Fear Of Wine: An Introductory Guide To The Grape by Leslie Brenner

Fear Of Wine: An Introductory Guide To The Grape

byLeslie BrennerIllustratorLettie Teague

Paperback | October 1, 1995

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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.

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Title:Fear Of Wine: An Introductory Guide To The GrapeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.97 × 5.99 × 0.67 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher: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 WineOpening 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 PartyImpressive and interesting wines to bring to dinner that won't break the bank:Albari±o from SpainVin Santo from ItalyMonbazillacAlsatian RieslingNew Zealand Sauvignon BlancMuscat de Beaumes-de-VeniseChÔteauneuf-du-PapeCrozes-HermitageRibera del DueroSingle-quinta portOr consider one of these particular bottles from California:Scharffenberger Brut, Blanc de Blanc, or Brut RosÚDomaine Chandon Etoile or BrutMumm Napa CuvÚe NapaAu Bon Climat ChardonnayCalera Pinot NoirChalone Pinot NoirBonny Don Vin de GlaciÞrePreston Muscat Br¹lÚ

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