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....





















sur-passed Cabernet Sauvignon as New Zealand’s most planted red variety. New Zealand Pinot Noirs vary in taste from region to region; the wines of Martinborough, for example, are a bit more savory and minerally than those of Marlborough, which tend to be soft and fruity. In time, as the producers of each region refine their styles, the regional differences should become more evident. In the central part of the South Island, Central Otago, home of the world’s most southerly grapevines, has

vines was more diverse; for example, many vines were brought over by the vast numbers of Italian and Basque immigrants. As a result, Argentina boasts grape varieties such as Bonarda and Malbec that are insignificant in Chile. Regions and grapes Argentina’s wine regions are situated mainly in the western part of the country, where the Andes Mountains divide Argentina from Chile. High altitude tempers the climate, but the vineyards are still very warm by day, cool by night, and desert dry. Rivers

general, you can obtain younger wines at better prices elsewhere.) At auctions, you can buy wines that are practically impossible to obtain any other way. Many of these wines have been off the market for years — sometimes decades! The main disadvantage of buying wine at auction is that you don’t always know the storage history — or provenance — of the wine you’re considering buying. The wine may have been stored in somebody’s warm apartment for years. And if the wine does come from a reputable

too cozy a relationship in the wine field. Many wine instructors, such as distributor salespeople or winery reps, have a vested interest in the brands of wine that they offer as tasting samples in class. As long as the instructor has expertise beyond his or her own brands, you can still benefit from the instruction. But you should request disclosure of any commercial affiliations at the first class. And when possible, consider taking classes from independent instructors instead. One wine school

making of the wine, called vinification. (In some wine courses, students nickname the dual process viti-vini. ) Sometimes one company performs both steps, as is the case with estate-bottled wines (see Chapter 4). And sometimes the two steps are completely separate. For example, some large wineries buy grapes from private grape growers. These growers don’t make wine; they just grow grapes and sell them to whatever wine company offers them the highest price per ton. In the case of the very

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