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If you've ever been overwhelmed by a wine list, here's your guide. From selecting, storing, and serving a great bottle to matching wine with food, this revised and updated For Dummies classic is overflowing with wine tips that'll give you the confidence to buy and enjoy wine like a true connoisseur.
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Overview

If you've ever been overwhelmed by a wine list, here's your guide. From selecting, storing, and serving a great bottle to matching wine with food, this revised and updated For Dummies classic is overflowing with wine tips that'll give you the confidence to buy and enjoy wine like a true connoisseur.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118331781
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 89,161
  • File size: 8 MB

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

Foreword xxiii
Introduction 1
Welcome to Our Third Edition 1
How to Use This Book 2
Icons Used in This Book 3
Wine Is for Everyone 4
Part I Getting Started with Wine 5
Chapter 1 Wine 101 7
How Wine Happens 7
What Color Is Your Appetite? 9
Other Ways of Categorizing Wine 14
Chapter 2 These Taste Buds Are for You 19
The Special Technique for Tasting Wine 19
Parlez-Vous Winespeak? 26
The Quality Issue: What's a Good Wine? 29
What's a Bad Wine? 32
The Final Analysis: Do You Like It? 33
Chapter 3 Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties 35
It's the Grape Whodunit 35
Grape Royalty and Commoners 40
A Primer on White Grape Varieties 41
A Primer on Red Grape Varieties 45
Chapter 4 Is It a Grape? Is It a Place? 51
What's in a Name 51
The Wine Name Game 52
Chapter 5 Behind the Scenes of Winemaking 61
A Reality Check for Wine Jargon 61
Part II Close Encounters of the Wine Kind 67
Chapter 6 Navigating a Wine Shop 69
Buying Wine Can Intimidate Anyone 69
Wine Retailers, Large and Small 70
Choosing the Right Wine Merchant 74
Strategies for Wine Shopping 76
Chapter 7 Navigating a Restaurant Wine List 81
The Restaurant Wine Experience 81
How Wine Is Sold in Restaurants 82
How to Scope Out a Wine List 85
How to Ask for Advice 90
How to Ace the Wine Presentation Ritual 91
Restaurant Wining Tips 94
Chapter 8 Everything You Need to Know about Serving and Using Wine 97
Getting the Cork Out 97
A Special Case: Opening Champagne and Sparkling Wine 104
Does Wine Really Breathe? 105
Does the Glass Really Matter? 108
Serving Wine Not Too Warm, Not Too Cold 112
Storing Leftover Wine 114
Entertaining with Wine 115
Chapter 9 Judging a Wine by Its Label 119
The Wine Label and What It Tells You 119
Part III Around the World of Wine 129
Chapter 10 Doing France 131
The French Model 131
France's Wine Regions 134
Bordeaux: The Incomparable 135
Burgundy: The Other Great French Wine 145
The Hearty Rhones of the Valley 161
The Loire Valley: White Wine Heaven 164
Alsace Wines: French, Not German 166
The South and Southwest 167
Other French Wine Regions 169
Chapter 11 Italy, the Heartland of Vino 171
The Vineyard of Europe 171
Reds Reign in Piedmont 175
Tuscany the Beautiful 179
A Cornucopia of Northeastern Wines 184
Snapshots from the Rest of Italy 187
Chapter 12 Elsewhere in Europe 189
Intriguing Wines from Old Spain 190
Portugal: More Than Just Port 196
Germany: Europe's Individualist 198
Switzerland: Stay-at-Home Wines 204
Austria's Exciting Whites (and Reds) 205
The Re-emergence of Hungary 206
Greece's Ancient (and Modern) Treasures 208
Chapter 13 The Brave New World of Wine 211
Australian Wine Power 213
The Rise of New Zealand 217
The Old and the New of Chile 218
Argentina, a Major Player 220
New Hope in South Africa 222
Chapter 14 America, America 225
The New World of American Wine 225
California, USA 227
Napa Valley: As Tiny as It Is Famous 230
Down-to-Earth in Sonoma 235
Mendocino and Lake Counties 238
San Francisco Bay Area 239
Santa Cruz Mountains 240
Down in Old Monterey 241
Thar's Wine in Them There Foothills 242
San Luis Obispo: Mountain Meets Maritime 243
Santa Barbara, California Paradise 244
Elsewhere in California 245
Oregon, A Tale of Two Pinots 246
Wine on the Desert: Washington State 249
The Empire State 252
Oh, Canada 254
Chapter 15 Bubbling Beauties 257
All That Glitters Is Not Champagne 258
Sparkling Wine Styles 259
How Sparkling Wine Happens 261
Champagne and Its Magic Wines 264
Other Sparkling Wines 271
Serving Champagne and Sparkling Wines 275
Chapter 16 Wine Roads Less Traveled: Fortified and Dessert Wines 279
Timing Is Everything 279
Sherry: A Misunderstood Wine 280
Marsala, Vin Santo, and the Gang 287
Port: The Glory of Portugal 287
Madeira, M'dear 292
Sauternes and the Nobly Rotten Wines 294
Part IV When You've Caught the Buy 299
Chapter 17 Insider's Guide to Wine Buying 301
Wines That Play Hard to Get 301
Playing Hardball 302
Chapter 18 You Never Graduate from Wine School 311
Back to the Classroom 311
Armchair Travel 317
Chapter 19 Describing and Rating Wine 325
Words Cannot Describe 325
When It's Your Turn to Speak 327
Rating Wine Quality 330
Chapter 20 Marrying Wine with Food 333
Matchmaker, Matchmaker 333
Chapter 21 To Have and To Hold--or To Sell 339
Which Kind of Wine Buyer Are You? 339
Strategies for Collectors Great and Small 342
Organization Is Next to Peace of Mind 345
A Healthy Environment for Your Wines 346
Investment Wines 351
Selling Your Wine 353
Part V The Part of Tens 355
Chapter 22 Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine 357
What's a good wine? 357
When should I drink this wine? 357
Is wine fattening? 358
What grape variety is this wine made from? 358
Which vintage should I buy? 359
Are there any wines without sulfites? 359
Are there any organic wines? 360
What's new oak? 360
What is a wine expert? 361
How do I know when to drink the special older wines I've been keeping? 361
Do old wines require special handling? 362
Chapter 23 Ten Wine Myths Demystified 363
Wine is for experts 363
Wine has to be expensive to be good 363
Imported wines are better 364
White wine with fish, red with meat 364
Numbers don't lie 365
Vintages always matter/vintages don't matter 365
Wine authorities are experts 366
Old wines are good wines 366
Great wines are supposed to taste bad when they're young 366
Champagnes don't age 367
Part VI Appendixes 369
Appendix A Pronunciation Guide to Wine Terms 371
Appendix B Glossary of Wine Terms 375
Appendix C Vintage Wine Chart: 1982-2001 383
Index 387
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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!

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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.

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    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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