Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2008 Edition Hardcover – Oct 1 2007
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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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This book is essential for a budding wine connoisseur. It keeps things simple and introduces you to the wine regions of the world, grape varieties etc.Published on June 5 2002
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