A new and remarkably easy way to choose and enjoy wine.
Complete Wine Selector aims to remove the fear and restore the fun and confidence in buying and enjoying wine. Presented in a compellingly original, visual "info-bites" format, it strips away wine's intimidating facade to convey all the information needed in a truly helpful way. Wine drinkers will be able to choose wine in any setting with complete confidence.
Complete Wine Selector presents information in a simple step-by-step sequence. Colorful visuals and pithy text, casebook examples and tutored tasting master classes progress to the practical mechanics of how to pick from a wine list, buy the right bottle for the right price, and serve it with confidence.
The book's features include:
- Introduction to Wine Styles How to determine your top 10 preferred wine styles
- Buying Wine How to find and buy the 10 wine styles from supermarkets, specialist wine shops, internet retailers, and at auction
- The Greatest Wine Shops 20 best wine shops in Europe, the USA, Australia & New Zealand, and Asia
- Restaurant Wine Lists Expert advice from sommeliers on how to use a wine list, what to look for, choices by cuisine, plus Q and As
- Do Vintages Matter? 10 top sommeliers and chefs reveal their favorite matches in style terms
- Storing Wine Top 10 dos and don'ts, wine cellars, wine fridges
- Tools of the Trade Wine accessories, tips on opening, decanting, pouring and serving; glasses and serving temperature for 10 wine styles; the
10 most common wine faults; a host's checklist
- The World of Wine Made Simple Visually arresting, easy-to-read charts for an at-a-glance guide to how red, white, sparkling and fortified wines are made; vineyard years
- Rules to Remember Easy-to-read graphical reminders summarize the most important points for easy reference.
Packed with expert advice from some of the world's best sommeliers and winemakers, and using vivid, content-rich layouts and graphics, Complete Wine Selector is a new classic guide for a new generation of wine drinkers. Older (and still anxious) wine drinkers will benefit too!
|Publisher:||Firefly Books, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Katherine Cole writes about wine for The Oregonian newspaper, MIX magazine and numerous national publications. She has degrees from Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has studied with the International Sommelier Guild and taught journalism at Portland State University. Her book, Voodoo Vintners, was nominated for International Wine Book of the Year at the 2012 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Foreword by Hugh Johnson, OBE Introduction
SECTION 1 The Wine Styles
- Introduction The Names to Look For Take One Wine Choice Made Simple Masterclass
Crisp, Lean Whites Lively, Aromatic Whites Rich, Full-bodied Whites Lusciously Sweet Whites Sparkling Whites and Rosés Rosé Light, Refreshing Reds Firm, Medium-bodied Reds Rich, Full-bodied Reds Fortified
SECTION 2 Buying Wine
- Shopping for Wine: Researching Shopping for Wine: Do Vintages Matter? Shopping for Wine: Buying Shopping for Wine: Greatest Wine Stores Dining Out: Negotiating a Restaurant Wine
List Dining Out: Top Chefs and Somms Spill Their Wine-Pairing Secrets Dining Out: Waiter, There's a Flaw in My Glass
SECTION 3 Serving and Drinking Wine
- Tools of the Trade: What to Stock Up On Tools of the Trade: Stemware Tools of the Trade: Wine Storage and Preservation How to Serve Wine: Opening and Decanting How to Serve Wine: Host's Checklist How to Serve Wine: Temperature
SECTION 4 The World of Wine Made Simple
- Winemaking The Vineyard Year How Red Wine is Made How White Wine is Made How Sparkling Wine is Made How Fortified Wine is Made
SECTION 5 Rules to Remember
- Food and Wine Pairing by Style Countries and Grape Varieties by
Style Common Grape Varieties
Glossary Index Acknowledgements and Credits
Every ten yearsor is it every five, or every two?a new book appears that claims to banish the cobwebs, cut the pomposity, shed new light and simplify the whole archaic business of wine. My publisher made the claim for me in 1966. Many of us make the attempt, but the stubborn fact remains: Wine is a complicated subject, inherently and irredeemably complicated. It's not alone. The World Cup, The World Series, Formula One, Horse Racing and, for that matter, pop music are all complicated if you are into more than the headlines. The dilemma with wine? It's meant to be jolly fun, delicious, go well with food, give you the holiday feeling. Surely all this can be done without anything as heavy as facts.
Well, no. Not if you want more than just a cheerful swallow and a light head. True, there is industrial wine, which is as simple as it is boring and unsatisfying. But the authentic stuff, made by individuals in their own vineyards with such inconveniences as the weather to deal with, is as various and as variable as, well, individuals, vineyards and weather.
It was when I was just finishing the huge research project that was my Wine Companion, back in 1983, that I looked around for a shortcut for readers through the thousands of entries. I divided wine into 10 different styles. I grouped light aromatic whites...through to rich sweet reds. It was helpful then, I think, even as a sketch of an idea. It has taken 30 years, it seems, to find a writer to adopt it wholeheartedly and breathe life into it.
Wherever she found the idea, Katherine Cole has done precisely this thoroughly, graphically, and I think extremely helpfully. But she has gone much further. She builds a whole wine primer around the structure of wine flavors and weights, relates them to food and mood, and gives specific examples ranging from deluxe to budget. As you read,
learn from her practical experience and reach her masterclasses, where you will suddenly find the complexities fascinating after all. The cobwebs have gone. The glass in your hand shines brighter and more enticingly than ever.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are so many confusing and encyclopedic wine guides out there. This one cuts through the noise. It's young, it's fresh, and it reflects what is actually going on in wine right now. Great gift!