Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier

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Broadway Books, 2005 - Cooking - 326 pages
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From “one of the wine world’s most popular voices” (USAToday), a newly updated edition of her by-now classic introduction to wine,GREAT WINE MADE SIMPLE: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier, reflects up-to-the minute wine trends, including the burgeoning popularity of the Shiraz grape, new flavor maps, and much, much more.

First published in 2000,Great Wine Made Simpleestablished Andrea Immer Robinson as America’s favorite wine writer. Avoiding the traditional and confusingly vague wine language of “bouquet” and “nose,” and instead discussing wine in commonsense terms, the book launched Andrea’s career as a wine authority without pretense.

Now, thoroughly revised,Great Wine Made Simplelives up to its title by making selecting and enjoying wine truly simple. With Andrea Immer Robinson as your guide, you will never again have to fear pricey bottles that don’t deliver, snobby wine waiters, foreign terminology, or encyclopedic restaurant wine lists. You’ll be able to buy or order wine with confidence--and get just the wine you want--by learning how the “Big Six” basic styles (which comprise 80 percent of today’s top selling wines) taste and how to read any wine label. Ten new flavor maps show what tastes you can expect from climates around the world.

Andrea Immer Robinson genuinely knows more about wine than most wine lovers could ever hope to learn. But she doesn’t believe that you have to join a stuffy, exclusive wine-tasting set, or study a lot, to become a savvy wine buyer. Unlike other wine guides,Great Wine Made Simplemakes it easy to master the ins and outs of choosing a wine that you and your guests will love—on any budget.

In her down-to-earth style, Andrea guides you through follow-along-at-home wine tastings that are easy, fun, and affordable, and even suggests a milk tasting for understanding variations in wine-body style. Building on this foundation, she covers the rest of the wine landscape with her inimitable style, candor, and humor, from classic regions to new tastes, plus a bevy of practical issues like wine gear and proper storage. A refreshing blend of in-depth knowledge and accessibility,Great Wine Made Simpleis a welcome resource for those who are intrigued by wine but don’t know where to start.

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Review: Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier

User Review  - Sorento62 - Goodreads

Love, love, love this book. Great introduction to the world of wine. I especially love all the tasting exercises she presents. I have done several of the tastings with friends. It was once my ambition ... Read full review

Review: Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier

User Review  - Dana - Goodreads

I was introduced to Andrea Robinson while reading Kevin Zrayl's Complete Wine Course book and decided to get a few of her books. This is the first in a 2 part series. I found this book a great joy to ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

One of only fourteen women in the world to qualify as a Master Sommelier, ANDREA IMMER ROBINSON is the Dean of Wine Studies at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, and was named James Beard Foundation Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year in 2002. She is the host of the Fine Living Network's Simply Wine with Andrea Immer, a columnist for Esquire magazine, and the author of three other wine-related books, including a new cookbook for wine lovers, Everyday Dining with Wine: 125 Wonderful Recipes to Match and Enjoy with Wine

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