Idiot's Guides: Wine

Idiot's Guides: Wine

by Stacy Slinkard

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615644162
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 824,189
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stacy Slinkard, author of Idiot's Guides: Wine, is a certified sommelier and the wine expert for About.com, and has visited many Old World and New World wine regions. In addition to her work for About.com, she is a freelance writer on such topics as cellar management, wine procurement, and pairing, and teaches wine education classes, works at wine festivals, and coordinates professional wine tastings. Stacy holds a master's degree in public health.

Table of Contents

Wine Basics 3

How Wine Is Made 5

Growing Grapes and the Harvest 6

Fermentation 8

Oak's Influence 9

Old World Versus New World Wines 11

Eight Grapes to Know 13

Riesling 14

Sauvignon Blanc 16

Chardonnay 17

Pinot Noir 18

Cabernet Sauvignon 19

Merlot 20

Syrah/Shiraz 21

Buying, Serving, Tasting, and Storing Wine 23

Buying Wine 25

The Four C's of Buying Wine 26

Wining and Dining 30

The Restaurant Wine Ritual 32

Serving Wine 35

Corkscrew Protocol 36

Serving Temperatures 58

Serving Order 38

To Decant or Not to Decant? 39

Glassware 40

Wine Tasting Essentials 42

The Look 43

The Sniff 44

The Sip 46

Factors for Pairing Food and Wine 49

Pairing Principles 50

Classic Pairings 52

Storing Wine 55

Smart Wine Storage 56

Wines of Europe 59

Wines of France 61

French Wine Classifications 62

Bordeaux, France 64

Burgundy, France 66

Rhône Valley, France 68

Loire Valley, France 70

Alsace, France 72

The Rest of France: Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence 74

Wines of Italy 77

Italian Wine Classifications 78

Piedmont, Italy 80

Tuscany, Italy 82

Tre Venezie, Italy 84

Wines of Spain 87

Spanish Wine Classifications 88

Wine Styles 89

Rioja Spain 90

Ribera del Duero, Spain 91

Priorato, Spain 92

Penedès, Spain 93

Rías Baixas, Spain 94

Wines of Portugal 97

Portugal's Douro, Dao, and Alentejo Regions 98

Wines of Germany 103

German Wine Classifications 104

German Wine Labels 106

Mosel, Germany 108

Germany's Rhine River Regions 109

Wines of Austria 113

Austrian Wine Classifications 114

Lower Austria 116

Burgenland, Austria 117

Wines of theRest of Europe 121

Greece, Hungary, and Romania 122

Wines of North America 125

American Viticultural Areas 126

U.S. Wine Laws 127

Wines of California 129

Napa Valley, California 130

Sonoma, California 132

California's Central Coast 134

Wines of Washington 137

Columbia Valley, Washington 138

Wines of Oregon 141

Oregon's Willamette Valley 142

Wines of New York 145

New York's Finger Lakes 146

Wines of Virginia 149

Virginia's Monticello AVA 150

Wines of Canada 153

British Columbia and Ontario, Canada 154

Wines of the Southern Hemisphere 157

Wines of Australia 159

Australian Wine Regulations 160

South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia 162

Wines of New Zealand 165

New Zealand's North Island and South Island 166

Wines of Chile 169

Chiles Central and Casablanca Valleys 170

Wines of Argentina 173

Mendoza, Argentina 174

Wines of South Africa 177

Coastal South Africa 178

Other Types of Wine 181

Champagne and Sparkling Wine 183

Champagne, France 184

Champagne Grapes and Wine Laws 186

About the Bubbles 188

Champagne Categories and Styles 192

The Champagne Sweetness Spectrum 196

Champagne Bottle Sizes 198

Regional Sparkling Wines 200

Storing Champagne and Sparkling Wine 204

Opening Champagne and Sparkling Wine 204

Flavor and Food Pairing 206

Fortified Wines 209

Sherry 210

Port 214

Madeira 218

Dessert Wines 221

Late Harvest Wines 222

Ice Wines 223

Appendixes 225

Glossary 227

Wine Q&A 233

Resources 237

Index 243

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