Are you up to date on today's wine scene? Wine For Dummies, 6th Edition reveals what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine. With new and revised content, this edition of the popular Wine For Dummies text takes you on a tour of emerging and old world wine regions, showcasing the varieties and styles you need to know to stay up to date on today's wine scene. In addition to highlighting wines themselves, this approachable resource offers insight into wine shops, supermarket wine selections, wine and food pairings, vintage charts, and price guidelines. For the aspiring wine aficionado, the text offers expert advice on buying, collecting, and rating wines—and can direct you in updating your personal collection through its thorough guidance. Wine has, for generations, been an important part of culture and society around the world. Over time, trends in wine change—as do the ways in which it is created, celebrated, and enjoyed. Exploring today's wine trends is a great way to learn more about and appreciate different cultures—and let's be honest: educational value aside, wine tastes amazing. Understand different grape varieties and varying wine styles Read wine lists and labels, and understand how to use them to make the right purchases Pair your wine with food in a way that will bring out the best flavors in all aspects of your meal Explore how to best select, store, open, pour, and enjoy your wine Wine For Dummies, 6th Edition provides you with the information you need to confidently navigate today's wine scene!
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Wine 5 Chapter 1: Wine 101 7 Chapter 2: These Taste Buds Are for You 19 Chapter 3: Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties 33 Chapter 4: Wine Names and Label Lingo 49 Chapter 5: Behind the Scenes of Winemaking 65 Part II: Wine and You: Up Close and Personal 73 Chapter 6: Buying Wine to Drink at Home 75 Chapter 7: Buying Wine in Restaurants 87 Chapter 8: Serving Wine 101 Chapter 9: Marrying Wine with Food 119 Part III: The “Old World” of Wine 125 Chapter 10: Knowing the Wines of France 127 Chapter 11: Italy, the Land of Great Vino 165 Chapter 12: Spain, Germany, and Other European Hot Spots 187 Part IV: Discovering the “New World” of Wine 211 Chapter 13: America, America 213 Chapter 14: The Southern Hemisphere Arises 243 Part V: Wine’s Exotic Face 263 Chapter 15: Champagne and Other Sparklers 265 Chapter 16: Wine Roads Less Traveled: Fortified and Dessert Wines 287 Part VI: When You’ve Caught the Bug 309 Chapter 17: Buying and Collecting Wine 311 Chapter 18: Continuing Education for Wine Lovers 329 Chapter 19: Describing and Rating Wine 343 Part VII: The Part of Tens 351 Chapter 20: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine 353 Chapter 21: Ten Wine Myths Demystified 361 Part VIII: Appendixes 369 Appendix A: Pronunciation Guide to Wine Terms 371 Appendix B: Glossary of Wine Terms 377 Appendix C: Vintage Wine Chart: 1993–2012 389 Index 393
“A great book that tells you all you need to know about wine” (Frost Magazine, November 2015)
Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan share over a half-century of professional wine experience and have coauthored 12 books on wine. Ed also writes for the trade publication Beverage Media and is a columnist for Wine Review Online. Mary is president of the International Wine Center, a prominent wine school in New York City.
Learn to: Understand grape varieties and wine styles Decipher wine lists and labels Pair food with wines that will bring out the best in both Select, store, open, pour, and enjoy wine Enhance your enjoyment of wine for yourself and your friends Ah, the delight of a delicious wine, it can make a simple dinner an event. This fully updated guide shows you how to find, handle, celebrate, and enjoy a pleasure that has been treasured for centuries. No snobbery here, just an easy way to learn about choosing wine, understanding wine lists, exploring new varieties, serving, sharing, and more! Jump right in — if you're new to the wine world, learn about how wine is made, tasting techniques, grape varieties, and tips on reading wine labels Picking a good one — find out how to choose wines that enhance the flavor of certain foods, best places to shop for wine, and how to select from a restaurant wine list Master what's old — learn the subtleties of fine wines from traditional winemaking countries like France and Italy Discover what's new — explore exciting new wines from South Africa, Chile, and Australia as well as new California vintages Venture into the exotic — discover Champagne secrets and explore the world of fortified and dessert wines Get serious — get the most from wine tastings and winery tours, create a wine cellar, and start your own collection Open the book and find: Why there's a certain technique for tasting wine A primer on grapes What wine labels often mean The right corkscrew to use Classic pairings of wine and food Where the best wines come from Noteworthy special-occasion wines Ways to extend your wine education
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