- Flexibler Einband: 310 Seiten
- Verlag: Sterling Publ Co Inc (7. Januar 2015)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1402763417
- ISBN-13: 978-1402763410
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 14 x 19 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 800.356 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Buy the Right Wine Every Time: The No-Fuss, No-Vintage Wine Guide (Englisch) Flexibler Einband – 7. Januar 2015
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..".. recommendations on each wine profile are an especially helpful and fun feature ... Overall, this is a well-designed, accessible volume that will encourage wine drinkers who are stuck in a rut to try something new." --"Library Journal"
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Tom Stevenson has been writing about wine for more than 30 years, and is considered the world's leading authority on Champagne. He has written 23 books, the most important of which have been published internationally by more than 50 publishers and translated into over 25 languages. In 1986, his "Champagne" (Wilson, Philip Publishers, Limited) became the first wine book to win four literary awards, establishing Stevenson's reputation as a fastidious researcher and a critic bold enough to take on the establishment.
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Neither was the case with Stevenson’s book as he, as stated on page V of the forward, only selected “branded” wines to focus on as “A Branded wine should be consistent by definition.” That made me think of a couple of wines that I’ve bought consistently through the years as the winemaker has found a way to nearly duplicate the taste no matter what happened in the fields. I quickly thumbed through the edition and found what I was thinking of: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (page 149) for one and an early starter wine for me, Fetzer Sundial Chardonnay (page 103).
I decided to read the book as leafing would not do. Some general observations right off that bat were that I dug are the photographed color labels to help people recognize a wine quickly, color-coded headings like pale green for some whites and red for reds, and the wines were listed alphabetically by winery name.
Then, as you read, you will find that Stevenson has detailed each of his selections with further facts. For every single wine he includes four subheadings: “What is it?” “What does it taste like?” “If you like this then try with confidence…” and “Try something completely different.”
I liked this section as every single wine has a little information – such as what grapes were used, a description of the wine, what growing area and/or how much time in oak, what it will taste like, and others you would like if you like this wine, etc.
At the end of the book is a short section called, “The 20 most useful wine tips.” Readers are told up front that it’s up to them to use this section – and only if they feel the need or interest in learning more. The 20 facts are basic, logical and understandable.
My own conclusion, while I admit to buying the Kim Crawford this way I don’t buy my wine based on generic branding. However, for the wine 101er, or someone that is limited to grocery stores, or on a tight wine budget – there is nothing wrong with the idea. In fact, I kind of liked not only the simplicity, but the fact that this is not a wine book that will be obsolete any time soon.
He's written this book for those new to wine. I wish I'd had access to such a book when I was a newbie, some 35 years ago. It appeals to anyone who needs some wine competency but doesn't have the time or inclination to pursue it as a hobby. I don't know such people, but I hear they exist in large numbers and that some of them are actually quite pleasant to be around.
Be sure not to miss the back section of the book, wherein Tom provides his '20 most useful wine tips'. He's not kidding, these are useful tips. If you're new to wine, learn these 20 tips and you'll know more about wine than most people ever will. (Cautionary note: Don't be too eager to show off your new-found skills. The world of wine is a never-ending warren of curiosity, with new questions that arise at every turn. A single lifetime is insufficient to learn all the twists and turns. And believe me, if you have a healthy dose of insatiable curiosity, you'll find Tom's 20 tips as nothing more than a good start. Good on ya!)
Another great feature is the wines are popular selections where you can find them almost everywhere I bought a wine guide and many of the wines are so specialized they don't have them near where I live. Unless you are a wine connoisseur, you will fine this book very very useful.