THE MOST COMPLETE WINE BOOK EVER. A must for anyone who loves wine, whether they are a pro or an amateur. Thorough, authoritative, and entertaining. (Robert Mondavi, founder and chairman emeritus of the Robert Mondavi Family of Wines)
“The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject.” (Danny Meyer, co-author of The Union Square Cafe Cookbook)
The essentials: The romance and intrigue of Burgundy of sauvignon blanc and the surprising elegance of Spain’s top Riojas. Italy, one of wine’s most enchanting and ancient homelands. What makes a great wine great? The reason behind Champagne’s bubbles. The precise and food-friendly wines of Germany. California, wine’s Camelot. The lip-smackingly good wines of Australia. The complexities of Port revealed. How a vineyard profoundly affects a wine’s character.
Plus, matching wine with food – and mood. The secrets of professional wine tasters and how to expand your wine-tasting vocabulary. And everything else you need to know to buy, store, serve, and enjoy the world’s most captivating beverage.
Think of this book as a lively course from an expert teacher, grounded deeply in the fundamentals and enriched with passionate asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, illustrations, maps, wine labels – everything, in fact, but the actual wine itself. By America’s renowned wine teacher and authority.
“A dazzling, comprehensive, modern guide to wine, free of elitism and pedantry. This thoroughly successful work sets a new standard and makes wine more accessible and user-friendly than it has ever been before.” (Anthony Dias Blue, wine and spirits editor, Bon Appetit)
About the Author
Karen MacNeil is the only U.S. winner of every major wine award in the English language, including the James Beard Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year (2004). She is the host of Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil (PBS nationally); a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, andTown & Country; and chairman emeritus of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. As a consultant, Karen creates wine seminars for corporate clients, including Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, and GE. She lives in St. Helena, California, and online at karenmacneil.com.
- Hardcover: 910 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Edition edition (February 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563054345
- ISBN-13: 978-1563054341
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds