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If you've ever been struck dumb by a wine list, here's your guide. From choosing a great bottle to matching wine with food, this revised and updated For Dummies® classic is overflowing with wine tips that'll give you the confidence to buy and enjoy wine like a true connoisseur.
Discover how to: Navigate a wine shop Choose from a restaurant wine list Judge a wine by its label Appreciate wines from different regions Determine the best wine for your meal Describe and rate wines
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Savor the glories of the grape in this all-new, revised and updated edition of the best-selling Wine For Dummies. Even if you've never sipped a glass of wine in your life, a wonderful world is awaiting as you find out how to taste wine, what types of grapes are used in the wine-making process, and how wines are named. A little knowledge, say husband-and-wife authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, can go a long way in enhancing your delight and appreciation of wine.
After you master the basics of enjoying fine wines, take a tour of the famous wine-growing regions of the world, from Burgundy to the Napa Valley, and discover vintage advice on great wines for any occasion as you decant the wisdom of these seasoned wine aficionados. Find out how to handle snooty clerks, restaurant wine lists, and stubborn corks. Uncork a wealth of practical advice and recommendations on where, when, and how to buy the wines you love and how to store them properly. Improve your wine vocabulary, too, so that when you make that great discovery, you can say more than, Gee, this tastes good!"
About the Author
Ed McCarthy is a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Journal. Mary Ewing-Mulligan owns the International Wine Center in New York. Together, they are also the authors of For Dummies guides to red wine, white wine, and wine buying.
Table of Contents
PART I: Getting Started with Wine.
Chapter 1: Wine 101.
Chapter 2: These Taste Buds Are for You.
Chapter 3: Behind the Scenes of Winemaking.
Chapter 4: Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties.
Chapter 5: Is It a Grape? Is It a Place?
PART II: Close Encounters of the Wine Kind.
Chapter 6: Navigating a Wine Shop.
Chapter 7: Navigating a Restaurant Wine List.
Chapter 8: How to Open a Bottle and What to Do Next.
Chapter 9: Judging a Wine by Its Label.
PART III: Around the World of Wine.
Chapter 10: Doing France.
Chapter 11: Italy, the Heartland of Vino.
Chapter 12: Elsewhere in Europe.
Chapter 13: The Brave New World of Wine.
Chapter 14: America, America.
Chapter 15: Bubbling Beauties.
Chapter 16: Wine Roads Less Traveled: Fortified and Dessert Wines.
PART IV: When you've Caught the Bug.
Chapter 17: Insider's Guide to Wine Buying.
Chapter 18: You Never Graduate from Wine School.
Chapter 19: Describing and Rating Wine.
Chapter 20: Marrying Wine with Food (And Other Entertaining Issues).
Chapter 21: To Have and To Hold or To Sell.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine.
Chapter 23: Ten Wine Myths Demystified.
PART VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Pronunciation Guide to Wine Terms.
Appendix B: Glossary of Wine Terms.
Appendix C: Vintage Wine Chart: 1977 1996.
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