Everything Wine Book (Everything (Cooking))

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From great bargains to classic vintages, how to order-or buy-the perfect wine. You won't make a wine mistake ever again!

It used to be that the world of wine was a closed door to all except for the cultural elite. Well, not any more! The Everything Wine Book is the perfect primer for anyone with even the slightest interest in wine, whether you are planning to spend 5 a bottle or 50.

Here is a complete wine resource that's easily accessible and authoritatively written. This friendly, informative book covers everything you need to know, including:

What to spend for a wine that will taste great and impress your friends
How to differentiate types of wine, not just by color
The low-down on champagnes and dessert wines
How to shop for wine in a liquor store
Cocktails and dinner recipes using wine
Wine-inspired vacations
The best wine to serve at parties
Paring foods with wine, from hamburgers and pizza to the classiest French cuisine

Insightful and exciting, The Everything Wine Book takes the mystery out of ordering the perfect bottle of wine and is a wonderful companion to The Everything Pasta Cookbook.

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You know that you're not supposed to sniff the cork when the sommelier hands it to you in a restaurant, right? Well, don't feel bad if you don't. The cork is handed to you to show that it is in good condition and not rotting (which would allow oxygen to come in contact with the wine), and that only one end is wet, thus proving that the bottle was stored correctly. Unlike most other alcohol consumption, which is indiscriminate, wine is something that must be learned and practiced like a sport or a musical instrument. Yet most of us order the house red and politely sniff the cork, because we haven't a clue. The Everything Wine Book is a first step toward a vinifera education (the rest is practice, practice).

Like a James Michener novel, albeit much shorter, The Everything Wine Book starts with the beginning of Western civilization, moves on to a discussion of geology, and winds up in the New World, where very fine, affordable pinot noir can be had. At 288 pages, it's a lesson that goes down easy. The authors cover all the major varieties, discuss wine production, explain why one vintage is superior to another, conduct a taste tour of the world's wine-producing nations, reveal the nuances of serving wine, tell what it means to let a bottle of wine "breathe," and even provide advice regarding hangover prevention. So drink and be merry, secure in the knowledge that when you're done quaffing this book, you'll be able to authoritatively select perfectly wonderful wines in your price range. --Brenda Pittsley

About the Author:

Danny May has taught wine appreciation classes, and has been both a sommelier (that's a restaurant wine guy) and professional wine salesman.

Andy Sharpe is a writer who appreciates all kinds of wine and is always looking for a great bargain.

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