Wine for Dummies Author:Ed McCarthy, Mary Ewing-Mulligan Somewhere between the absolute beginner and the lab-coat-wearing oenologist lies everyone who simply enjoys wine -- not just drinking it but seeking out new varieties and vintages, visiting vineyards and the wine growing regions of the world, and finding and storing bottles to share with friends and family on special occasions. If you're jus... more »t such a person, then Wine For Dummies is for you. Here, you'll find plain-English explanations of what people really mean when they say that a wine has a light body, is soft or crisp, or is fruity or tannic.
You'll discover how to… Open, serve, and store wine properly Read and understand wine labels Distinguish good wine from bad Describe the qualities of wines you like and don't like by using terms that carry precise meanings to vintners and wine merchants Choose the right wine for any meal Get the best possible value when buying wines you like
Plus, renowned wine professionals and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan share hundreds of recommendations based on the knowledge they've gained from years spent visiting the world's vineyards and tasting vintages of many ages. Use Wine For Dummies as your introduction to the art and science of wine and as a reference you can turn to again and again as you embark on the lifelong education of your palate.
For your convenience, Wine For Dummies even includes a tear-out, wallet-sized tip sheet you can keep with you for those times when a restaurant's wine list bears no familiar names. On the card, you'll find ratings for 9 vintages and 13 different regions.« less
If you don't know anything about wine but want to start studying it, this is a good introduction. It won't make you a connoisseur but will help you be a little less clueless if you visit a vineyard or start going to wine tastings.