How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine

How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine


By (author) Jancis Robinson, By (photographer) Jan Baldwin

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 216mm x 18mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 25 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416596658
  • ISBN 13: 9781416596653
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised, Updated ed.
  • Illustrations note: , colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 71,696

Product description

What better way to learn about wine than to taste it? Hailed by Jerry Shriver in "USA Today" as "the woman who makes the wine world gulp when she speaks," Jancis Robinson created in "How to Taste" a classic for connoisseurs of all levels and the first introduction of its kind to focus on practical tasting exercises. Now fully revised and updated, Robinson's renowned guide proves once again that learning about wine can be just as engaging as drinking it. Written in Robinson's trademark accessible style, the new "How to Taste" features thoroughly updated vintages and producers as well as up-and-coming wine regions and styles. Incorporating wines that are both easily obtainable and reasonably priced, Robinson's lessons are separated into complementary portions of theory and practice to help you both learn and taste your way to wine expertise. One of the world's best-loved authorities on wine, Robinson explains first how to get the most out of the flavor of your wine and food, and then about specific grapes and the wines themselves. By the time you finish the book, you will have learned how to recognize the most popular grape varieties from Chardonnay and Riesling to Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, and why a good sparkling wine is always better than cheap champagne. You will discover how to judge sweetness, acidity, and fruitiness as well as the difference between the length and the weight of a wine. You will also be given practical advice for dealing with wine in the real world: how to choose from a wine list, organize your own wine tastings, and pair wines with specific foods. From the armchair to the wine shop and back to the table, "How to Taste" will transform anyone on any level into a confident connoisseur who can leave faltering sips behind and have fun along the way.

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Author information

Jancis Robinson is one of the world's best-loved authorities on wine. A Master of Wine, a respected wine judge and lecturer, Robinson has also written and presented the award-winning BBC television series "Jancis Robinson's Wine Course" and She has been a regular columnist for "Wine Spectator" and is now the wine correspondent for the "Financial Times." Author of several definitive books on wine as well as the autobiographical "Confessions of a Wine Lover, " she is also the editor of the multi-award-winning "Companion to Wine."

Review quote

"By a long measure the best wine writer in the world." -- Paul Levy, "The Wall Street Journal"