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Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2008 Edition Hardcover – Oct 1 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Revised edition edition (Oct. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402751419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402751417
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 22.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The great Zraly wit and his legendary front-of-the-classroom presence are integral parts of this fresh approach.” —Wine Spectator
“A visually exciting, intelligently structured reference.”  —Anthony Dias Blue, Bon Appétit
“Brims with enthusiasm…breezy, down-to-earth…Reads like an interesting conversation.” —Chicago Tribune
“The liveliest short course on wine ever wrapped between two covers.” —Boston Globe
“As entertaining as it is informative.” —Barbara Ensrud, New York Daily News
“Are you intimidated by wine stewards? Read Kevin Zraly’s new edition of Windows on the World Complete Wine Course and order with aplomb.” —Playboy

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia Elms on March 20 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an awesome book. I usually skip introductions, but in this case, I decided to read it, to establish author's credibility pretty much. By the time I was done, I learned at least a handful of things that were a shock to me! And I am far from a wine novice, trust me.
The book is written in simple terms, yet covers complex points. It has lots of tips on how to select, taste and store wine. Region by region guide is very helpful too. It explains what's on a label, cork and the bottle itself. Basiclaly, equips you for wine shopping for good. Definitely a 5 star and worth the money. Recommended by winery-explorer.
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By Randy Given on Dec 11 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is named after the restaurant "Windows on the World" (WotW) which was near the top of the World Trade Center (NYC). Although I had been to the top of the WTC many times, I never made it to WotW. I wish I had. If this book is any indication (especially the 2003 edition with stories and pictures about the restaurant itself), it must have been a wonderful experience.
For beginners, this book should be read after "Wine for Dummies" (WfD). I recommend WfD as the book to purchase if you only want one book. If you want two or more, which is very likely, the second one is this one, "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course" (WotWCWC). This book covers reds and whites, in depth, as well as a clearly diagrammed set of geography pictures and notes.
The author takes out much of the snobbishness of others, presenting a great deal of information in an attractive manner. This is great for the library as well as a book that can be laid out on a table for casual reading by guests.
There is a FAQ section towards the back that is very good. There are also some suggestions for starting your own collection and for those that want to make a restaurant wine list (which is also a must-read because some of it will apply to your own collection).
This book is a must-have for a wine library. Your guests will also appreciate it.
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Format: Hardcover
My husband and I consider ourselves wine hobbyists - not really beginners - and we are getting a lot out of this book. Zraly packs a lot in, and it's all interesting stuff, from little known facts (did you know your nose can discern over 2,000 different smells?) to diagrams of the taste centers of your tongue, to discussions of the various wine regions in different countries, as well as the United States. What sold me on this book is the suggested wine buys for the well-stocked cellar (in the Appendix), where Zraly suggests wines you can easily find in various ranges: under [money] (everyday wines), [money] (once a week wines), [money] and up. Great suggestions from someone whose been in the business for years and loves it.
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