Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
An unpretentious, fun-to-read, aggressively practical, and refreshingly candid wine guide.
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
One of the country’s leading wine educators, Mark Oldman is author of the best-selling Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine (Penguin Books), which was called "perfect" by Wine Enthusiast, "winespeak without the geek" by Bon Appètit, and "shortcuts to a connoisseurs confidence" by BusinessWeek. Winner of the Duboeuf “Best Wine Book of the Year” Award. Oldman’s Guide was also recently published in Japan and in four volumes in France.
Mark writes about wine for several leading lifestyle publications, and contributes a wine column and chooses the wine picks for the hit magazine Everyday with Rachael Ray. He is also the lead judge in the new PBS television series The Winemakers.
For over seventeen years, Mark has taught his lively Outsmarting Wine™ courses and seminars to thousands of wine enthusiasts across the country. He lectures at some of the country’s top gastronomic festivals, including the Aspen Food and Wine Classic and the Boston Wine Expo.
Mark began his wine journey in 1990 when as a student he founded Stanford Wine Circle, a popular university club hosting tastings with California wine legends, earning him the nickname "Bacchus on the Campus" in Wine Spectator magazine.
Mark’s pro-consumer approach and commitment to education have animated all of his professional endeavors. He is one of the three founding partners of Vault.com, the leading media company for career information. He is also a licensed attorney and co-author of several best-selling career-focused books.
Mark graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A and M.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Stanford University, having served on its Board of Trustees for five years.