Synopses & Reviews
In Exploring Wine, three renowned wine experts take you on a glorious tour of the wines of the world. An essential and dynamic reference for wine lovers as well as students and seasoned professionals, this compelling volume demystifies wine and frees you to explore with confidence.Exploring Wine follows wine's fascinating path from the vine to the table. It begins by focusing on the basics: grape growing and wine making, an ideal starting point for your journey. Next, you will learn how to fine–tune your senses and develop your ability to appreciate the pleasures of wine as the authors explain what to look for in the glass—appearance, aroma and bouquet, and, of course, taste.Exploring Wine visits the major and minor wine–producing regions in the Old World and the New World—including extensive tasting notes—providing a comprehensive working knowledge of the history, geography, wine laws, vineyards, producers, and styles of wines produced in each region. With updated full–color maps, charts, tables, and gorgeous full–color photographs, Exploring Wine brings complex subject matter to life with grace and style.To help make every meal unforgettable, this new edition features updated and expanded guidelines for wine and food pairing, fully explaining which flavors pair well and why. The authors provide professionals and avid wine lovers with a complete education on the very latest in wine lists, wine service, and wine storage, and pre–sent a wealth of insight on important and practical wine business issues. A unique feature in the world of wine books, extensive quotations from internationally recognized sommeliers, chefs, and restaurateurs bring key issues to the table for consideration and discussion by both the professional and the consumer. Practical, beautiful, and encyclopedic in scope, Exploring Wine offers greater depth and clarity than ever before, bringing the world of wine to vivid, vibrant life. Join the authors on this inspiring adventure. Satisfy your thirst for knowledge in the pages of Exploring Wine.
In its previous editions, Exploring Wine has been called a large jewel and a classic, one of the most intelligent, most easily understood books on the subject of winegrowing, and a must-have resource for the weekend novice drinker and the everyday tasting professional. This new edition includes even more practical, comprehensive information on wine regions, growing, purchasing, tasting, and pairing. Based on advice from professors and other wine professionals who use the second edition of Exploring Wine, we have included more balanced coverage of the various winegrowing regions, more tasting notes on international wines, a pronunciation guide for foreign words, and more basic, practical information in the business section. The third edition also includes more information on the health effects of wine and responsible drinking, as well as an improved guide to types of glassware and bottles. In addition, the food and wine pairing section will go beyond merely matching menus with wine choices, to show why certain flavors go together and teach students how to identify the best matches. Throughout the book, easy-to-use charts, tables, and maps help to simplify the subject for students and wine enthusiasts, and beautiful color photographs and personal interviews with winegrowers bring the encyclopedic content vividly to life. From the vine to the table, Exploring Wine encompasses all aspects of wines througout the world, and is an essential reference for any student, professional, or wine aficionado.
The essential wine reference for food and wine aficionados, students, and professionals
Written by the experts who train today's leading chefs and sommeliers, this invaluable guide thoroughly demystifies wine, from the basics of wine production to the nuances of wine lists, wine marketing, and wine service.
Completely revised and updated, this new edition of the critically acclaimed guide features more comprehensive coverage of the wine regions of the world, grape varietals, winemaking, purchasing, tasting, service, and pairing. The expanded food and wine pairing section doesn't just list good pairings, but explains why particular wines and foods pair well with each other. In addition, the book includes easy-to-use and informative charts, tables, and maps, as well as beautiful full-color photographs..
- Packed with the most comprehensive, up-to-date information on wines of the world from the top professionals in the field
- Includes more tasting notes for each region, updated information on the health effects of wine, and an expanded food and wine pairing section
- Features excellent study resources for food and wine students
Expanded, revised, and better than ever, Exploring Wine is a comprehensive resource and ideal companion for wine lovers and students alike.
“Exploring Wine is a grand tour. The writing is lively. The content is rich. It is a wine lover's guidebook, a wine professional's manual. It is highly opinionated, which makes it particularly entertaining. It contains many insights into wine lists, how wines are priced, and alternatives to Chardonnay and Cabernet, which make it extremely helpful for wine professionals and consumers alike. This is a great book. Drink it in.”—Joy Sterling, CEO, Iron Horse Vineyards, Green Valley, California“A must–have resource for the weekend novice drinker and the everyday tasting professional.”—Joseph Bastianich, Restaurateur: Babbo, Esca, Lupa, Becco, Otto, Mozza, Del Posto, Bar Jamón, Casa Mono, and The Spotted Pig; Proprietor, Italian Wine Merchants; Owner, Bastianich Winery; coauthor, Vino Italiano“A large jewel and a classic. I intend to use it as a reference and forinspiration. SALUTE!” —Piero Selvaggio, Proprietor, Valentino, Los Angeles and Las Vegas“One of the most intelligent, most easily understood books on the subject of wine growing that I have ever used.”—Scott McLeod, Winemaker, Rubicon Estate Winery, Napa Valley, California; Wine Enthusiast magazine 2009 Winemaker of the Year“Kolpan, Smith, and Weiss received the 2009 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Award for their book, WineWise, an award that is part of our ongoing commitment toward recognizing excellence in all aspects of the wine industry. Their new edition of Exploring Wine is for anyone with an interest in wine, from enthusiastic novices to serious wine lovers.”—Georges Duboeuf, wine producer, Beaujolais, France
About the Author
Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith (1952–2009), and Michael A. Weiss have been the leading wine educators at The Culinary Institute of America for the last twenty–five years. They have traveled to virtually every wine–producing region in the world and have trained more than 30,000 students to understand and appreciate wine. The authors are active participants and organizers of professional and consumer food and wine events, write for several wine and food publications, and lecture and teach extensively in educational programs, seminars, and conferences throughout the United States and other wine–producing nations. Their book WineWise won the coveted James Beard Foundation Award for Best Beverage Book of 2009 and the Georges Duboeuf Award for Best Wine Book of 2009.Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not–for–profit college offering bachelor's and associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. A network of more than 40,000 alumni has helped the CIA earn its reputation as the world's premier culinary college. The CIA, which also offers courses for industry professionals and food enthusiasts, has campuses in New York (Hyde Park), California (St. Helena), and Texas (San Antonio).
Table of Contents
PART 1: FUNDAMENTALS: GROWING GRAPES, MAKING WINE, AND TASTING WINE.
Chapter 1: The Right Stuff: Grape Growing and Grape Types.
Chapter 2: How Wine is Made.
Chapter 3: Tasting Wine.
PART 2: WINES OF THE NEW WORLD.
Chapter 4: United States: California.
Chapter 5: Beyond California: Wines of North America.
Chapter 6: The Southern Hemisphere.
PART 3: WINES OF THE OLD WORLD.
Chapter 7: France.
Chapter 8: Italy.
Chapter 9: Spain.
Chapter 10: Portugal.
Chapter 11: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Chapter 12: Wines of Eastern Europe.
Chapter 13: The Eastern Mediterranean and Asia.
PART 4: WINE, FOOD, AND HEALTH.
Chapter 14: Wine and Food.
Chapter 15: Wine and Health.
PART 5: WINE SERVICE AND STORAGE.
Chapter 16: Wine Service.
Chapter 17: Purchasing and Storage.
Chapter 18: Wine Lists.
Appendix A: Conversions.
Appendix B: How to Read a Label.
Appendix C: American Appellations.
Appendix D: Vintage Charts.