256 pages, 10.25 × 7.5 × 0.75 in
September 12, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1770852255
ISBN - 13: 9781770852259
Read from the Book
Foreword Every ten years--or is it every five, or every two?--a new book appears that claims to banish the cobwebs, cut the pomposity, shed new light and simplify the whole archaic business of wine. My publisher made the claim for me in 1966. Many of us make the attempt, but the stubborn fact remains: Wine is a complicated subject, inherently and irredeemably complicated. It's not alone. The World Cup, The World Series, Formula One, Horse Racing and, for that matter, pop music are all complicated if you are into more than the headlines. The dilemma with wine? It's meant to be jolly fun, delicious, go well with food, give you the holiday feeling. Surely all this can be done without anything as heavy as facts. Well, no. Not if you want more than just a cheerful swallow and a light head. True, there is industrial wine, which is as simple as it is boring and unsatisfying. But the authentic stuff, made by individuals in their own
vineyards with such inconveniences as the weather to deal with, is as various and as variable as, well, individuals, vineyards and weather. It was when I was just finishing the huge research project that was my Wine Companion, back in 1983, that I looked around for a shortcut for readers through the thousands of entries. I divided wine into 10 different styles. I grouped light aromatic whites...through to rich sweet reds. It was helpful then, I think, even as a sketch of an idea. It has taken 30 years, it seems, to find a writer to
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Foreword by Hugh Johnson, OBE
The Wine Styles
The Names to Look For Take One Wine
Choice Made Simple Masterclass Crisp, Lean Whites
Lively, Aromatic Whites Rich, Full-bodied Whites
Lusciously Sweet Whites Sparkling Whites and Rosés
Rosé Light, Refreshing Reds
Firm, Medium-bodied Reds Rich, Full-bodied Reds
Shopping for Wine: Researching
Shopping for Wine: Do Vintages Matter? Shopping for Wine: Buying
Shopping for Wine: Greatest Wine Stores Dining Out: Negotiating a Restaurant Wine
Dining Out: Top Chefs and Somms Spill Their Wine-Pairing Secrets Dining Out: Waiter, There's a Flaw in My Glass
Serving and Drinking Wine
Tools of the Trade: What to Stock Up On
Tools of the Trade: Stemware Tools of the Trade: Wine Storage and Preservation
How to Serve Wine: Opening and Decanting How to Serve Wine: Host's Checklist
How to Serve Wine: Temperature
The World of Wine Made Simple
The Vineyard Year How Red Wine is Made
How White Wine is Made How Sparkling Wine is Made
How Fortified Wine is Made
Rules to Remember
Food and Wine Pairing by Style
Countries and Grape Varieties by
Style Common Grape Varieties
Index Acknowledgements and Credits
From the Publisher
A new and remarkably easy way to choose and enjoy wine.
Complete Wine Selector aims to remove the fear and restore the fun and confidence in buying and enjoying wine. Presented in a compellingly original, visual "info-bites" format, it strips away wine's intimidating facade to convey all the information needed in a truly helpful way. Wine drinkers will be able to choose wine in any setting with complete confidence.
Complete Wine Selector presents information in a simple step-by-step sequence. Colorful visuals and pithy text, casebook examples and tutored tasting master classes progress to the practical mechanics of how to pick from a wine list, buy the right bottle for the right price, and serve it with confidence.
The book's features include:
- Introduction to Wine Styles -- How to determine your top 10 preferred wine styles
- Buying Wine -- How to find and buy the 10 wine styles from supermarkets, specialist wine shops, internet retailers, and at auction
- The Greatest Wine Shops -- 20 best wine shops in Europe, the USA, Australia & New Zealand, and Asia
- Restaurant Wine Lists -- Expert advice from sommeliers on how to use a wine list, what to look for, choices by cuisine, plus Q and As
- Do Vintages Matter? -- 10 top sommeliers and chefs reveal their favorite matches in style terms
- Storing Wine -- Top 10 dos and don'ts, wine cellars, wine fridges
- Tools of the Trade -- Wine accessories, tips on opening, decanting, pouring and serving; glasses and serving temperature for 10 wine styles; the
10 most common wine faults; a host's checklist
- The World of Wine Made Simple -- Visually arresting, easy-to-read charts for an at-a-glance guide to how red, white, sparkling and fortified wines are made; vineyard years
- Rules to Remember -- Easy-to-read graphical reminders summarize the most important points for easy reference.
Packed with expert advice from some of the world's best sommeliers and winemakers, and using vivid, content-rich layouts and graphics, Complete Wine Selector is a new classic guide for a new generation of wine drinkers. Older (and still anxious) wine drinkers will benefit too!
About the Author
Katherine Cole writes about wine for The Oregonian newspaper, MIX magazine and numerous national publications. She has degrees from Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has studied with the International Sommelier Guild and taught journalism at Portland State University. Her book, Voodoo Vintners, was nominated for International Wine Book of the Year at the 2012 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Katherine Cole ; Foreword by Hugh Johnson
If I had a nickel for every occasion I have been asked to suggest a wine primer book for friends who wish to learn a little more about wine, I'd have about 30 nickels or thereabouts. The problem with this particular ask is that I have never been able to recommend one that I have been truly happy with... How I wish that Katherine Cole's Complete Wine Selector had been around before now, as it's the perfect solution to this perennial question... As the mighty Hugh Johnson says in his foreword, and I'll paraphrase here, with this book Katherine Cole has successfully blown many of the cobwebs from the dusty old world of wine... As a thoroughly researched and delightfully presented primer I feel that it is simply second to none.