1000 Best Wine Secrets
What is the appropriate way to taste wine at a restaurant? What type of wine is best served with catfish? 1000 Best Wine Secrets contains all the information novice wine drinkers and experienced connoisseurs alike need to feel comfortable in any restaurant, home or vineyard.
1000 Best Wine Secrets is the book for readers seeking the confidence to select and enjoy the perfect bottle from among the wines of the world.
Includes such tips as:
--Secrets of buying great wine
--Detecting faulty wine and sending it back
--Serving wine like a pro
--Wine tips from around the globe--from Argentina to France and Spain to California
--Knowing when to drink wine
The founder of Wine Tribune, Hammond offers a massive number of breezy oeneophile tips in a compact package. She begins simply, covering basics such as reading labels, food pairings and the logistics of ordering wine in a restaurant. The bulk of the book is devoted to regional styles, and there it really excels. Not only does Hammond cover France, Italy and Spain, she also offers insight into wines from Argentina, the Mediterranean and Switzerland, as well as the intricate classification of "growths" in Bordeaux and the Italian "Supertuscans," in an easy-to-follow manner. Regional varietals are discussed in detail and recommendations are offered for wines from particular purveyors, often taking budget into account. The format lends itself to reading in small doses, and the overall result is an insightful guide to the world of wine that keeps in mind the novice as well as the experienced wine drinker.
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October 11, 2006
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Excerpt from 1000 Best Wine Secrets by Carolyn Hammond
Selecting That Perfect Bottle
The best way to buy great wine is to know what you're looking for, and to be able to put it into words--whether you're talking with a merchant or a sommelier. It's easier to find an unoaked crisp white wine with restrained flavors of green apple than a fabulous dry white. The latter means a dozen different things to a dozen people, so the odds of being perfectly pleased are slim.
I cannot stress enough the importance of personal taste when choosing wine. The first chapter of this book reveals secrets to help you pinpoint your preferences, which are the foundation stones for much of the rest of this book. From there, you'll learn secrets of ordering wine in a restaurant, pairing food and wine, knowing when to drink it, and deciphering labels. These are the touchstones to selecting and appreciating that perfect bottle.