Wine For Dummies, 4th Edition
- How to handle snooty wine clerks, navigate restaurant wine lists, decipher cryptic wine labels, and dislodge stubborn corks
- How to sniff and taste wine
- How to store and pour wine and pair it with food
- Four white wine styles: fresh, unoaked; earthy; aromatic; rich, oaky
- Four red wine styles: soft, fruity, and relatively light-bodied; mild-mannered, medium-bodied; spicy; powerful, full-bodied, and tannic
- What’s happening in the “Old World” of wine, including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, and Greece
- What’s how (and what’s not) in the New World of Wine, including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa
- U.S. wines from California, Oregon, Washington, and New York
- Bubbling beauties and medieval sweets: champagne, sparkling wines, sherry, port, and other exotic dessert wines
Authors Ed McCarthy, CWE, who is a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Journal and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, who owns the International Wine Center in New York, have co-authored six wine books in the For Dummies series. In an easy-to-understand, unpretentious style that’s as refreshing as a glass of Chardonnay on a summer day, they provide practical information to help you enjoy wine, including:
- Real Deal symbols that alert you to good wines that are low in price compared to other wines of similar type, style, or quality
- A Vintage Wine Chart with specifics on numerous wines
- Info on ordering wine from out of state, collecting wine, and more
Wine For Dummies, Fourth Edition is not just a great resource and reference, it’s a good read. It’s full-bodied, yet light…rich, yet crisp…robust, yet refreshing….
Part I: Getting to Know Wine.
Chapter 1: Wine 101.
Chapter 2: These Taste Buds Are for You.
Chapter 3: Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties.
Chapter 4: Wine Names and Label Lingo.
Chapter 5: Behind the Scenes of Winemaking.
Part II: Wine and You: Up Close and Personal.
Chapter 6: Navigating a Wine Shop.
Chapter 7: Confronting a Restaurant Wine List.
Chapter 8: The Insider’s Track to Serving and Using Wine.
Part III: The "Old World" of Wine.
Chapter 9: Doing France.
Chapter 10: Italy, the Heartland of Vino.
Chapter 11: Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Beyond.
Part IV: Discovering the New World of Wine.
Chapter 12: The Southern Hemisphere Arises.
Chapter 13: America, America.
Part V: Wine’s Exotic Face.
Chapter 14: Champagne and Other Sparklers.
Chapter 15: Wine Roads Less Traveled: Fortified and Dessert Wines.
Part VI: When You’ve Caught the Bug.
Chapter 16: Buying and Collecting Wine.
Chapter 17: Continuing Education for Wine Lovers.
Chapter 18: Describing and Rating Wine.
Chapter 19: Marrying Wine with Food.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine.
Chapter 21: Ten Wine Myths Demystified.
Part VIII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Pronunciation Guide to Wine Terms.
Appendix B: Glossary of Wine Terms.
Appendix C: Vintage Wine Chart: 1985–2004.
Mary is president of International Wine Center, a New York City wine school that offers credentialed wine education for wine professionals and serious wine lovers. As U.S. director of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), the world’s leading wine educational organization, she works to make the courses she offers in New York available in more and more parts of the United States. She is also the long-standing wine columnist of the NY Daily News. Mary’s most impressive credential is that she’s the first female Master of Wine (MW) in the United States, and one of only 22 MW’s in North America (with 251 worldwide).
Ed, a New Yorker, graduated from City University of NY with a master’s degree in psychology. He taught high school English in another life, while working part-time in wine shops to satisfy his passion for wine and to subsidize his growing wine cellar. That cellar is especially heavy in his favorite wines — Bordeaux, Barolo, and Champagne. Besides co-authoring six wine books in the For Dummies series with Mary, Ed went solo as author of Champagne For Dummies, a topic on which he’s especially expert.
Ed and Mary also share wine columns in Nation’s Restaurant News and in Beverage Media, a trade publication. They are each columnists for the online wine magazine, WineReviewOnline.com. Ed and Mary are both accredited as Certified Wine Educators (CWE).
When they aren’t writing, teaching, or visiting wine regions, Mary and Ed maintain a busy schedule of speaking, judging at professional wine competitions, and tasting as many new wines as possible. They admit to leading thoroughly unbalanced lives in which their only non-wine pursuits are hiking in the Berkshires and the Italian Alps. At home, they wind down to the tunes of U2, K.D. Lang, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young in the company of their feline roommates Dolcetto, Black & Whitey, Ponzi, and Pinot.