Know It All Wine: The 50 Essential Topics, Each Explained in Under a Minute

Know It All Wine: The 50 Essential Topics, Each Explained in Under a Minute

by Gerard Basset OBE


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Surrounded by mystique, the world of wine can be intimidating for the novice. What’s the difference between bouquet and nose? Is Rioja a wine or a region? Are you prepared to answer any of those questions at a dinner party?

Know-It-All Wine demystifies the subject, decanting the knowledge you need in palatable sips. Compiled by wine experts, it’s organized in a sequence of well-thought-out chapters, taking you from terroir to the technicalities of winemaking, introducing you to the important grapes and iconic regions, offering an overview of the business of wine and how it works, and concluding with a section on the enjoyment of wine.

Every entry has been edited into a neat and effective 300 words and an image, it will leave you plenty of time to put your new-found expertise into practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781577151760
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Know It All Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gérard Basset OBE, editor, is currently the only person in the world to hold the combined titles of Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Wine MBA, and the World’s Best Sommelier. Trained in Lyon, he became head sommelier at a Michelin-starred hotel in England and went on to co-found the Hôtel du Vin chain. Basset was honored with the OBE in 2011 for services to the hospitality industry and named Man of the Year by Decanter magazine in 2013.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction 8

The Vineyard 12

Glossary 14

Terroir 16

The Vigneron 18

Training & Pruning 20

Profile: Henri Jayer 22

Phylloxera 24

Organic & Biodynamic Viticulture 26

The Winery 28

Glossary 30

Fermentation 32

Sulfur Dioxide 34

Making White Wine 36

Making Red Wine 38

Making Champagne 40

Sweet Wines 42

Fortified Wines 44

Élevage 46

Closures 48

Profile: Michel Rolland 50

Classic Grapes & Wines 52

Glossary 54

Chardonnay & Le Montrachet 56

Riesling & Scharzhofberger 58

Sauvignon Blanc & Pouilly Fumé 60

Cabernet Sauvignon & Château Latour 62

Pinot Noir & La Romanée-Conti 64

Syrah/Shiraz & Hermitage 66

Profile: Carole P. Meredith 68

Tempranillo & Ribera Del Duero 70

Nebbiolo & Barolo 72

Regional Grapes & Wine Styles 74

History 76

Glossary 78

Wine's Spiritual Beginnings 80

Medieval Monks 82

Bordeaux's Rise to Prominence 84

Why Champagne Sparkles 86

A Century of Crises 88

The Start of Appellations 90

The Judgment of Paris 92

Profile: Robert Mondavi 94

Iconic Regions 96

Glossary 98

Bordeaux 100

Burgundy 102

Tuscany 104

Napa Valley 106

Rioja 108

Stellenbosch 110

Marlborough 112

Barossa Valley 114

Mendoza 116

Profile: Miguel A. Torres 118

Emerging Economies 120

The Business of Wine 122

Glossary 124

Producers 126

Agents, Brokers & Wine Merchants 128

Retailers 130

Sommeliers 132

Wine Writers, Journalists & Critics 134

Wine Investment 136

Profile: Robert M. Parker, Jr. 138

Enjoyment of Wine 140

Glossary 142

Aging Wine 144

How to Taste 146

Wine & Food 148

Profile: Baron Phillipe De Rothschild 150

Wine & Health 152

Resources 154

Notes on Contributors 156

Index 158

Acknowledgments 160

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