Fear Of Wine: An Introductory Guide To The Grape

by Leslie Brenner
Illustrator Lettie Teague

Random House Publishing Group | October 1, 1995 | Trade Paperback |

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In this friendly introductory guide, food and wine writer Leslie Brenner tells how to:
Pour and taste wine
Develop a taste memory
Order from a wine list
Select a wine at the store
Match food with wine

In addition, helpful sidebars illuminate such subjects as:
How--and why--to swirl without sloshing
Disarming a snotty waiter
Ten great wines to bring to a dinner party
Going beyond California Chardonnay
Starting your own cellar for under $100

Along the way, Lettie Teague''s funny and informative cartoons enhance the text and make great devices for remembering the most important facts. Before long,
your old standby, Chateau Screwtop, will be a distant memory. Accessible and concise, Fear of Wine will appeal to anyone who wants to know a little bit about a subject that can bring great pleasure.

At last, a guide that is as fun to read as wine is to drink!

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: October 1, 1995

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553374648

ISBN - 13: 9780553374643

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Fear Of Wine: An Introductory Guide To The Grape

by Leslie Brenner
Illustrator Lettie Teague

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: October 1, 1995

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553374648

ISBN - 13: 9780553374643

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Opening Champagne and Other Sparkling Wine Opening a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine (a bottle of "bubbles," as they say in the California wine trade...) obviously requires an entirely different technique than still wines.  This is because the carbon dioxide bubbles in the wine cause tremendous pressure to build up in the bottle, and if you''re not careful, the cork  an fly out dangerously.  (You could put an eye out that way!) Opening a bottle of champagne frightens lots of people, too, but it''s really quite easy. First, remove the foil. Next, being careful not to point the cork toward anyone, twist the loop on the wire cage until it is disengaged.  Carefully remove the cage.   Grasp the cork with one hand, keeping the hand over the cork to prevent it from flying out while you use the other hand to twist the bottle gently but firmly until it''s opened.  There won''t be a loud pop, but hey--there''s not supposed to be! You should hear just a gentle little " phssht " sound. Pour about an inch of wine into each glass, and then go back and fill them up. This technique prevents them from bubbling over. Cheers! Wines to Bring to a Dinner Party Impressive and interesting wines to bring to dinner that won''t break the bank: Albari±o from Spain Vin Santo from Italy Monbazillac Alsatian Riesling New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise ChÔteauneuf-du-Pape Crozes-Hermitage Ri
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In this friendly introductory guide, food and wine writer Leslie Brenner tells how to:
Pour and taste wine
Develop a taste memory
Order from a wine list
Select a wine at the store
Match food with wine

In addition, helpful sidebars illuminate such subjects as:
How--and why--to swirl without sloshing
Disarming a snotty waiter
Ten great wines to bring to a dinner party
Going beyond California Chardonnay
Starting your own cellar for under $100

Along the way, Lettie Teague''s funny and informative cartoons enhance the text and make great devices for remembering the most important facts. Before long,
your old standby, Chateau Screwtop, will be a distant memory. Accessible and concise, Fear of Wine will appeal to anyone who wants to know a little bit about a subject that can bring great pleasure.

At last, a guide that is as fun to read as wine is to drink!

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In this friendly introductory guide, food and wine writer Leslie Brenner tells how to:
Pour and taste wine
Develop a taste memory
Order from a wine list
Select a wine at the store
Match food with wine
In addition, helpful sidebars illuminate such subjects as:
How--and why--to swirl without sloshing
Disarming a snotty waiter
Ten great wines to bring to a dinner party
Going beyond California Chardonnay
Starting your own cellar for under $100
Along the way, Lettie Teague''s funny and informative cartoons enhance the text and make great devices for remembering the most important facts. Before long,
your old standby, Chateau Screwtop, will be a distant memory. Accessible and concise, "Fear of Wine will appeal to anyone who wants to know a little bit about a subject that can bring great pleasure.
At last, a guide that is as fun to read as wine is to drink!

About the Author

Leslie Brenner, author of the award-winning American Appetite, received an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. Her book Review and features have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Harper's, among others. GREETINGS FROM THE GOLDEN STATE is her first novel.

From Our Editors

Certain to appeal to a whole new generation of wine drinkers, this first refreshingly informal yet authentic guide to wine, written by noted food and spirits columnist Leslie Brenner, presents a simple, friendly, and entertaining alternative to the intimidating tomes on the subject. Cartoon illustrations throughout
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