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Wine All-in-One For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-55542-2
696 pages
August 2009
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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.

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Book I: Understanding Wine.

Chapter 1: From Vine to Bottle: The Hows and Wines.

Chapter 2: Getting Familiar with Wine Tastes and Names.

Chapter 3: Buying Wine.

Chapter 4: Getting the Cork Out (And All That Comes After): Serving Wine.

Chapter 5: For Slurps and Gurgles: Tasting and Describing Wine.

Chapter 6: Pairing Food and Wine.

Chapter 7: Ordering Wine When You’re Dining Out.

Chapter 8: The Urge to Own: Collecting Wine.

Book II: France: A Wine Superstar.

Chapter 1: French Wine Today.

Chapter 2: Exploring Bordeaux’s Range.

Chapter 3: Burgundy, Queen of France.

Chapter 4: Beaujolais, the Fun Red.

Chapter 5: Robust Rhône Reds and Unique Whites.

Chapter 6: Champagne: The World’s Greatest Sparkling Wine.

Chapter 7: Other Wine Regions of France.

Book III: Italy: Small but Mighty.

Chapter 1: The Big Picture of Italian Wine.

Chapter 2: Perusing Piedmont’s Wines.

Chapter 3: Finding Sparkling Wines and More in North-Central Italy.

Chapter 4: Northeastern Italy: Where Whites Rule.

Chapter 5: Tuscany: Checking Out Chianti and Other Tuscan Reds.

Chapter 6: Getting Acquainted with Central Italy’s Wines.

Chapter 7: Southern Italy: “The Land of Wine”.

Chapter 8: Sicily and Sardinia: Focusing on Quality.

Book IV: California and Elsewhere in North America.

Chapter 1: Introducing California Wines.

Chapter 2: California’s Major Wine Regions: An Overview.

Chapter 3: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sparkling Wines.

Chapter 4: California’s Standout Red Wines.

Chapter 5: Major Wine Regions in the Rest of North America.

Book V: Australia and New Zealand: Powerhouses of the Southern Hemisphere.

Chapter 1: Australian and New Zealand Wines: A Success Story.

Chapter 2: New South Wales: Home to Established Wineries and Upstarts.

Chapter 3: Taking In the Diverse Range of Wines from Victoria and Tasmania.

Chapter 4: The Wine Regions of South and South West Australia.

Chapter 5: New Zealand’s Islands and Their Wines.

Book VI: And More Wine Regions!

Chapter 1: Intriguing Wines from Old Spain.

Chapter 2: Portugal: Port Wine and Beyond.

Chapter 3: Finding Little-Known Treasures in Greece.

Chapter 4: A Sampling of Wines from Germany, Austria, and Hungary.

Chapter 5: From South America to South Africa: Rounding Out the Top Wine Nations.


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Ed McCarthy, CWE, is a wine columnist for WineReviewOnline.com and for Beverage Media. Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, is President of the International Wine Center in New York. Maryann Egan is the wine writer for donna hay magazine, a leading food magazine in Australia, and is a regular contributor to the Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine.

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