Wine For Dummies

Wine For Dummies

Ed McCarthy

Language: English

Pages: 432

ISBN: 1118288726

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The #1 wine book—now updated!

The art of winemaking may be a time-honored tradition dating back thousands of years, but today, wine is trendier and hotter than ever. Now, wine experts and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan have revised their popular Wine For Dummies to deliver an updated, down-to-earth look at what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine.

Wine enthusiasts and novices, raise your glasses! The #1 wine book has been updated! If you're a connoisseur, Wine For Dummies will get you up to speed on what's in and help you take your hobby to the next level. If you're new to the world of wine, it will clue you in on what you've been missing and show you how to get started. It begins with the basic types of wine, how wines are made, and more. Then it gets down to specifics, like navigating restaurant wine lists, deciphering wine labels, dislodging stubborn corks, and so much more.

  • Includes updated information on wine regions throughout the world, including the changes that have taken place in Chile, Argentina, parts of Eastern Europe, the Mt. Etna region in Sicily, among other wine regions in Italy and California's Sonoma Coast
  • Covers what's happening in the "Old World" of wine, including France, Italy, and Spain, and gets you up-to-speed on what's hot (and what's not) in the "New World" of Wine, including the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand
  • Features updated vintage charts and price guidelines
  • Covers wine bloggers and the use of smartphone apps

Wine For Dummies is not just a great resource and reference, it's a good read. It's full-bodied, yet, yet crisp...robust, yet refreshing....















Tasmania, an island south of Victoria, has some cool microclimates where producers such as Pipers Brook are proving what potential exists for delicate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and sparkling wines. The Rise of New Zealand The history of fine winemaking in New Zealand is relatively short, having been hampered by conservative attitudes towards alcohol. In the 1980s, New Zealand finally began capitalizing on its maritime climate, ideal for producing high-quality wines, and started planting grapes

genuinely welcomed at the wineries. The cool Anderson Valley in Mendocino County is ideal for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling, and for the production of sparkling wine. The wily Louis Roederer Champagne house bypassed Napa and Sonoma to start its sparkling wine operation here and has done extremely well in a short time — as have Scharffenberger and Handley, two other successful sparkling wine producers in Anderson Valley (see Chapter 14 for more sparkling wine

Sauternes in the following list range from outstanding to good. (Wines specifically from Barsac are labeled as such.) In Sauternes, vintages are just as important as in the rest of Bordeaux; check our vintage recommendations in Appendix C. Outstanding ߜ Château d’Yquem: Can last for 100 years or more ߜ Château de Fargues: Owned by d’Yquem; almost as good as d’Yquem, at one-third the price ($100) 23_045795 ch15.qxp 8/22/06 8:42 PM Page 305 Chapter 15: Fortified and Dessert Wines 305 ߜ

Wine Companion. $119/year. ߜ Piedmont Report ( Antonio Galloni, a Piedmontese wine lover, publishes a quarterly newsletter on his favorite Italian wine region, with special emphasis on Barolo and Barbaresco. $60/year. ߜ ( Here you can look up descriptions and ratings of just about any wine that The Wine Spectator magazine has ever reviewed. You also can find articles that have appeared in the magazine, menus pairing food and

Of course you do! Fortunately, the wines that exhibit such smells are not the wines you’ll be drinking for the most part — at least not unless you really catch the wine bug. And when you do catch the wine bug, you may discover that those aromas, in the right wine, can really be a kick. Even if you don’t learn to enjoy those smells (some of us do, honest!), you’ll appreciate them as typical characteristics of certain regions or grapes. Then there are the bad smells that nobody will try to

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