WINDOWS ON THE WORLD COMPLETE WINE COURSE Paperback – Oct 1 1989
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Zraly, founder and teacher of the Windows on the World Wine School, presents the 14th update of his popular guide to the world of wine. Originally published in 1985, Zraly's book was designed for students, which is reflected in the treatment of each chapter as a class: "white wines of France," "red wines of California," and so on. A loose question-and-answer format prevails, and Zraly also provides a generous sprinkling of entertaining sidebars and informational tidbits. Even collections with Philip Seldon's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine (Alpha, 1996) or Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan's Wine for DummiesR (IDG, 1998) should consider Zraly's bookAeach of these titles has its own strengths. Zraly offers more detail on Chilean and Argentinean wines, while the other two titles offer information on Portuguese wines not found in Zraly's book. For the restaurant owner or wine steward, Zraly also offers information on creating a wine list. Recommended for medium and large public libraries or any academic library where culinary arts titles are collected.AJohn Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ
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"If you have never bought a wine book before, start with this one. If you have a roomful of wine books, get this one anyway. It's a whole new way to look at the subject." -- Frank J. Prial, The New York TimesSee all Product Description
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This was the first book I read when I wanted to learn about wine, and by the time I finished it I felt comfortable having a knowledgeable conversation with both oenophiles (wine lovers) and those unfamiliar with it. Perhaps the best part of the book is that it comes with numerous recommendations of wines to taste as you go through the regions, making the book "interactive" in a sense. If you're like me and don't have a high discretionary budget to spend on wine, you can just choose one or go to your local wine shop and ask for one similar to those covered in the book. Even if you don't use the tasting sections, you'll still find the book worth while.
If you're new to the subject and have always felt intimidated when the wine list comes to you at a restaurant, read this book and by the time you finish you'll feel comfortable going into any restaurant and selecting an appropriate wine for any meal or occasion. A+ book.
Zraly, well-known for his superior knowledge in matching wine with food, keeps his book informative, but not overwhelming. The book is written in a breezy and easily read format, with plenty of white space on each page to keep the text, sidebars, margin info, and graphics from overwhelming the reader. And for those who like to know interesting facts about wine, each page has tidbits written in the margins that when dropped correctly during your next wine tasting will bring out the "Oohs" and "Aahs" in the guests.
The only negative to the book is that it can't have it all ways. It is clearly a beginner to intermediate book, and while it is derived from the class in wine that Zraly actually teaches around the country, it lacks the ability to serve as a comprehensive reference. For this reason, I would team this book with Karen MacNeil's "The Wine Bible" - a very comprehensive, yet still easy to understand resource.
It is quite unfortunate that this neglect is being perpetuated!
Beginning with the planting, care and harvest of grapes, Zraly takes one through a catechism on wine. This question and answer format is followable, and presents it in a sequence that makes sense and one can take to the dining experience or wine store to utilize what one learns.
Like the section of food and wine matches and wine and cheese. Further, the "Wine Buying Strategies for Your Wine Cellar" is highly commendable and reliable.
This is great motivator to keep exploring this fascinating and always fluid enjoyment. The updated editions permit new tastings to grace the latest in the wine world.
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