528 pages, 8.28 × 5.28 × 1.15 in
April 15, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0028636686
ISBN - 13: 9780028636689
Table of Contents
The Unofficial Guide Reader's Bill of Rights.About the Author.The Unofficial Guide Panel of Experts.Introduction.I. Wine for Every Occasion.1. WineWhat Are You Saving It For?Two Camps of Wine Savers.Gauge the Mood."Old Faithful" Wines.Wine with Food.Wine and Food Pairing 101.For Every Food Action There Is a Wine Reaction.Casual Family Dinner.Barbeque.Formal Dinner Party.Dry Kosher Wines.After-Dinner Options.A Little Romance.ABC Wines (Anything but Chardonnay).Pick a Price Point.What Makes a Wine So Expensive or So Cheap?How You Can Find Value.Just the Facts.2. What's Your Style?Red, White, or Rosé?Sparkling Options.Dry, Fruity, or Sweet?Varietals Versus Blends.Light-, Medium-, or Full-Bodied Wine.Pick a Region.The Label: Information or Information Overload?Healthful Aspects of Wine.Just the Facts.3. How to Taste Wine.Taste Sensations.Sweet.Sour.Bitter.Salt.Umami: The New Taste Sensation.Mouthfeel or Texture.Revelations of Color.The Five S's.See.Swirl.Smell.Sip.Savor.What Does Wine Taste Like?Flavor Profiles of White Grapes.Flavor Profiles of Red Grapes.Expanding Your Wine Repertoire.Just the Facts.II. A Grass of White Wine, Please?4. Classic French Whites.Importance of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC).Alsace.Loire Valley.Bordeaux.Graves.Pessac-Léognan.Burgundy.Chablis.Mâcconais.Côte de Beaune.Côte Châlonnaise.Rhône Valley.Just the Facts.5. Noble German Whites.Land of Riesling.Strict Controls.Tafelwein.Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete.Qualitätswein mit Prädikat.Deci
From the Publisher
There's a perfect wine for every occasion, but who knows which to pick from the many available? Rest assured, The Unofficial Guide to Selecting Wine walks you through how to choose between whites, reds, vintages, and countries of origin. Learn the finer points of tasting wine, reading the label on a bottle, and understanding a restaurant wine list. When you're ready to make a purchase, this book can show you how to avoid restaurant and wine merchant mark-ups as well as how to buy wine online and at auctions.
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The inside scoop
for when you want more than the official line! Selecting wine used to be as simple as white with chicken or fish, red with red meat, Chianti with spaghetti, and champagne on New Year's Eve. But these days, eager but uneducated consumers reel in wine stores or restaurants, overwhelmed by the endless array of choices. When it comes to choosing the perfect bottle of wine, however, you don't want to take all your marching orders from the store clerk or the sommelier. You want to know wine as ably as the most seasoned connoisseur. You want the inside scoop. The Unofficial Guide to Selecting Wine is designed to give savvy consumers like you a foolproof appraisal of everything from reds, whites, and rosés to choosing the perfect bottle for any occasion. In this book you'll get unbiased recommendations that are not influenced by any company, product, or organization. The Unofficial Guide to Selecting Wine is intensively inspected by The Unofficial Panel of Experts: Rory Callahan is a former winemaker and president of a market development firm for wines; Abigail Sawyer is a veteran editor, writer, and web site developer specializing in wines; and Bo Thompson has worked for more than 20 years as a wine manager and buyer for San Francisco's finest restaurants. These specialists ensure that you are armed with the most up-to-date insider information on the subject of wine selection and are told exactly what "the Official establishment" doesn't want you to know. Vital Information on knowing the difference between varietals and blends and the different wine regions Insider Secrets on opening, tasting, sniffing, and assessing wine Money-Saving Techniques on choosing the very best wines regardless of your budget Time-Saving Tips on buying and ordering wine The Latest Trends in wine-buying at online venues, at auctions, and directly from the vineyard Handy Checklists and Charts for the best wines by the glass, America's best vineyards, and more
About the Author
About the Author Felicia M. Sherbert can tell you everything you need to know about selecting wine. Felicia is a journalist who has specialized in wine for more than 15 years. She wrote and edited the best-selling Windows on the World Complete Wine Course (Sterling Publishing Co., 1985) with wine director Kevin Zraly and recently completed a major revision of the book, the Windows on the World Complete Wine Course Millennium Edition (Sterling Publishing Co., 1999). Since the book's debut in 1985, it has sold more than one million copies, making it the top-selling wine book in the United States. Before launching her own company in 1997, Felicia was a senior editor at M. Shanken Communications, Inc., the publisher of Wine Spectator, Food Arts, and Market Watch, a magazine specializing in wine and spirits trends. She continues to contribute to these and other publications, she writes a regular column called "At the Bar," in Market Watch magazine, and she is a frequent guest speaker about wine, restaurant, and retail trends. Felicia also is a founding member of the International Food & Beverage Forum, a think tank composed of food and beverage professionals. When she is not writing, Felicia enjoys sharing a glass of wine with her husband, Frost Schroeder, playing with their two children, Alexandra and Teddy, and entertaining family and friends.
From Our Editors
Red with beef? White with chicken? What`s best for barbecues, formal dinner parties or a quiet evening with friends? Felicia Sherbert`s The Unofficial Guide to Selecting Wine will answer your questions as it introduces you to the wonderful world of wine. Learn the art of reading and understanding labels. Differentiate non-vintage from vintage. Buy wine on-line and at auctions. Learn how to serve and store your wine correctly, and choose labels and vintages that most impress your friends. This is an essential guide to selecting the perfect wine.