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Wine For Dummies, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-33389-1
432 pages
August 2012
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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 light...rich, yet crisp...robust, yet refreshing....

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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting to Know Wine 7

Chapter 1: Wine 101 9

Chapter 2: These Taste Buds Are for You 21

Chapter 3: Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties 35

Chapter 4: Wine Names and Label Lingo 49

Chapter 5: Behind the Scenes of Winemaking 65

Part II: Wine and You: Up Close and Personal 73

Chapter 6: Buying Wine to Drink at Home 75

Chapter 7: Confronting a Restaurant Wine List 87

Chapter 8: Serving Wine 101

Chapter 9: Marrying Wine with Food 119

Part III: The "Old World" of Wine 127

Chapter 10: Doing France 129

Chapter 11: Italy, the Heartland of Vino 169

Chapter 12: Spain, Germany, and Elsewhere in Europe 191

Part IV: Discovering the “New World” of Wine 215

Chapter 13: The Southern Hemisphere Arises 217

Chapter 14: America, America 237

Part V: Wine’s Exotic Face 269

Chapter 15: Champagne and Other Sparklers 271

Chapter 16: Wine Roads Less Traveled: Fortified and Dessert Wines 293

Part VI: When You’ve Caught the Bug 313

Chapter 17: Buying and Collecting Wine 315

Chapter 18: Continuing Education for Wine Lovers 333

Chapter 19: Describing and Rating Wine 347

Part VII: The Part of Tens 355

Chapter 20: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine 357

Chapter 21: Ten Wine Myths Demystified 365

Part VIII: Appendixes 373

Appendix A: Pronunciation Guide to Wine Terms 375

Appendix B: Glossary of Wine Terms 379

Appendix C: Vintage Wine Chart: 1991–2010 387

Index 391

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Ed McCarthy, CWE, is a regular contributor to WineReviewOnline.com and Beverage Media. Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, is president of the International Wine Center in New York. Together, they are the authors of many For Dummies wine guides, including Italian Wine For Dummies.

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