Wine Style: Using Your Senses to Explore and Enjoy Wine

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Which Wine Style Matches Your Taste?

Who knows more about great wine than you? No one—when it comes to what wines will actually be "great" to your taste. Wine labels and recommendations can help you make choices, but ultimately you are the best judge of the right wines for you.

Wine Style classifies and describes wines by different tastes, or styles—including four for red wines and four for whites—to make it easier for you to identify wines you...

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Overview

Which Wine Style Matches Your Taste?

Who knows more about great wine than you? No one—when it comes to what wines will actually be "great" to your taste. Wine labels and recommendations can help you make choices, but ultimately you are the best judge of the right wines for you.

Wine Style classifies and describes wines by different tastes, or styles—including four for red wines and four for whites—to make it easier for you to identify wines you like. You don't have to memorize the details of wine regions and grape varieties or master wine vocabulary to select a good bottle of wine—though if you want to delve that deeply, this book is a great starting place. Wine Style inspires and empowers you to explore wine with an adventurous spirit and to discover wines that you enjoy. Cheers!

"Not only do we get the usual erudition and insight on the glory and beauty of wine from Mary and Ed, but in this inspired volume we get profound expertise in everyday terms. Drinking and learning about wine is stimulating and fun. Reading Wine Style is more than mouth-watering; it gets all the senses excited."
—Charlie Trotter

"Finally, a (soon-to-be) grape-stained guide that speaks to wine lovers in their native tongue: Taste! In penning Wine Style, Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy have crafted a book for everyone —and anyone—who ever felt frustrated connecting their palate preferences to a pleasing bottle of vino."
—Joshua Wesson, Co-founder/Chairman of Best Cellars

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Developing a subtle palate for wine isn't just a prestigious acquisition; it's the gateway to making informed choices and enjoying fine vintages. But learning the nuances (and the names) of grapes can be difficult. In Wine Style, experts Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy teach you the ABC's of vineyard vocabulary, identifying the 12 wine styles or taste categories you will need to know. This handy book contains tips on pairing wine with food and has a pull-out wine wheel to get you through your first purchases.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764544538
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY EWING-MULLIGAN, Master of Wine, and ED McCARTHY are among the best-known, most widely respected wine experts in the United States. They are coauthors of the bestselling Wine For Dummies and six other wine books, and each is a wine columnist and frequent contributor to magazines, radio, and television. Mary, the first female Master of Wine in the U.S., is president of International Wine Center, a New York City school that trains hundreds of wine professionals and wine lovers each year. Ed is generally considered the leading U.S. expert on Champagne.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

What Is Wine Style—and Why Does It Matter?
Categorizing wines by taste, and where quality enters the picture.

Tasting Wine for Quality and Style.
What constitutes a wine’s taste and its quality.

Getting Down to the Styles.
Twelve wine styles––four for white wine, four for red, two for rose´, and two for sparkling wine––plus two overarching stylistic influences.

Fresh, Unoaked White Wines.
Light, crisp, refreshing whites with fairly subdued aromas and flavors, such as Muscadets, inexpensive white Bordeaux wines, Pinot Grigios, and various other European whites.

Earthy Whites.
Unoaked or gently oaked wines with broad, earthy flavors, such as Rhône whites, Mâcons, Vouvrays, and similar wines.

Aromatic Whites.
Flavorful, unoaked whites from aromatic grapes, such as Rieslings, Grüner Veltliners, Gewürztraminers, Viogniers, Albariños, some Pinot Gris wines, some Sauvignon Blancs.

Rich, Oaky Whites.
Full-bodied, flavorful whites with oaky character, such as most New World Chardonnays, oaked Sauvignon Blancs, elite white Bordeaux wines, and other wines.

Mild-mannered Reds.
Easy-drinking, subtle reds, such as inexpensive red Bordeaux wines, traditional Rioja wines, Northeastern Italian Merlots and Cabernets, simple Chiantis, and similar wines.

Soft and Fruity Reds.
Uncomplicated, youthful reds, such as most Beaujolais wines, many Southern Rhône wines, some Southern Italian reds, some Pinot Noirs from the New World, some U.S. Merlots, and inexpensive American and Australian reds.

Fresh, Spicy Reds.
Savory, firm reds with lots of personality, such as Dolcettos, Barberas, some Zinfandels, cru Beaujolais wines, Argentine Malbecs, Chilean Carmenères, and other wines

Powerful Reds.
Full-bodied, intense red wines, such as elite California Cabernets and Merlots, elite red Bordeaux wines, Barolos, Brunello di Montalcinos, most Northern Rhône reds, and similar wines

Rosé Wines in Two Styles.
Blush wines such as those from Zinfandel, Merlot, or Grenache grapes in California and dry rosés such as those from Tempranillo in Rioja, Spain, and blends from Provence.

Sparkling Wines in Two Styles.
Fruity bubbly wines such as Prosecco, and serious, complex sparklers such as Champagne.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2006

    Great Base for Starting Your Personal Wine Adventure

    This is the perfect first book for anybody interested in learning about wines. With this as a guide purchasing wines are demystified once you establish your wine style. Intimidated by the wine list? Now you can identify the style of wine that you want and feel comfortable about ordering the wine and about your selection being a wine that you will enjoy. By no means an 'all you ever wanted to know about wine' book but how could such a topic be covered in one book anyway? This book helps you zero in on the type of wine that you will enjoy most and after all is said and done is that not the primary goal of any wine lover?

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