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Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine: 108 Ingenious Shortcuts to Navigate the World of Wine with Confidence and Styleby Mark Oldman
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For the thousands of people who know nothing about wine and want to rectify that swiftly and painlessly, Mark Oldman — the "Naked Chef" of wine — is here to help with the kind of information readers can use right now:
Loaded with his personal recommendations — including the top 100 wines less than $15 — Oldman's Guide also includes the wine picks of an eclectic mix of collectors, from Le Cirque owner Sirio Maccioni to Morley Safer of 60 Minutes. This is a wine guide like no other and is sure to be savored by anyone who wants their wine without the attitude.
"Robust, hearty and full bodied describe not just a Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon but also this comprehensive wine guide for the novice oenophile. Oldman, who has taught wine courses for more than 10 years (and, incidentally, cofounded the career Web site Vault.com), boils the basics of wine down to 108 simple chapters (here called 'shortcuts'). He proves 'the dirty little secret of wine appreciation is that there's just not that much to it.' While Oldman says this isn't a reference book, it may be best used that way. Without the benefit of a flight of tasting wines, the information is overwhelming. Yet to look up wines by type or region, or to learn how to order in a restaurant, Oldman's guide overflows with succinct, useful advice. Those determined to read it straight through will find Oldman's anecdotal style makes the subject lighthearted and fun, and Oldman is amusingly opinionated: 'Drinking Pinot Grigio is often like experiencing an Ikea rug, Ben Stein's voice, or a dose of Paxil: neutral, monotone, and devoid of highs.' The casual voice occasionally is forced (drinking old wine 'won't earn you a prayer session at the porcelain altar') but it makes the information accessible. Each shortcut comes with even more shortcuts: a 'cheat sheet' summary, wine picks by price range, a pronunciation table and suggestions for food pairings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A]n inviting and informative book sure to please both novice and experienced wine connoisseurs. Its balanced and practical approach aims to put good information into the hands of busy people." Library Journal
Loaded with personal recommendations from the author — including the top 100 wines under $15 a bottle — Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine also features the picks of an eclectic mix of wine collectors, from LeCirque owner Sirio Maccioni to Morley Safer of 60 Minutes. It's the perfect guide for those who know nothing about wine as well as a refresher course for those who desire to learn more.
For the thousands of people who know nothing about wine and want to rectify that swiftly and painlessly, Mark Oldman?the ?Naked Chef? of wine?is here to help with the kind of information readers can use right now:
? Australian Shiraz is the most instantly likable red under $15
? Drink slightly sweet wine with spicy food
? Judge a wine shop by whether it has homemade shelf signs
? Don?t store unopened wine in the refrigerator for more than a week
Loaded with his personal recommendations?including the top 100 wines less than $15?Oldman?s Guide also includes the wine picks of an eclectic mix of collectors, from Le Cirque owner Sirio Maccioni to Morley Safer of 60 Minutes. This is a wine guide like no other and is sure to be savored by anyone who wants their wine without the attitude.
About the Author
Mark Oldman, founder of Vault, has been educating young adults about wine since 1990, when he founded the Stanford Wine Circle.
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