Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2003 Edition: A Lively Guide (Kevin Zraly's Complete Wine Course)

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Kevin Zraly's incomparable course--"One of the best start-from-scratch wine books ever written," wrote Frank Prial in The New York Times--is still America's top-selling guide to wine. In his inimitable, irreverent style, Zraly answers all your questions; offers the most up-to-date recommendations; takes you on a country-by-country, region-by-region ratings tour of the latest vintages; and starts you on your way to becoming a wine connoisseur. Abundant full-color labels and maps entice you. And, now The Windows on the World Wine Course is more than just the best book on the market. This new edition of Zraly's masterwork features his loving and personal history of Windows on the World, right from its very beginning. It's a touching tribute to his co-workers who lost their lives on September 11th.
For each book sold, Sterling Publishing will donate one dollar to the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund. And, Zraly's contributions to oenophiles continues as well; The Windows on the World Wine School remains in business at the Mariott Hotel.

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KEVIN ZRALY is the founder and teacher of the immensely popular Windows on the World Wine School that has graduated over 10,000 students since its inception in 1976. He has studied winemaking techniques in California and all the great wine regions of Europe. Not only is he the creator of the famous wine list at Windows of the World, he also designed the training program for the most knowledgeable wine-service staff in America. The recipient of the James Beard Award as the Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year and the Food & Beverage Association's Man of the Year Award, Kevin is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Culinary Institute of America and has been featured in The New York Times, People magazine, The Wall Street Journal, GQ magazine, Newsweek, and USA Today, among others. He is the co-host of the Food Network's "Wine A to Z

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Starred Review. Picking out a wine book, either for yourself or as a gift, can be almost as daunting as the wine list itself. Kevin Zraly, founder of the Windows on the World Wine School, knows this, and his newly-updated twentieth anniversary edition is as indispensable as the corkscrew. Zraly starts small, with an overview of developments in the wine industry since the book's last publication, and then covers the basics of fermentation, important wine regions and how to taste wine. What really sets the book apart from its peers is Zraly's patience with the reader. The book is peppered with questions ranging from "How long should I keep a Beaujolais?" to strategies on creating and stocking a wine cellar. Quirky quotes, anecdotes and cocktail party trivia are scattered throughout the book's margins. The result is an eminently readable book that manages to teach while it entertains. Through it all, Zraly remains down-to-earth and free of the snootiness many newcomers associate with the daunting world of wine. Wine experts may find this book lacking, though, and might be better served by a more exhaustive, encyclopedic book, as Zraly focuses on French and domestic wine at the expense of Italian, Spanish and Australian brands. (Including Yellow Tail, an Australian wine that, according to Zraly, is the top-selling imported wine.) Still, this is an excellent introduction to the world of wine and should be warmly received by those looking for a well-structured and informative book on the subject.
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