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Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2009 Edition

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2009 Edition

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course is simply the bestselling wine book in North America?it’s a classic. In addition to retaining the expanded 60-page section on ?101 Wines You Should Know,” from last year, the 2009 revision will include 16 pages of quizzes (two at the end of every chapter) to test readers on how much they’ve learned?just as if they were in Kevin’s class. Those who use the book as an actual course will find this enormously helpful, and a great challenge for testing their knowledge of wine fundamentals. Of course, all wine lists and labels, vintage charts, and trend reports will receive a complete update, too.
As always, Zraly organizes his wines by region, from simple to complex, beginning with white wines from France, the U.S., and Germany; he moves on to the red wines of Burgundy and the Rhône, Bordeaux, the U.S., Italy, Australia, Argentina, and Chile; and concludes with champagnes and ports. By following Kevin’s order, readers will experience the best wines and the wide diversity of taste, style, region, and country. It’s not only a comprehensive and bargain-priced hands-on wine education, but a superb catalog from which to start a wine cellar or find a bottle appropriate for any occasion at any price.
This unequaled volume retains all the invaluable information, fabulous illustration, and gorgeous styling of the previous editions?presented in Zraly’s inimitable, irreverent style. It’s clearly the wine guide against which all others are judged.

Price: $24.95

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The Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd Edition

The Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd EditionPublished in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson’s seminal volume immediately attained legendary status, winning every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, as well as writer and woman of the year accolades for its editor on both sides of the Atlantic. Combining meticulously-researched fact with refreshing opinion and wit, The Oxford Companion to Wine offers almost 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable, from regions and grape varieties to the owners, connoisseurs, growers, and tasters in wine through the ages; from viticulture and oenology to the history of wine. Tracing the consumption and production from the ancient world to the present day, the Companion is a remarkable resource for gaining further appreciation for a beverage whose popularity has only increased with time.

Now exhaustively updated, this third edition incorporates the very latest international research to present over 400 new entries on topics ranging from globalization and the politics of wine to brands, precision viticulture, and co-fermentation. Hundreds of other entries have also undergone major revisions, including yeast, barrel alternatives, climate change, and virtually all wine regions. Useful lists and statistics are appended, including controlled appellations and their permitted grape varieties, as well as wine production and consumption by country.

Illustrated with maps of every important wine region in the world, useful charts and diagrams, and stunning color photography, this Companion is unlike any other wine book, offering an understanding of wine in its many wider contexts – notably historical, cultural, geographic, and scientific – and serving as a truly companionable point of reference into which any wine-lover can dip, browse, and linger.

Price: $65.00

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The Wine Trials 2011

The Wine Trials 2011The Wine Trials is the essential under-$15 wine guide that shook the wine world to its core by proving that in brown-bag blind tastings, people actually preferred cheaper wines to more expensive ones.

It all began as a blind tasting academic experiment: Could everyday wine drinkers tell the difference between cheap wine and expensive wine? When the group published its paper showing that they couldn’t, the wine world lit up with controversy. The Wine Trials 2011, by Robin Goldstein and Alexis Herschkowitsch, is the brand-new third edition of the book that grew out of  this experiment—the book that challenged the wine establishment and revealed the widely available wines under $15 that beat out wines costing up to ten times their price in blind tastings.

The 2011 edition is the biggest and most informative yet, with full-page reviews of 175 all-new wines for 2010, based on completely new blind tastings of the latest vintages, with a special focus on up-and-coming value wine regions like Portugal and Greece. Each review includes a cheeky, unpretentious discussion of each wine’s flavors and aromas, and a photo of the bottle for easy identification.

Price: $14.95

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What’s important in a cellar is having wines that have a broad range of drinkability, which California Cabernet does. Wines with a broad range of drinkability give you a lot of flexibility; they are the sort of wines that make me feel secure. I think of my wine cellar as security – if the apocalypse comes, I can just go down to the cellar.

— Robert M. Parker, Jr.

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