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Unofficial Guide to Selecting Wine based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I thought we would read this book from cover to cover...but it actually is better used as a reference. I think we have read the whole thing...but just as we needed the sections. Very good reference for basic wine information...even though it is not a recent copyright.
Here's a little-known truth about wine: When a person says 'I really wish I knew something about wine,' he's usually talking through his hat. He really means he wants to know 'How can I get, for a decent price, a bottle that I'll like and that won't embarrass me in front of my friends?' Who can blame him? When knowledgeable wine-lovers say 'there are no graduates from wine school,' they're not kidding. The subject is endless if--IF--what you want is to know about wine. For the enormous majority, the people who want only good drink at a good price, this book is a godsend. Felicia Sherbert has two secrets here. The first is that she doesn't bury you in wine-geekery. She does not drone on about rootstocks, degrees Brix and clonal selection; about residual sugar, cold fermentation and barrels of oak (American or French? Limousin or Alliers? Split or sawn? Kiln-dried or air -seasoned?). It's the wine-maker's job to deal with that stuff--not yours. Her next secret is a copious Table of Contents. Its minutely subdivided vastness allows you to get the help you need when you need it by simply sliding your finger down the page. Planning to woo with wine over dinner? Slide down the Table of Contents to 'A Little Romance.' Concerned about cost? See 'Pick a Price Point.' Don't know how to pull a cork? Worried that it might break? Slide, my friend, slide: Felicia knows you're in trouble and is waiting with the answers. How to decant? What glass to use? How to save the leftover half-bottle? Slide, slide, slide! After a few jaunts down the slippery slope you'll be a happier, braver person. Then you can go back to the Table of Contents and--if you wish--look for sections and subsections that pique your interest. Such as how much to buy for a party. Sweet wines for dessert. The difference between champagne and sparkling wine. How to deal with wine in a restaurant. And so on. And on. This is a handy, helpful, no-nonsense book. Like a puppy that follows you home from school, it wants to be your friend.--Bill Marsano has won a James Beard medal for wine and spirits writing and is the wine editor of Hemispheres, the magazine of United Airlines.