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Windows on the World complete wine course
Zraly, Kevin.
Personal Author:
Updated edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [1990]

Physical Description:
185 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Label mounted on jacket : "1991 edition".
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TP548 .Z73 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

This latest edition of Zraly's wine primer takes into account the most recent vintages and the newest wines to appear in the American marketplace. Zraly continues to be one of the country's leading wine advocates and one of its most gifted teachers, his enthusiasm for his subject shining on every page. Steering clear of wine snobbery, Zraly leads the neophyte gracefully through convoluted territory. In addition to wines from Europe and California, Zraly talks about Australia's contribution, which now supplies the U.S. with its best-selling imported wine. He also rates Argentine and Chilean wines, whose quality has come to rival California's finest products. The bulk of Zraly's text dwells on the classic French wines of Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, and Alsace, whose historical complexities and specialized terminologies generate the mystique that endows these wines with perennial allure. The book's layout and its use of multiple sidebars on every page help pack an amazing amount of both practical information and entertaining details between the covers. --Mark Knoblauch Copyright 2005 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Picking out a wine book, either for yourself or as a gift, can be almost as daunting as the wine list itself. Kevin Zraly, founder of the Windows on the World Wine School, knows this, and his newly-updated twentieth anniversary edition is as indispensable as the corkscrew. Zraly starts small, with an overview of developments in the wine industry since the book?s last publication, and then covers the basics of fermentation, important wine regions and how to taste wine. What really sets the book apart from its peers is Zraly?s patience with the reader. The book is peppered with questions ranging from ?How long should I keep a Beaujolais?? to strategies on creating and stocking a wine cellar. Quirky quotes, anecdotes and cocktail party trivia are scattered throughout the book?s margins. The result is an eminently readable book that manages to teach while it entertains. Through it all, Zraly remains down-to-earth and free of the snootiness many newcomers associate with the daunting world of wine. Wine experts may find this book lacking, though, and might be better served by a more exhaustive, encyclopedic book, as Zraly focuses on French and domestic wine at the expense of Italian, Spanish and Australian brands. (Including Yellow Tail, an Australian wine that, according to Zraly, is the top-selling imported wine.) Still, this is an excellent introduction to the world of wine and should be warmly received by those looking for a well-structured and informative book on the subject. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Because of its textbook format, novices and seasoned wine tasters will find this 25th-anniversary edition of the best-selling wine guide extraordinarily useful. Although Zraly has written the chapters (called classes) to instruct new wine enthusiasts, they are complete enough to enhance the knowledge of longtime aficionados. While covering classic wine regions (France, Italy, and California) of the world, Zraly has also added six new sections and expanded coverage of wine-producing countries, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Chile, that have gained world recognition over the past quarter century. Each chapter/class is followed by two pages of questions that cover the material presented in the chapter. Recommended examples of each varietal are generously dispersed throughout the book, including reproductions of their labels. VERDICT The casual browser will find fascinating trivia and facts about wine in numerous sidebars, but may not be able to resist becoming involved in the main text, making this difficult to put down. Highly recommended for all wine connoisseurs. (Index not seen.)-Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Prep., San Jose, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.