The Wine Bible

by Karen MacNeil

Workman Publishing Co | February 1, 2000 | Trade Paperback

The Wine Bible is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Announcing the completely revised and updated edition of The Wine Bible, the perennial bestselling wine book praised as "The most informative and entertaining book I've ever seen on the subject" (Danny Meyer), "A guide that has all the answers" (Bobby Flay), "Astounding" (Thomas Keller), and "A magnificent masterpiece of wine writing" (Kevin Zraly).

Like a lively course from an expert teacher, The Wine Bible grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Karen MacNeil's information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed-and, because of the author's unique voice, always entertained: "In great years Pétrus is ravishing, elegant, and rich-Ingrid Bergman in red satin." Or, describing a Riesling: "A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 910 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.8 in

Published: February 1, 2000

Publisher: Workman Publishing Co

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1563054345

ISBN - 13: 9781563054341

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The Wine Bible

The Wine Bible

by Karen MacNeil

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 910 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.8 in

Published: February 1, 2000

Publisher: Workman Publishing Co

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1563054345

ISBN - 13: 9781563054341

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Bordeaux-the word alone fires the mind with the anticipation of greatness. No other wine region is more powerful, more commercially clever, or more important as a source of profoundly complex, ageworthy wines. The challenge is to comprehend it all, for Bordeaux is the largest fine-wine vineyard on the globe. This single region covers more territory than all of the vineyard areas of Germany put together and is ten times larger than the vineyard acreage of New Zealand. In Bordeaux some 15,000 growers and dozens of top-class estates-plus thousands more of lesser standing-produce a daunting 700 million bottles of wine every year, including many of the priciest wines in the world. Just about halfway between the North Pole and the equator, Bordeaux lies along the path of three important rivers-the mighty Gironde, plus the two rivers that feed it, the Dordogne and the Garonne. To the immediate west is the Atlantic Ocean, and everywhere the region is crisscrossed by small streams. As we shall see, all of this water plays a critical role in shaping this region and ultimately the wines it produces. Both literally and psychologically, Bordeaux is a red-wine region. More than 80 percent of the wine made is red. Five red grapes are used and they are almost always blended together. The two most important grapes are merlot and cabernet sauvignon. The range of red Bordeaux is astounding. At the most basic level there are scores of utterly simple Bordeaux, such as Mouton Cadet, one of the
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Table of Contents

MASTERING WINE

FRANCE

ITALY

SPAIN

PORTUGAL

GERMANY

AUSTRIA

HUNGARY

GREECE

THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

AUSTRALIA

NEW ZEALAND

SOUTH AFRICA

CHILE

ARGENTINA

APPENDIXES

From the Publisher

Announcing the completely revised and updated edition of The Wine Bible, the perennial bestselling wine book praised as "The most informative and entertaining book I've ever seen on the subject" (Danny Meyer), "A guide that has all the answers" (Bobby Flay), "Astounding" (Thomas Keller), and "A magnificent masterpiece of wine writing" (Kevin Zraly).

Like a lively course from an expert teacher, The Wine Bible grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Karen MacNeil's information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed-and, because of the author's unique voice, always entertained: "In great years Pétrus is ravishing, elegant, and rich-Ingrid Bergman in red satin." Or, describing a Riesling: "A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning."

From the Jacket

THE MOST COMPLETE WINE BOOK EVER. A must for anyone who loves wine, whether they are a pro or an amateur. Thorough, authoritative, and entertaining. (Robert Mondavi, founder and chairman emeritus of the Robert Mondavi Family of Wines"

"The most informative and entertaining book I've ever seen on the subject." (Danny Meyer, co-author of The Union Square CafT Cookbook)

The essentials: The romance and intrigue of Burgundy of sauvignon blanc and the surprising elegance of Spain's top Riojas. Italy, one of wine's most enchanting and ancient homelands. What makes a great wine great? The reason behind Champagne's bubbles. The precise and food-friendly wines of Germany. California, wine's Camelot. The lip-smackingly good wines of Australia. The complexities of Port revealed. How a vineyard profoundly affects a wine's character.

Plus, matching wine with food - and mood. The secrets of professional wine tasters and how to expand your wine-tasting vocabulary. And everything else you need to know to buy, store, serve, and enjoy the world's most captivating beverage.

The shimmering elegance of Veuve Clicquot, affordable luxury in a glass, page 185.

Ravishing, elegant, and rich, Petrus in Ingrid Bergman in red satin, page 156.

Some wines are like people... they get better as they get older, pg. 64.

Sherry, the world's most misunderstood and underappreciated wine, page 437.

About the Author

Karen MacNeil is the only U.S. winner of every major wine award in the English language, including the James Beard Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year (2004).  She is the host of Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil (PBS nationally); a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Town & Country; and chairman emeritus of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. As a consultant, Karen creates wine seminars for corporate clients, including Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, and GE. She lives in St. Helena, California, and online at karenmacneil.com.
 

Editorial Reviews

" A dazzling, comprehensive, modern guide to wine, free of elitism and pedantry. This thoroughly successful work sets a new standard and makes wine more accessible and user-friendly than it has ever been before."
— Anthony Dias Blue, wine and spirits editor, Bon Appé tit