Synopses & Reviews
Three renowned wine experts take you on a glorious and grand tour of the wines of the world in Exploring Wine. An essential and dynamic reference for wine lovers as well as seasoned professionals, this compelling volume penetrates the mystique surrounding wine, freeing you to explore with confidence.
Exploring wine demystifies wine as it follows the exciting path from the vine to the table. The book begins by focusing on the basics: grape growing and wine making, an ideal starting pointand compassfor your journey. Next, you will learn how to fine-tune your senses to develop your own approach to the pleasures of wine as the authors explain what to look for in the glassappearance, 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, providing a comprehensive working knowledge of the history, geography, wine laws, vineyards, producers, and styles of wines produced in each region. Featuring detailed, specially commissioned full-color maps and beautiful color photographsmostly from the authors own archivesalong with extensive highlighted interviews with the people who make up the modern global wine business, Exploring Wine brings complex subject matter to life with grace and style.
The authors provide sound strategies and logical guidelines for wine and food pairing to bring out the best in every dining experience, from a picnic to a once-in-a-lifetime meal. Next, they report on and examine important current research and trends in wine and health. Turning to professional issues, Exploring Wine covers worldwide trends, wine lists, wine service, and wine storage. Unique in the world of wine books, extensive quotes from internationally recognized sommeliers, chefs, and restaurateurs bring key issues "to the table" for consideration and discussion by both the professional and the consumer.
Exploring wine is a treasure of knowledge, clarity, and encyclopedic breadth. The authors invite you to join them in a great adventure, discovering the myriad messages in a bottle.
"...lively guide..." (New Yorker, 10 December 2001)
"Like a wine meant to be drunk young, this book can be enjoyed now; like a wine that improves with age, this book will impart knowledge and give pleasure for years to come."Tim Mondavi, Managing Partner and Winegrower, Robert Mondavi Winery
"A must-have resource for the weekend novice drinker and the everyday tasting professional."Joseph Bastianich, Restaurateur, Babbo, Esca, Lupa, Becco, Lidias Kansas City, and Lidias Pittsburgh; Proprietor, Italian Wine Merchants; Owner, Bastianich Winery
"A large jewel and a classic. I intend to use it as a reference and for inspiration. SALUTE!"Piero Selvaggio, Proprietor, Valentino, Los Angeles and Las Vegas
"One of the most intelligent, most easily understood books on the subject of winegrowing that I have ever used."Scott Mcleod, Wine Maker, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, Napa Valley, California
"When Im looking for precise, in-depth information about the wines of the world, I always turn to this awesome team. This weighty tome is a must for every wine lovers reference shelf."David Rosengarten, The Rosengarten Report
" Like a wine meant to be drunk young, this book can be enjoyed now; like a wine that improves with age, this book will impart knowledge and give pleasure for years to come." Tim Mondavi, Managing Partner and Winegrower, Robert Mondavi Winery
" A must-have resource for the weekend novice drinker and the everyday tasting professional." Joseph Bastianich, Restaurateur, Babbo, Esca, Lupa, Becco, Lidia s Kansas City, and Lidia s Pittsburgh; Proprietor, Italian Wi Merchants; Owner, Bastianich Winery
" A large jewel and a classic. I intend to use it as a reference and for inspiration. SALUTE!" Piero Selvaggio, Proprietor, Valentino, Los Angeles and Las Vegas
" One of the most intelligent, most easily understood books on the subject of winegrowing that I have ever used." Scott Mcleod, Wine Maker, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, Napa Valley, California
" When I m looking for precise, in-depth information about the win of the world, I always turn to this awesome team. This weighty tome is a must for every wine lover s reference shelf." David Rosengarten, The Rosengarten Report
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. Revised to reflect the many recent changes in the worldwide wine industry, the Second Edition of this critically acclaimed guide features an expanded American wines section, coverage of the latest developments in Italian wine and the new face of German and South American wine trades, and more.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 799-803) and index.
About the Author
STEVEN KOLPAN (born in New York City), BRIAN H. SMITH (London), and MICHAEL A. WEISS (Montreal) are the leading wine educators at The Culinary Institute of America. 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.
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. Courses for foodservice professionals are offered at the college's main campus in Hyde Park, New York, and at its additional campus for continuing education, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, California.
Table of Contents
* FUNDAMENTALS: WINE MAKING AND WINE TASTING
Wine Grapes. How Wine Is Made. How to Taste Wine.
* WINES OF THE NEW WORLD
North America. California. The Southern Hemisphere.
* WINES OF THE OLD WORLD
France. Italy. Spain. Portugal. Germany. Central and Eastern Europe. The Eastern Mediterranean.
* WINE, FOOD, AND HEALTH
Wine and Food. Wine and Health.
* WINE SERVICE AND STORAGE
Wine Service. Purchasing and Storage. Wine Lists.
A: Conversion Tables
B: How to Read a Wine Label
C: American Appellations
D: Vintage Charts