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The River Café wine primer
DeLissio, Joseph.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvi, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library TP548.5.A5 D45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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DeLissio has been informing customers about wine at the River Cafe in New York for more than 18 years. Now he brings his vast expertise to anyone interested in learning about wine, sharing his knowledge of wine and supplies in a short course in wine tasting and enjoyment. 12 halftones, 10 line drawings, 3 maps.

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Wine has become so ubiquitous as part of the dining scene that experienced tipplers can forget that a fresh crop of people are coming of age and only now embarking on a lifetime appreciation of this ancient beverage. DeLissio has managed the noted wine cellar at New York City's River Cafe, and he has seen his share of emerging oenophiles, so he has set out to help these beginners understand wine better. Under DeLissio's tutelage, students learn how to best taste wine, how to bring out an individual wine's character, and how to distinguish a good from a bad wine. One of DeLissio's useful accomplishments is to explicate the arcane abbreviations used in wine auction catalogs to describe the condition of antique and rare bottlings. DeLissio also takes care to introduce readers to the emerging wine industries of Chile, Australia, and South Africa, whose unfamiliar bottlings currently provide outstanding values. --Mark Knoblauch

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