified 365

Part VIII: Appendixes 373

Appendix A: Pronunciation Guide to Wine Terms 375

Appendix B: Glossary of Wine Terms 379

Appendix C: Vintage Wine Chart: 1991–2010 387

Index 391

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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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Uwhhh

    I aint drunk *falls on person below* hey baby

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Truly helpful for beginers

    Nuff said

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