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Drink This: Wine Made Simpleby Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Synopses & Reviews
Ever been baffled by a wine list, stood perplexed before endless racks of bottles at the liquor store, or ordered an overpriced bottle out of fear of the scathing judgment of a restaurant sommelier? Before she became a James Beard Award—winning food and wine writer, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl experienced all these things. Now she presents a handy guide that will show you how to stop being overwhelmed and intimidated, how to discover, respect, and enjoy your own personal taste, and how to be whatever kind of wine person you want to be, from budding connoisseur to someone who simply gets wine you like every time you buy a bottle.
Refreshingly simple, irreverent, and witty, Drink This explains all the insider stuff that wine critics assume you know. It will teach you how to taste and savor wine, alone, with a friend, or with a group. And perhaps most important, this book gives you the tools to learn the only thing that really matters about wine: namely, figuring out what you like.
Grumdahl draws on her own experience and savvy and interviews some of the world’s most renowned critics, winemakers, and chefs, including Robert M. Parker, Jr., Paul Draper, and Thomas Keller, who share their wisdom about everything from pairing food and wine to the inside scoop on what wine scores and reviews really mean. Readers will learn how to master tasting techniques and understand the winemaking process from soil to cellar. Drink This also reveals how to get your money’s worth out of wine without spending all you’ve got.
At last there’s a reason for wary wine lovers to raise a glass in celebration. Savor the insider’s viewpoint and straight talk of Drink This, and watch your intimidation of wine transform into well-grounded, unshakeable confidence.
Offering a fresh new approach to understanding wine, a James Beard Award-winning food-and-wine journalist provides a plan, a method, and the context to enable readers to overcome their wine anxieties.
About the Author
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is senior editor of Minnesota Monthly and editor in chief of Real Food. She is a regular contributor to Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Condé Nast Traveller, Metropolitan Home, USA Today, Wine & Spirits, and other publications. She has won a number of awards, including four (out of seven nominations) James Beard Awards for wine writing and restaurant criticism, for her “Dear Dara” columns. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children.
Table of Contents
The nuts and bolts of drinking, buying, and tasting wine — Zinfandel : rebellion in a bottle — Sauvignon blanc : zesty! — Riesling : grace, prudence, and nerve — Chardonnay : chic and changeable — Cabernet sauvignon : drinking with alpha males — Syrah : dark as night — Sangiovese : preferred by pizza preparers and princes — Tempranillo : Spain's great grape — Pinot noir : the heartbreak grape — Money, money, money — Restaurant confidential.
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