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In this eminently readable, remarkably unstuffy, visually exciting guide to discovering wine, Joanna Simon toasts the newest generation of wine lovers. More than 250 full-color photographs, maps and charts beautifully complement her effervescent approach to the fascinating world of wine, as she dispels the mystique that so often surrounds the subject. At last, someone has come along to show you how to make the most of every glass, and provide you with the crucial hints that can make you a wine aficionado -- virtually overnight. You will learn how to:
* Taste and judge wine like a professional
* Match the best wine and food combinations
* Follow the new guidelines for serving and storing your wines
* Discern between "classic" wines and those that emulate them
* Understand the importance -- and role -- of grapes
* Know when a particular wine is ready to drink
The author continues to demystify wine, as she explores famous vineyards and explains how the wine makers use grapes to their most delicious advantage. And after a concise but thorough roundup of today's wine styles, Simon conducts a tour of discovery through wine regions throughout the world -- from Chianti to Coonawarra, from Médoc to Moldova, and everywhere in between.
As entertaining as it is informative, Discovering Wine is destined to become the new definitive beginner's guide to wine.
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The subtitle says it all: Discovering Wine is, indeed, "a refreshingly unfussy beginner's guide to finding, tasting, judging, storing, serving, cellaring, and, most of all, Discovering Wine." If you thought you'd have to make a spectacle of yourself in public--sniffing corks, gargling bordeaux, etc.--in order to become educated on the subject of wine, relax. Author Joanna Simon makes it clear that even the most retiring persons can learn to judge wine without drawing attention to themselves. Using a combination of pictures and text, Simon describes the steps involved in tasting, serving, and storing wine. She offers suggestions for matching wines with different foods, then takes the reader on a tour of famous vineyards, explaining just what goes into a really fine vintage. Finally, she includes brief descriptions of the best-known wines from wine-growing regions the world over. So if you don't know your Asti from your Madeira, let Joanna Simon set you on the road to knowledge with Discovering Wine.About the Author:
Joanna Simon is one of the United Kingdom's most successful young wine writers. Since 1987, she has been wine correspondent for The Sunday Times and in 1992 was awarded the Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the Year award. She also edited Harrod's Book of Fine Wine, published in 1990 by Mitchell Beazley.
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