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Windows on the World complete wine course
Zraly, Kevin.
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1999 edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
186 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 27 cm
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TP548 .Z73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Is it necessary to pay a high price to get great-tasting Bordeaux? What foods best complement a fine Chardonnay? When is champagne ready to drink? How do you choose a good California wine? America's best-selling book on wine returns with updated recommendations, new sections, and Kevin Zraly's irreverent approach to the subject. Universally praised by wine experts and novices alike, this unbeatable course will answer all your questions and help you to become a wine connoisseur. Take a country-by-country, region-by-region "best-buy" ratings tour of the latest vintages. You'll love Zraly's lighthearted style, and you'll appreciate his glossary of wine terms, his award-winning restaurant wine lists, and his helpful and informative tips on stocking and serving wine at home, ordering it in restaurants (including the hows and whys of the "tasting ritual"), and much more. Elegant two-color printing and dozens of illustrations, ranging from labels you should know to memorable New Yorker cartoons, complement Zraly's witty commentary. Whether your prefer a vintage that's bright, earthy, mature, rich, light, or seductive, take a uniquely intoxicating trek through the world of wine that will turn you into an enthusiastic expert in no time!

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Booklist Review

Promoting fine wine to the uninitiated has always been plagued by association with intimidating pomp. Zraly nearly solves that problem by being accessible without oversimplifying his facts. This book is so short and lightheartedly written that even people with only a faint interest in learning wine basics have little reason not to read it. It has broad appeal because it is short yet thorough and, most important, always speaks to the typical American consumer. Many of the page-adorning wine labels are those of affordable, easy-to-find bottles. And rather than discourage skeptical readers with solid text, Zraly uses a page format based on clear diagrams and concise boxes and sidebars. The book's body, arranged by wine regions, is supplemented by a glossary of terms, a summary of wine trends, a pronunciation guide, and a section on buying strategies. This twelfth update of the best-selling hardcover on wine is still the top introductory book available. --Dane Carr