Had A Glass: Top 100 Wines For 2008 Under $20

by James Nevison, Kenji Hodgson

Whitecap Books Ltd. | October 18, 2007 | Trade Paperback

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The definitive down-to-earth guide to choosing a high-caliber bottle of wine for a low price.

"Who else (besides yours truly) knows more about cheap wines than budget-conscious grape enthusiasts Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison?"
- Fred Lee, CBC''s Man About Town

Nowhere has wine been explained and explored with less pretension than in Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison''s Had a Glass series. The newest installment, Had a Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2008 Under $20, delivers more of the invaluable information and irreverent reviews that wine novices and experts alike have come to depend on.

Alongside the reviews, Had a Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2008 Under $20 delivers pretty much every other morsel of information the casual, yet dedicated wine drinker needs to know. Along with easy charts that decode varietals and offer suggestions, a glassware glossary and a section of food and wine pairings, Hodgson and Nevison even outline wines to match your frame of mind. Where can you find a good Wednesday wine for your middle of the week blues? Had a Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2008 Under $20.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 168 pages, 8.4 × 5 × 0.4 in

Published: October 18, 2007

Publisher: Whitecap Books Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552858987

ISBN - 13: 9781552858981

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Had A Glass: Top 100 Wines For 2008 Under $20

by James Nevison, Kenji Hodgson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 168 pages, 8.4 × 5 × 0.4 in

Published: October 18, 2007

Publisher: Whitecap Books Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552858987

ISBN - 13: 9781552858981

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Preface -- the juice Had a Glass 2008 focuses on real wine, that is, real good wine. Wine your mother-in-law will like. Wine to buy by the case. Wine that begins tasty and ends even tastier. More than ever before, wine styles are diversifying in the under-$20 category. This means plenty of opportunity to be picky about what you drink. While choosing the top 100 for Had a Glass , we do our best to keep our noses out of our wine glasses. Sure, wading through the jungle of wines means locking ourselves in a room with hundreds of bottles, a couple of corkscrews, and a very large spittoon. But we eventually emerge -- baring purple-stained teeth -- to get on with finding out what matters more than fruit concentration and tannin structure. That is, what kind of wines people want to drink. Balance Is Big 2008 is all about balance. The more people we talk to -- and share a glass with -- the more we hear the call for wines that aren''t going to do a coup d''état at the dinner table. It''s less about the fruit bomb and more about the finesse. It''s about wine that goes with food. Even more so, it''s about wines that deliver the complete package. Whether they''re white or red, light- or full-bodied, oaked or un-oaked, we''re after wines with harmony. Organic Wine We''re drinking organic like there''s no tomorrow. A host of wineries are jumping on the green wagon, either turning a new leaf or starting to broadcast their organic philosophy. For decades, the haphazard approach to organic wi
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Table of Contents

Preface -- The Juice

  • Balance Is Big
  • Organic Wine
  • White is the New Red?
  • Getting On with It

A Brief Guide to Wine Enjoyment

  • Had a Glass?
  • Buyer Beware
  • The Value Proposition

How to Taste Wine

  • The Four Steps
  • Taking Notes
  • Usual Aromas
  • Unusual Aromas
  • Flights of Fancy
  • Self-Help for Wine Monotony

How to Buy Wine

  • Get Organized
  • Occasional Wine
  • Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings
  • Required Reading: Decoding a Wine Label

How to Enjoy Wine

  • Glasses and Stemware
  • Decanters
  • Corkscrews
  • Storing and Aging Your Wine
  • Wine Handling

Food and Wine

  • Strategies
  • Icons

Wine-Inspired Dishes, Mimi Approved

  • Mussels in White Wine
  • Coq au Vin
  • Marsala Prawns
  • Sparking Wine Jell-O

The Whites

  • 36 wines

The Pinks

  • 3 wines

The Reds

  • 50 wines

The Bubblies

  • 5 wines

The Aperitifs

  • 2 wines

The Desserts

  • 4 wines

The Indices

  • Wines by Country
  • Wines by Type
  • Wines by Food

Acknowledgements

From the Publisher

The definitive down-to-earth guide to choosing a high-caliber bottle of wine for a low price.

"Who else (besides yours truly) knows more about cheap wines than budget-conscious grape enthusiasts Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison?"
- Fred Lee, CBC''s Man About Town

Nowhere has wine been explained and explored with less pretension than in Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison''s Had a Glass series. The newest installment, Had a Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2008 Under $20, delivers more of the invaluable information and irreverent reviews that wine novices and experts alike have come to depend on.

Alongside the reviews, Had a Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2008 Under $20 delivers pretty much every other morsel of information the casual, yet dedicated wine drinker needs to know. Along with easy charts that decode varietals and offer suggestions, a glassware glossary and a section of food and wine pairings, Hodgson and Nevison even outline wines to match your frame of mind. Where can you find a good Wednesday wine for your middle of the week blues? Had a Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2008 Under $20.

About the Author

Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison each hold certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust of London. They formed their alliance out of a desire to make wine more fun and accessible, and write a weekly "Wine Guys" column in Vancouver''s The Province newspaper.

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