The Wine Bible

The Wine Bible

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By (author) Karen McNeil

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  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 904 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 229mm x 51mm | 1,247g
  • Publication date: 26 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1563054345
  • ISBN 13: 9781563054341
  • Illustrations note: colour and b/w halftones
  • Sales rank: 42,992

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THE WINE BIBLE is like a lively course from an expert teacher, grounded deeply in the fundamentals and enriched with passionate opinions, asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, illustrations, maps, photos, charts, and wine labels - everything, in fact, but the actual bottle of wine itself. Beginning with the basics of mastering wine - how to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory, understanding the subtle interplay of variety, vineyard, and vintner, and demystifying the issue of vintages - it covers the essentials. The emotion and intigue of Bergundy. Rhone's untamed reds. The flinty pleasures of sauvignon blanc and suprising delicacy of Spain's Riojas. Bordeaux, the largest fine-wine vineyard on the globe and epitome of terroir. Fourteen Sonoma wines to know. The importance of finish. Tuscany, kingdom of variable microclimates. The precise and food-friendly wines of Germany. The narrow 30-mile stretch of ambition, experimentation, and surpassing quality called Napa. Why the "punt," or indentation, in a wine bottle. Australia, where cutting-edge technology meets easy, outgoing, unpretentious character. Plus Austria, New Zealand, South Africa, Portugal, and more.

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"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 Appetit "

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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.