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Complete wine selector : how to choose the right wine every time
Cole, Katherine, author.
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Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2013.

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256 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 26 cm
A new and remarkably easy way to choose and enjoy wine.
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"Editor: Neil Beckett"--Preliminary page.

Includes index.
The wine styles -- Buying wine -- Serving and drinking wine -- The world of wine made simple -- Rules to remember.
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A new and remarkably easy way to choose and enjoy wine.

Complete Wine Selector aims to remove the fear and restore the fun and confidence in buying and enjoying wine. Presented in a compellingly original, visual "info-bites" format, it strips away wine's intimidating facade to convey all the information needed in a truly helpful way. Wine drinkers will be able to choose wine in any setting with complete confidence.

Complete Wine Selector presents information in a simple step-by-step sequence. Colorful visuals and pithy text, casebook examples and tutored tasting master classes progress to the practical mechanics of how to pick from a wine list, buy the right bottle for the right price, and serve it with confidence.

The book's features include:

Introduction to Wine Styles -- How to determine your top 10 preferred wine styles Buying Wine -- How to find and buy the 10 wine styles from supermarkets, specialist wine shops, internet retailers, and at auction The Greatest Wine Shops -- 20 best wine shops in Europe, the USA, Australia & New Zealand, and Asia Restaurant Wine Lists -- Expert advice from sommeliers on how to use a wine list, what to look for, choices by cuisine, plus Q and As Do Vintages Matter? -- 10 top sommeliers and chefs reveal their favorite matches in style terms Storing Wine -- Top 10 dos and don'ts, wine cellars, wine fridges Tools of the Trade -- Wine accessories, tips on opening, decanting, pouring and serving; glasses and serving temperature for 10 wine styles; the 10 most common wine faults; a host's checklist The World of Wine Made Simple -- Visually arresting, easy-to-read charts for an at-a-glance guide to how red, white, sparkling and fortified wines are made; vineyard years Rules to Remember -- Easy-to-read graphical reminders summarize the most important points for easy reference.

Packed with expert advice from some of the world's best sommeliers and winemakers, and using vivid, content-rich layouts and graphics, Complete Wine Selector is a new classic guide for a new generation of wine drinkers. Older (and still anxious) wine drinkers will benefit too!

Author Notes

Katherine Cole writes about wine for The Oregonian newspaper, MIX magazine and numerous national publications. She has degrees from Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has studied with the International Sommelier Guild and taught journalism at Portland State University. Her book, Voodoo Vintners , was nominated for International Wine Book of the Year at the 2012 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Library Journal Review

Buying wine can be a bewildering act for many. Cole (Voodoo Vintners: Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers), a veteran wine writer for the Oregonian since 2002, has written a guide to make this common purchase a pleasure for even the novice wine buyer. She starts by providing the basics for each style of wine, discussing each wine's taste, how it is made, its origins, food pairings, and advice for those looking to buy. Cole's narrative is easy and accessible; readers will feel as though they've got a close friend beside them as they enter the wine aisle. Sprinkled throughout this simple and colorful volume are tidbits, such as how to read a wine label or what different shades of wine mean. Cole also includes information on how to serve and store wine and where to find the best wine shops. Verdict This book is highly recommended for any wine lover, from the novice to the seasoned connoisseur.-Ginny Wolter, Toledo-Lucas Cty. P.L. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Foreword Every ten years--or is it every five, or every two?--a new book appears that claims to banish the cobwebs, cut the pomposity, shed new light and simplify the whole archaic business of wine. My publisher made the claim for me in 1966. Many of us make the attempt, but the stubborn fact remains: Wine is a complicated subject, inherently and irredeemably complicated. It's not alone. The World Cup, The World Series, Formula One, Horse Racing and, for that matter, pop music are all complicated if you are into more than the headlines. The dilemma with wine? It's meant to be jolly fun, delicious, go well with food, give you the holiday feeling. Surely all this can be done without anything as heavy as facts. Well, no. Not if you want more than just a cheerful swallow and a light head. True, there is industrial wine, which is as simple as it is boring and unsatisfying. But the authentic stuff, made by individuals in their own vineyards with such inconveniences as the weather to deal with, is as various and as variable as, well, individuals, vineyards and weather. It was when I was just finishing the huge research project that was my Wine Companion , back in 1983, that I looked around for a shortcut for readers through the thousands of entries. I divided wine into 10 different styles. I grouped light aromatic whites...through to rich sweet reds. It was helpful then, I think, even as a sketch of an idea. It has taken 30 years, it seems, to find a writer to adopt it wholeheartedly and breathe life into it. Wherever she found the idea, Katherine Cole has done precisely this-- thoroughly, graphically, and I think extremely helpfully. But she has gone much further. She builds a whole wine primer around the structure of wine flavors and weights, relates them to food and mood, and gives specific examples ranging from deluxe to budget. As you read, learn from her practical experience and reach her masterclasses, where you will suddenly find the complexities fascinating after all. The cobwebs have gone. The glass in your hand shines brighter and more enticingly than ever. Hugh Johnson Excerpted from Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time by Katherine Cole All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.