Author(s): Katherine Cole
Image led guide to all the world's most important wines and regions. Easy text makes you an overnight expert. From the beginner to the person who may already have one wine book. The bulk of the book is an attractive, breezy entertaining look at the world's seventy five most prominent wine regions and styles, packed with mnemonic devices and colourful photos that help retain information. Get to know the key things in the area and you are more likely to know understand and remember the wines. Other sections include "Learn the Lingo", "Just get to know this short selection of terms related to wine and its appreciation and you'll be talking like a pro". The "Embrace the Unknown" chapter takes you 'to meet the unsung regions and unknown grape varieties that will be tomorrow's superstars'. There is a section on Choosing Your Own wine adventure -who said wine education must begin with Marlborough or the Barossa or even Bordeaux? This exploration tool guides you to your personal jumping-off point: the style and region that best fit your needs and interests. Another section has clear charts showing which wine to have when at what occasion and season and with what food. You are also taught what wine nonsense to avoid, how to be open-minded and what questions to ask the wine waiter. Most of all this energetic, fun book will be appreciated by all who love wine and there will be very few people indeed who cannot learn a few enjoyable things from this fact packed book.
Katherine Cole is the author of Complete Wine Selector and Voodoo Vintners, the latter a Louis Roederer Award finalist. The longtime wine columnist at The Oregonian newspaper, she has written for many national and international publications, including Wine Spectator, and created Oregon Wine, the App. She lives in Portland, Oregon.