Synopses & Reviews
Wine enthusiasts and novices, raise your glasses! The #1 wine book has been extensively updated! If you’re a connoisseur, Wine For Dummies, Fourth Edition
will get you up to speed on what’s in and show you how to take your hobby to the next level. If you’re new to the world of wine, it will clue you in on what you’ve been missing and show you how to get started. It begins with the basic types of wine, how wines are made, and more. Then it gets down to specifics:
- How to handle snooty wine clerks, navigate restaurant wine lists, decipher cryptic wine labels, and dislodge stubborn corks
- How to sniff and taste wine
- How to store and pour wine and pair it with food
- Four white wine styles: fresh, unoaked; earthy; aromatic; rich, oaky
- Four red wine styles: soft, fruity, and relatively light-bodied; mild-mannered, medium-bodied; spicy; powerful, full-bodied, and tannic
- What’s happening in the “Old World” of wine, including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, and Greece
- What’s how (and what’s not) in the New World of Wine, including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa
- U.S. wines from California, Oregon, Washington, and New York
- Bubbling beauties and medieval sweets: champagne, sparkling wines, sherry, port, and other exotic dessert wines
Authors Ed McCarthy, CWE, who is a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Journal and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, who owns the International Wine Center in New York, have co-authored six wine books in the For Dummies series. In an easy-to-understand, unpretentious style that’s as refreshing as a glass of Chardonnay on a summer day, they provide practical information to help you enjoy wine, including:
- Real Deal symbols that alert you to good wines that are low in price compared to other wines of similar type, style, or quality
- A Vintage Wine Chart with specifics on numerous wines
- Info on ordering wine from out of state, collecting wine, and more
Wine For Dummies, Fourth Edition is not just a great resource and reference, it’s a good read. It’s full-bodied, yet light…rich, yet crisp…robust, yet refreshing….
"Wine For Dummies, 4e" will include new information on all the emerging wine regions, such as Argentina, Greece, and Chile, as well as additions and changes to other country's new wines, such as those of France and Italy. It will also provide coverage of US regional wines, such as California, Oregon, and Washington wines and updated vintage charts and prices. "Wine For Dummies, 4E" will also share with readers entirely new recommendations for the best red and wine wines on the market.
The plain-English guide that demystifies wine
Choose good, affordable wines from the United States, Europe, Chile, Australia, and elsewhere
This down-to-earth guide cuts through wine snobbery and tells you what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine. This update of the bestselling For Dummies classic covers everything from established and emerging wine regions to pairing wine with food to collecting wine. Here's to fun, relaxed wine exploration and enjoyment!
Praise for Wine For Dummies, 3rd Edition
"Crammed with useful, accurate information."
"This book is . . . for everyone who loves wine or wants to know more about it."
—Robert Mondavi, Chairman Emeritus, Robert Mondavi Winery
"Complete . . . and agreeably relaxed."
—New York Times
"Mary and Ed help people to trust their own tastes and enjoyment of wine."
—Jess Jackson, Proprietor, Kendall-Jackson; Jackson Family Farms
Discover how to
- Understand grape varieties and wine styles
- Decipher wine lists and wine labels
- Get real deals on great wines
- Select, store, open, pour, and enjoy wine
- Choose wines that please your palate
This revised edition delivers an updated, down-to-earth look at what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine.
The art of winemaking may be a time-honored tradition dating back thousands of years, but today, wine is trendier and hotter than ever. Wine sales in the U.S. have doubled in only a decade. Now, wine experts and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan have revised their popular Wine for Dummies665,000 copies sold in previous editionsand deliver an updated, down-to-earth look at what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine.
Beginners wondering what the fuss is about will get a thorough grounding in the basics of reds and whites, and the grape varieties and regions that spawn them: Bordeaux, Burgundy, and others. They'll find answers to questions that the snobs don't dare ask, such as: Is wine fattening? How many kinds of glasses do you need, anyway? How do you smell wine? (Step 1. Be bold. Stick your nose right in.)
But they'll also wonder what kind of world they've stumbled into when the book starts to tackle the good stuff: Why does everyone have pinot envy? Can magnets and crystals make wine less tannic? Does wine really breathe? And that's before getting to the bubbling beauties and medieval sweets: champagne, sparkling wines, sherry, port, and more.
Wine lovers of all stripes will enjoy the authors' reality check on wine jargon as well as their all-new recommendations on the very best wines; their updated reports on the wines of France and Italy; and new information on emerging wine regions in Argentina, Greece, and Chile. This relaxed, readable guide also covers U.S. regional wines, such as those of California, Oregon, and Washington; updates on vintage charts and prices; and the latest on labeling, ordering wine from out of state, collecting wine, and much more.
About the Author
and Mary Ewing-Mulligan
are two wine lovers who met at an Italian wine tasting in New York City’s Chinatown and subsequently merged their wine cellars and wine libraries when they married. They have since coauthored six wine books in the Wine For Dummies
series (including two of their favorites, French Wine For Dummies
and Italian Wine For Dummies
) as well as their latest book, Wine Style
(Wiley); taught hundreds of wine classes together; visited nearly every wine region in the world; run five marathons; and raised eleven cats. Along the way, they have amassed more than half a century of professional wine experience between them.
Mary is president of International Wine Center, a New York City wine school that offers credentialed wine education for wine professionals and serious wine lovers. As U.S. director of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), the world’s leading wine educational organization, she works to make the courses she offers in New York available in more and more parts of the United States. She is also the long-standing wine columnist of the NY Daily News. Mary’s most impressive credential is that she’s the first female Master of Wine (MW) in the United States, and one of only 22 MW’s in North America (with 251 worldwide).
Ed, a New Yorker, graduated from City University of NY with a master’s degree in psychology. He taught high school English in another life, while working part-time in wine shops to satisfy his passion for wine and to subsidize his growing wine cellar. That cellar is especially heavy in his favorite wines — Bordeaux, Barolo, and Champagne. Besides co-authoring six wine books in the For Dummies series with Mary, Ed went solo as author of Champagne For Dummies, a topic on which he’s especially expert.
Ed and Mary also share wine columns in Nation’s Restaurant News and in Beverage Media, a trade publication. They are each columnists for the online wine magazine, WineReviewOnline.com. Ed and Mary are both accredited as Certified Wine Educators (CWE).
When they aren’t writing, teaching, or visiting wine regions, Mary and Ed maintain a busy schedule of speaking, judging at professional wine competitions, and tasting as many new wines as possible. They admit to leading thoroughly unbalanced lives in which their only non-wine pursuits are hiking in the Berkshires and the Italian Alps. At home, they wind down to the tunes of U2, K.D. Lang, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young in the company of their feline roommates Dolcetto, Black & Whitey, Ponzi, and Pinot.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting to Know Wine.
Chapter 1: Wine 101.
Chapter 2: These Taste Buds Are for You.
Chapter 3: Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties.
Chapter 4: Wine Names and Label Lingo.
Chapter 5: Behind the Scenes of Winemaking.
Part II: Wine and You: Up Close and Personal.
Chapter 6: Navigating a Wine Shop.
Chapter 7: Confronting a Restaurant Wine List.
Chapter 8: The Insider’s Track to Serving and Using Wine.
Part III: The "Old World" of Wine.
Chapter 9: Doing France.
Chapter 10: Italy, the Heartland of Vino.
Chapter 11: Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Beyond.
Part IV: Discovering the New World of Wine.
Chapter 12: The Southern Hemisphere Arises.
Chapter 13: America, America.
Part V: Wine’s Exotic Face.
Chapter 14: Champagne and Other Sparklers.
Chapter 15: Wine Roads Less Traveled: Fortified and Dessert Wines.
Part VI: When You’ve Caught the Bug.
Chapter 16: Buying and Collecting Wine.
Chapter 17: Continuing Education for Wine Lovers.
Chapter 18: Describing and Rating Wine.
Chapter 19: Marrying Wine with Food.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine.
Chapter 21: Ten Wine Myths Demystified.
Part VIII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Pronunciation Guide to Wine Terms.
Appendix B: Glossary of Wine Terms.
Appendix C: Vintage Wine Chart: 1985–2004.