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WINDOWS ON THE WORLD COMPLETE WINE COURSE Paperback – Oct 1 1989

4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (Oct. 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440596114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440596110
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal

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
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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 Times

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This is a great introduction for those new to wine. It explains key terms and places in a very cogent manner, and covers all of the major regions in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Zraly is a great writer and presents the subject in an interesting and informative way, and the book is replete with beautiful photos of the various regions covered. Make no mistake, this book will make you want to take vacations to every single one of those places!

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.
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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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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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Format: Hardcover
I have several editions of Mr. Zraly's Complete Wine Course. I find myself looking forward to each years edition, waiting to see his take on current vintages and always wine "tid-bits" that make wine loving so enticing. I have a restaurant in S.C., which the current edition is always on the table in our tasting room. I also find myself giving it as birthday and Christmas gifts. All my friends have it, whether they are wine fanantics or not. It is always a perfect coffee table book. Great beginner book or for any wine lover. Learning about wines is loving wines!
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Format: Hardcover
If you are just starting out in the wine world, let Kevin Zraly tag along via "The Windows on the World Wine Course" and you won't go wrong. His light approach and expert analysis of all aspects of the wine world are a reassuring voice amid the din of conflicting advice out there in the wine racks.
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.
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