The Simon & Schuster Beginner's Guide to Understanding Wine

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Simon & Schuster, 1989 - Cooking - 140 pages
Appealing to the amateur wine lover as well as the aspiring professional taster, "The Simon & Schuster Beginner's Guide to Understanding Wine" is written to be eminently readable. Michael Schuster's expertise is combined with a well-developed sense of humor, which allows him to avoid -- and have fun with -- the snobbery and occasional absurdity of tasting and understanding wine.

This beautiful and accessible guide progresses in three sections. The first explores the techniques of wine tasting -- from knowing what to look for to describing and recording a judgment. Readers are encouraged to experiment and develop their own tasting methods.

The second section discusses the major grapes and their wines. The author explains how to discern between wines considered to be "classic" and those that are not, what to expect from the different grapes and their blends, and the different wine-producing areas. He suggests specific wines to taste for comparison and as examples of style and quality. He tops off this section with a chapter covering fortified wines, Cognac, Armagnac, and malt whisky.

The final section of the book is devoted to the practicalities of wine and wine drinking: handling, serving and decanting, storage, and record-keeping. An extensive, original index provides an at-a-glance identification chart of the grapes used in all the major wine names.

"The Simon & Schuster Beginner's Guide to Understanding Wine" is a friendly, lavishly illustrated introduction to the fundamentals of wine appreciation.

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About the author (1989)

Michael Schuster studied tasting in Bordeaux, gaining the Bordeaux University Tasting Diploma. In 1983 he won the top scholarship in the U.K. wine trade Diploma examinations. After creating an award-winning wine retail business, he now works independently as a writer and lecturer, and he offers a series of wine courses and tastings at his own tasting school. He has written for Wine & Spirit, Which? Wine Guide, Decanter, and Wine, and he is the wine correspondent for London Portrait Living.

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