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Buy, order, and enjoy the best of French wine with ease You no longer have to be confused or intimidated by French wine. Sip and savor the best — and best value — Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and other delicious wines with this handy guide. Open the book and find: Pronunciation guide to French wine names The best wines from the high-profile regions The types of grapes used in popular wines Top French wine values
Wine enthusiasts and novices, raise your glasses! The #1 wine book has been extensively updated! If you’re a connoisseur, Wine For Dummies, Fourth Edition will get you up to speed on what’s in and show you how to 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: How to handle snooty wine clerks, navigate restaurant wine lists, decipher cryptic wine labels, and dislodge stubborn corks How to sniff and taste wine How to store and pour wine and pair it with food Four white wine styles: fresh, unoaked; earthy; aromatic; rich, oaky Four red wine styles: soft, fruity, and relatively light-bodied; mild-mannered, medium-bodied; spicy; powerful, full-bodied, and tannic What’s happening in the “Old World” of wine, including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, and Greece What’s how (and what’s not) in the New World of Wine, including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa U.S. wines from California, Oregon, Washington, and New York Bubbling beauties and medieval sweets: champagne, sparkling wines, sherry, port, and other exotic dessert wines Authors Ed McCarthy, CWE, who is a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Journal and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, who owns the International Wine Center in New York, have co-authored six wine books in the For Dummies series. In an easy-to-understand, unpretentious style that’s as refreshing as a glass of Chardonnay on a summer day, they provide practical information to help you enjoy wine, including: Real Deal symbols that alert you to good wines that are low in price compared to other wines of similar type, style, or quality A Vintage Wine Chart with specifics on numerous wines Info on ordering wine from out of state, collecting wine, and more Wine For D
Wine For Dummies, 4e includes new information on all the emerging wine regions, such as Argentina, Greece, and Chile, as well as additions and changes to other country's new wines, such as those of France and Italy. Wine For Dummies, 4E also shares with readers entirely new recommendations for the best red and wine wines in the market.If you re a connoisseur, then this edition will get you up to speed on what s in and show you how to 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. · Wine 101 · These Taste Buds Are for You · Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties · Wine Names and Label Lingo · Behind the Scenes of Winemaking · Navigating a Wine Shop · Confronting a Restaurant Wine List · The Insider s Track to Serving and Using Wine · Doing France · Italy, the Heartland of Vino · Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Beyond · The Southern Hemisphere Arises · America, America · Champagne and Other Sparklers · Wine Roads Less Traveled Fortified and Dessert Wines · Buying and Collecting Wine · Continuing Education for Wine Lovers · Describing and Rating Wine · Marrying Wine with Food · Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine · Ten Wine Myths Demystified
"A must-have book for anyone who is serious about Italian wines." —Lidia Bastianich, host of PBS?s Lidia's Italian Table "I have yet to encounter more knowledgeable guides to...Italian wine." —Piero Antinori, President, Antinori Wines "Bravo to Ed and Mary! This book shows their love for Italy, the Italian producers, and the great marriage of local foods with local wines. Here is a great book that presents the information without intimidation." —Piero Selvaggio, VALENTINO Restaurant Right now, Italy is the most exciting wine country on earth. The quality of Italian wines has never been higher and the range of wines has never been broader. Even better, the types of Italian wines available outside of Italy have never been greater. But with all these new Italian wines and wine zones not to mention all the obscure grape varieties, complicate blends, strange names and restrictive wine laws. Italian wines are also about he most challenging of all to master. The time has come for comprehensive, up-to-date guides to Italian wines. Authored by certified wine educators and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Italian Wine For Dummies introduces you to the delectable world of fine Italian wine. It shows you how to: Translate wine labels Identify great wine bargains Develop your own wine tastes Match Italian wines with foods Here's everything you need to know to enjoy the best Tuscans, Sicilians, Abruzzese and other delicious Italian wines. This lighthearted and informative guide explores: The styles of wine made in Italy and the major grape varieties used to make them How the Italian name their wines, the complicated laws governing how names are given and the meanings of common label terminology Italy's important wine regions including a region-by-region survey of the best vineyards and their products A guide to pronouncing Italian wine terms and names and how to order Italian wines in restaurants For Italians, wine (vino) is food (alimentari) and food is love (a
Discover the nuances of California wines and increase your drinking pleasure Want to be a California wine connoisseur? This friendly guide gives you the knowledge you need to appreciate these fine wines, showing you how to taste them, select a good bottle, pair wine with food, and much more. You'll see why certain wine regions are renowned and how to further enrich your wine-drinking experience. California wine 101 — understand the range of California wines, what makes them unique, and what a varietal wine is Review the regions — explore the major wine regions of California and what makes each one special, from the soil to the climate Open the bottle — become fluent in the Big Six: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel Go beyond the basics — appreciate Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Syrah, sparkling wines, and more Round out your wine experience — pair and share wines, learn about the proper glassware and serving temperatures, and prepare for a winery visit Open the book and find: An overview of California wine today Wine recommendations for all budgets Explanations of wine label language A map of wine regions Tips for aging and collecting California wines Winery tasting etiquette The ins and outs of recent vintages Top wine country travel destinations
Offers tips for creating perfect wine and food pairings, addressing the science behind pairings, how wine reacts with different foods, selecting wine for special occasions, and how the size of a glass affects a wine's taste.
An all-inclusive, easy-to-use primer to all things wine Want to learn about wine, but don't know where to start? Wine All-In-One For Dummies provides comprehensive information about the basics of wine in one easy-to-understand volume. Combining the bestselling Wine For Dummies with our regional and specific wine titles, this book gives you the guidance you need to understand, purchase, drink and enjoy wine. You'll start at the beginning as you discover how wine is made. From there you'll explore grape varieties and vineyards, read labels and wine lists, and discover all the nuances of tasting wine. You'll see how to successfully store wine and serve it to your guests-and even build up an impressive collection of wine. Plus, you'll find suggestions for perfect food pairings and complete coverage on wines from around the world. Features wine tasting, serving, storing, collecting, and buying tips, all in a single authoritative volume Includes information on California wines, as well as other domestic and foreign locations including the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. Helps you choose the best vintage for your needs Also covers champagne, sherry, and port wine Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan are the authors of seven Dummies books on wine including the bestselling Wine For Dummies, 4th Edition, other contributing authors are recognized wine experts and journalists in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada Whether you're a wine novice or a budding sommelier, Wine All-In-One For Dummies is the one guide you need on your shelf to make your wine experience complete.
How can the same grapes make two different wines? Can you tell what a wine tastes like by reading the label? By understanding wine, you can drink better wine. In grocery stores, liquor stores, and at the vineyard, the key to picking a tasty wine is knowing how the wine was made—not by looking at the price. Even the glass you drink wine out of can enhance the experience. With some basic guidance, being a wine connoisseur is as easy as knowing what you like. Canadian Wine For Dummies is for everyone from beginning wine drinkers who need a friendly primer on wine to experienced wine tasters who want a thorough introduction to the diverse variety of wines produced in Canadian. This is the perfect guide if you’re interested in: Entertaining at home Collecting wine Cooking with wine Touring Canadian vineyards Impressing your friends Explore all the factors that influence a wine 212;from the soil the grapes grow in to the winemaking process—and understand how to decipher this information from the label. Navigate any restaurant’s wine list and order the best tasting and priced bottle. Serve the perfect wine to complement the food your serving. This friendly guide helps you do these things and more: Introduce your friends to Icewine Happily marry food and wine at your wedding Purchase wine online from private shops Properly taste and describe any wine Organize wine tastings Know when to send back a bottle of wine Tired of relying on other people’s wine choices? Want to discover a vast country of delicious wines? There are many, many reasons to explore the world of Canadian wines. No matter what the reason, the experience you take away from delving into the savory world of Canadian wines will make itself useful the rest of your life.
If you're interested in expanding your wine horizons to include the reds, such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, or Cabernet, Red Wine For Dummies will help you through the maze of red wines. Wine connoisseurs Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan have tasted their way through the wine-growing regions of Northern California and France (as well as Oregon, Washington, New York, Australia, South America, and South Africa). The result of their ventures is a handy guide featuring more than 1,000 red wine recommendations, tips to help you pair red wine with food, a complete glossary of wine jargon, and a helpful wine vintage chart. You won't want to explore the world of red wine without this handy reference at your fingertips.
“Whether you are an avid collector or wine novice, this book offers an extensive resource in an accessible format.” —Charlie Trotter, Acclaimed Chef and Award-Winning Author “This book is an invitation to discover the bountiful wine regions, each different from one another, and is an homage to the beauty and uniqueness of the delicious wines they produced.” —Georges Duboeuf, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf “The diversity of French wine is one of its attractions, but it can seem perplexing...until you pick up this marvelous guide. The route is well -marked, easy-to-follow, and the destinations are delicious.” —Kermit Lynch, Wine Merchant and author, Adventures on the Wine Route “...Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan lead us by the hand down the road of adventure to discover the wines of France that they know so well.... In their relaxed, wise, and mischievous way, they show us the joy and pleasure of drinking French wine.” —Prince Alain de Polignac, Winemaker, Champagne Pommery You no longer need to be confused or intimidated by French wine. Authored by certified wine educators and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, French Wine For Dummies introduces you to the delicious world of fine French wine. Among other things, you’ll discover how to: Translate wine labels Identify great wine bargains Develop your own wine tastes Match French wines with foods Here’s everything you need to know to sip and savor the best—and the best-value—Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Alsace, and other delicious wines. This lighthearted and informative guide covers: The story of French wine and how it came to dominate the wine world How the French name and label their wines and why France’s most important wine regions—including a region-by-region survey of the best vineyards and their products France’s other wine regions, including Champagne, Alsace, the Loire Valley, and others So pour yourself a big glass of Beaujolais Nouveau, sit back, and enjoy th
An informative, fun guide to making your own wine It's estimated that one million North Americans make their own wine. Relatively inexpensive to make (a homemade bottle costs from $2 to $4), a bottle with your own label (and grapes) is a fantasy even someone with modest aspirations can fulfill. Author Tim Patterson, an award-winning home winemaker, shows how it's possible for anyone to create a great wine. In Home Winemaking For Dummies, he discusses the art of winemaking from grape to bottle, including how to get the best grapes (and figure out how many you need); determine what equipment is required; select the right yeast and figure out if any other additives are needed; and store, age, and test wine. With detailed tips on creating many varieties -- from bold reds and demure whites to enchanting rosés and delightful sparkling wines -- this guide is your ultimate winemaking resource.
The great thing about buying wine is that you have so many vintages and so many labels to choose from. However, this multitude of choices is also daunting -- and risky, too, when you consider the expense that is sometimes involved. Fortunately, Wine Buying Companion For Dummies comes to the rescue with concise evaluations you can trust. Just as in their other wine guides, Red Wine For Dummies, White Wine For Dummies, and Wine For Dummies, authors and connoisseurs Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan talk about wine in terms that make sense and that really mean something. You'll find complete sentences -- not the poetic but abstract strings of adjectives you may find in many other wine guides. Take this handy guide with you whether you're purchasing wine from a supermarket, wine shop, tasting room, or even over the Internet. You'll be able to try out new wines and more than likely be pleasantly surprised for a change.
How to choose wines with confidence. Enhance your wine knowledge and enjoyment while sipping your way through Australian & New Zealand Wine For Dummies. In plain English, this book helps you appreciate the rich choice of wines produced in these two serious winemaking countries. Whether buying online, over the counter or across the cellar door, this friendly reference guide is your perfect companion. Discover how to: Find out about the wine regions of Australia and New Zealand Interpret wine labels Understand grape varieties Locate great wines Track down your favorite wines online Hone your own wine tastes
From the bestselling authors of Wine For Dummies, a different way to choose and enjoy wine Because the choices in a wine store or on a wine list can seem limitless or intimidating, wine drinkers often stick with what they know, such as Merlot, or go with the choice made by a wine critic or a waiter. This appealingly straightforward and unintimidating guide will help wine drinkers discover what they like and make informed choices. The authors identify 12 wine styles, or taste categories, including four for red wine and four for white wine. For each style, the authors detail how it tastes, where it comes from, grape varieties that are common for the style, and a few recommended wines. The style "Soft, Fruity Red Wines," for instance, includes U.S. Merlots, Beaujolais, Burgundies and other Pinot Noirs, and southern Italian reds, among other wines. Complete with tips on pairing wine with food and a pull-out wine wheel to help readers remember the styles, this is the refreshingly different book wine drinkers have been waiting for. Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Master of Wine, and Ed McCarthy, Certified Wine Instructor (New York, NY), are among the best-known, most widely respected wine experts in the United States. They have appeared frequently in the media, including on television's Food Network and CNNfn, and have written seven wine books in the For Dummies series.
A tasteful guide for California wine novices and connoisseurs alike California accounts for a large percentage of the total U.S. wine production -- about two of every three bottles sold. This handy guide presents the latest information on California wines and the regions where they are produced, including Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. Open the book and find: The areas where wine is produced in California Recommened wineries in Napa and Sonoma valleys An introduction to the wines south of San Francisco, including Monterey A glimpse into the wines of Santa Barbara and the rest of California
Includes wine picks for every region of Italy Italian wine is so much more than Chianti! Discover wonderful wine produced throughout Italy -- from Barolo to Montepulciano to up-and-coming Super Tuscans -- in this uniquely accessible, entertaining guide. Open the book and find: Discover the types of grapes used in popular wines Great wine bargains The differences among the major whites and the major reds How to match Italian wine with foods Open the book and find: Discover the types of grapes used in popular wines Great wine bargains The differences among the major whites and the major reds How to match Italian wine with foods
An accessible guide to selecting, cooking with, and makingcheese From a pungent Gorgonzola to the creamiest Brie, the world ofcheese involves a vocabulary of taste second only to wine. With the rise of artisanal cheeses, this once humble foodmade from curdled milk is now haute cuisine. And to make the newworld of cheese less intimidating, Laurel Miller and ThalassaSkinner have created a handy primer to selecting cheese, pairingcheese with wine, cooking with cheese, and making cheese. InCheese For Dummies, everyday cheese lovers will learn how tobecome true cheese connoisseurs. Not only will readers get a look at how different cheeses aremade around the world, in Cheese For Dummies, they'lldevelop enough of a palate to discern which cheese is right forthem. Explains how to assemble the perfect cheese plate Includes recipes for cooking with cheese Details how to make five cheeses, including Mozzarella, Chevre,and Ricotta Supplemented with a 16-page photo insert With artisanal and imported cheeses now common to mainstreamgrocery stores, the everyday cheese lover needs more than simplyhis nose to make the best choice. Offering wise (and delicious!)advice on every page, Cheese For Dummies is a guide foranyone interested in making every mealtime with cheese a specialoccasion.
A gold mine of information in one complete volume. The nation's third largest state, California offers a range of diverse attractions for any--and every--traveler, from families to couples looking for a romantic getaway. Jam-packed with everything visitors need to know, this accessible guidebook includes: Tips on getting around, from highwyas to airports Handy itineraries for families, outdoor enthusiasts, city lovers, and more Four-season coverage, from sunbathing at Venice Beach to skiing at Lake Tahoe Details on San Diego, Los Angeles & Disneyland, Palm Springs & Death Valley, San Francisco, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Wines & Redwoods country, and the scenic Pacific Coast, including Carmel and Santa Barbara
From Hollywood and Disneyland to San Francisco, Yosemite, and the Napa Valley, California offers and endless supply of vacation fun. From the L.A. nightlife to the natural wonders, from great restaurants to fun outdoor activities, this friendly guide covers it all: Great itineraries for Northern California, Southern California, and the whole state Complete coverage of all the natural wonders Entire sections on Disneyland and Yosemite National Park Wacky events from sandcastle building contests to the Jumping Frog Jubilee Like every For Dummies travel guide, California For Dummies includes: Down-to-earth trip-planning advice What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip The best restaurants and hotels for every budget Lots of detailed maps