Sommelier's Guide to Wine: Everything You Need to Know for Selecting, Serving, and Savoring Wine like the Experts

Sommelier's Guide to Wine: Everything You Need to Know for Selecting, Serving, and Savoring Wine like the Experts

by Brian H. Smith


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This updated and revised edition is the essential guide for aspiring wine connoisseurs who are seeking the knowledge and confidence of a C.I.A. wine professional.

Written by a leading wine educator from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America, The Sommelier's Guide to Wine is an engaging, in-depth introduction to the often-intimidating world of wine.

This fully updated guide provides a basic text for wine aficionados. Created in a handy size and format, it gives wine lovers the confidence and savvy to navigate the wine list in a restaurant or the aisles of the local wine store. Foodies, wine expert wannabes, wait staff, and wine lovers alike can learn how to present, serve, drink, and store wine just like a sommelier. The guidebook explains different wine styles, grape types, wine regions, and includes tips on how to properly pair wines with specific foods. Learn about all the new wine trends, too.

It's the perfect introduction to the complex world of wines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579127763
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/10/2008
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,162,961
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Born in London, Brian H. Smith was educated and worked in the wine trade in England before moving to the United States. He has taught and lectured extensively here and abroad, and for the past 15 years has been one of the leading wine educators at the renowned Culinary Institute of America. He is the co-author of Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Complete Guide to Wines of the World (2001). He lives in Kingston, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction     8
The World of Wine     11
What Wine Is     11
How to Taste     17
Wines by Grape Type     27
What's in a Name?     41
Reading the Label     60
Areas of Production     67
United States of America     72
Australia     84
New Zealand     88
South Africa     90
Chile     92
Argentina     93
France     94
Italy     123
Spain     134
Portugal     143
Germany     152
Austria     160
In the Restaurant     161
Ordering Wine     163
Wine List Organization     165
Serving Savvy     176
Food & Wine     193
Traditional Approach     194
Alternative Guiding Principles     196
What Not to Do     205
From the Store Back to Your Place     207
Buying Bottles     207
Drink Now or Savor Later?     218
Vintage Chart     224
Index     229

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