Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier

Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier

by Andrea Robinson, Andrea Immer
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Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier by Andrea Robinson, Andrea Immer

The updated edition of the classic introduction to wine for everyone, by Master Sommelier Andea Immer Robinson.

Great Wine Made Simple established Andrea Immer Robinson as America’s favorite wine writer. Avoiding the traditional and confusingly vague wine language of “bouquet” and “nose,” it instead discussed wine in commonsense terms.

Now, thoroughly revised, this edition lives up to its title by making selecting and enjoying wine truly straightforward. You will never again have to fear pricey bottles that don’t deliver, snobby wine waiters, foreign terminology, or encyclopedic restaurant wine lists. You’ll be able to buy or order wine with confidence—and get just the wine you want—by learning the “Big Six” basic styles (which comprise 80 percent of today’s top-selling wines), how they taste, how to read any wine label, and how to pick a wine off a restaurant menu. Ten new flavor maps show what to expect from climates around the world.

A refreshing blend of in-depth knowledge and accessibility, Great Wine Made Simple is a welcome resource for those who are intrigued by wine but don’t know where to start and makes it easy to master the ins and outs of choosing a wine that you and your guests will love—on any budget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767904780
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 09/27/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 258,793
Product dimensions: 7.66(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

One of only a small group of women in the world to qualify as a Master Sommelier, ANDREA IMMER ROBINSON is the former Dean of Wine Studies at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, and was named James Beard Foundation Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year in 2002. She was the host of the Fine Living Network’s Simply Wine with Andrea Immer, a columnist for Esquire magazine, and is the author of several other wine-related books, including a cookbook for wine lovers, Everyday Dining with Wine: 125 Wonderful Recipes to Match and Enjoy with Wine.

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Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
cer-2 More than 1 year ago
Very readable and more useful than the 2011, 2010, etc. single year wine guides. Managed to get an autographed copy and the first annual Uncork the Uplands as well as an ebook edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband gave this book to me as a Christmas gift after searching for weeks through various wine books. He settled on this one because it isn't so much about wine (grape variations, soil, growing conditions, processes, etc.) but about how to identify and buy the kind of wine YOU like. It's about putting a name to the flavors YOU enjoy (not what is popular or expensive or rare, but what gives you pleasure).
She is very anti-wine-snob, which is refreshing and makes the reader feel at ease and much less intimidated. I have already purchased this book for a friend and will most likely purchase it for my sister-in-law as well as my brother. It's extremely helpful. I actually walked into a store and confidently picked out a bottle of wine I had never tried before, just based on the type and label description. It was a great wine, so the book worked!
The regional maps are all in black & white, making them near impossible to decipher, so that is unfortunate. She also has quite a few labels shown for examples, some of them are small and hard to read, but not as difficult as the maps are. Fortunately, she does an excellent job at explaining regions, etc. so you can get the basic idea and don't have to rely solely on the maps provided.
This book is a must have for anyone who wants to confidently pick out new wines that will suit their personal tastes.
The wine tastings she has the reader set up for themselves are fun too. I have had a hard time finding wines in some of the categories, though I am in Minnesota, so our location doesn't offer the best selection. I don't fault her for that.
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I LOVE ANDREA! She does an excellent job of simplifying what can be a very daunting subject without giving the impression of 'talking down' to you. I especially love the guidance she gives for conducting your own wine tastings and am planning to gather a group to do just that. I would highly recommend for all wine drinkers.