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A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass

Whether you enjoy the occasional glass of wine or you like to have one every night with dinner, Dan Amatuzzi's A First Course in Wine will provide you with everything you need to know about how to smell, taste, and enjoy fine wines.

Life is too short for wine you won't enjoy. Once you've taken this first course, you will read your restaurant's wine list with confidence and browse through the wine selection at your store with the knowledge that you're going to walk home with the perfect wine in hand. Dan Amatuzzi was the wine director at Mario Batali's OTTO before he became Eataly's beverage director. He studied wine production in Florence and was chosen to Zagat's inaugural class of New York's rising "30 under 30" culinary stars.


193799413
Price: $28.00
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A Taste of the World of Wine
by P. Iland, P. Gago, A. Caillard, P. Dry

A Taste of the World of Wine is a comprehensive and practical guide that takes the reader on a journey through the history of wine, viticulture and winemaking practices, how to taste wine and the characteristics of the major wine styles of the world. The concise, easy to follow, educational approach makes it an ideal book for anyone who is interested in wine. The book contains 212 pages of informative text, maps, wine style guides, tasting clues and over 300 photographs to illustrate the diversity and richness of the world of wine. Educational in format it has been written for students and the general wine consumer who wants to know a little more. It is suitable as a foundation text and a useful reference for all students of wine. It can be used in wine courses, hospitality courses, and for training retail, marketing and cellar door sales personnel or just to enjoy the read.

ISBN: 978-0-9581605-3-7 Format: Hardcover Pages: 212

000011243
Price: $50.00
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A Vineyard in My Glass

Gerald Asher, who served as Gourmet's wine editor for thirty years, has drawn together this selection of his essays, published in Gourmet and elsewhere, for the collective insight they give into why a wine should always be an expression of a place and a time. Guiding the reader through twenty-seven diverse wine regions in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and California, he shows how every wine worth drinking is a reflection of its terroir—in the broadest sense of that untranslatable word.

In evocative reminiscences of wines, winemakers, and the meals he has had with them, he weaves together climate, terrain, and local history, sharing his knowledge and experience so skillfully that we learn as we are entertained and come to understand, gradually, that the meaning and pleasure of a wine lie always in the context of its origin and in the concurrence of where, how, and with whom we enjoy it.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780520270336
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Pages: 288

  • 052027033
    Price: $45.00
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    Cellar
    An ideal cellar does not have to be an expensive cellar. This practical guide is the first book to unravel the secrets of cost effective home cellaring. It will save you money and save your wines.
    095806280
    Price: $20.00
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    Cider, Hard and Sweet

    Cider is the new thing in today’s drinking world, even though it’s been around for centuries. In spite of its long and colorful history, cider has remained relatively underappreciated by the American public. The purchase in 2012 of a Vermont-based cidermaker for over $300 million signaled that this is all likely to change very soon. Richly informative and entertaining, Cider, Hard and Sweet is your go-to source for everything related to apples, cider, and cidermaking. It includes great information on apple varieties, cidermaking basics, barrel fermentation, and recipes for cooking with cider—with instructions for making boiled cider and cider jelly, and recipes for dishes with cider braises and marinades. It also teaches readers how to recognize a good cider and takes you from buying store-bought to making the genuine article at home.


    158157207
    Price: $16.95
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    Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

    Richard Betts is one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world, but he’s no wine snob and he hates wine-speak. In the first book of its kind, he helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine—the fruits, the wood, the earth—enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah and a Sangiovese and get the glass they love every time. Humorously illustrated, with 16 scents, this irresistible gift puts the fun back in wine fundamentals.


    054400503
    Price: $19.99
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    How & Why to Build a Wine Cellar
    by Richard M. Gold

    Worried that your beloved Montrachet is coveting the 50-degree embrace of another's cellar? Think one of your own is out of reach? The classic naturally air-conditioned wine-cellar construction guide is now revised and updated for the modern wine collector who wants or needs a wine cellar but lacks the means to fund a massive renovation, or has do-it-yourself-ness in the blood.The book begins with how to plan for optimum humidity and temperature with a discussion on the best positioning (key to a passive system that takes advantage of an existing structure's natural cooling capabilities and keeping temperature fluctuation to a minimum) and insulation.Section two outlines, step-by-step and with detailed diagrams, every level and aspect of construction, including building of racks and storage bins.Section three is all about the art and science of selecting, recording, tracking and enjoying your wines at their peak performance.

    Pub. Date: December 2008 Publisher: Wine Appreciation Guild, Limited Format: Paperback, 144pp
    189126700

    Price: $29.95
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    Making Sense of Wine Tasting

    This new and completely updated edition, by one of the wine world's greatest authorities, sets out to teach you that wine, like anything else that gives us pleasure, can be enjoyed more fully by those who have taken the trouble to learn something about it, and who have tried to develop their individual sensory systems. The human sensory system, which includes sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing, can be trained, just as our minds or muscles can be trained. In fact, a high level of assessment skill is within reach of the average wine lover. With the tools given in this book, wine's myriad sensory cues of quality become discernible, and the distinct and deep pleasure of wine accessible.

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    • ISBN-13: 9781891267031
    • Publisher: Wine Appreciation Guild, Limited
    • Publication date: 8/20/2010
    • Pages: 212

    189126703
    Price: $29.95
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    Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination

    Explorer’s Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination reveals the richness of this remarkable region. The focus is on the area’s wines and wineries, but you’ll also find reliable recommendations for restaurants and accommodations. With local history, insider tips, color photos and maps, and lots of other essential information, you’ll quickly see why this book, now in its tenth edition, has been so highly acclaimed, and why this area is a mecca for wine aficionados.


    158157232
    Price: $19.95
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    Proof: The Science of Booze

    Humans have been perfecting alcohol production for ten thousand years, but scientists are just starting to distill the chemical reactions behind the perfect buzz. In a spirited tour across continents and cultures, Adam Rogers takes us from bourbon country to the world’s top gene-sequencing labs, introducing us to the bars, barflies, and evolving science at the heart of boozy technology. He chases the physics, biology, chemistry, and metallurgy that produce alcohol, and the psychology and neurobiology that make us want it. If you’ve ever wondered how your drink arrived in your glass, or what it will do to you, Proof makes an unparalleled drinking companion.


    054789796
    Price: $26.00
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    The Oxford Companion to Wine (3rd Edition)

    Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson's seminal volume, The Oxford Companion to Wine, immediately attained legendary status. The book has won every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, and Robinson has received 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.


    019860990
    Price: $65.00
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    The Winemaker's Hand

    In these fascinating interviews, winemakers from the United States and abroad clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details their personal approach to the various steps required to convert grapes into wine. Natalie Berkowitz speaks to winemakers from different backgrounds who work in diverse wine-producing regions, including Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. They talk about familiar and unfamiliar grape varietals, their struggles with local terroirs, and the vagaries of Mother Nature. Some represent small family wineries with limited production while others work for corporations producing hundreds of thousands of bottles. Each individual offers rare insight into how new technologies are revolutionizing historic winemaking practices. The interviews are supplemented with personal recipes and maps of winemaking regions. An aroma wheel captures the vast array of wine's complex flavors and aromas.


    023116756
    Price: $27.95
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    Top 10: California Wine Country

    Get the most out of your California Wine Country vacation with an insider guide to the most fascinating winery tours, outstanding viticultural areas, and best vineyards. With your Top 10 Travel Guide at your side, you'll have a guide to superb grape varieties and the best places to eat to complement your wine country experience. Complete your winery visit with thrilling outdoor activities, must-see museums and galleries in the area, and breathtaking natural wonders, and check out the best hotels and most luxurious spas for every budget.


    146541045
    Price: $14.00
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    University Wine Course
    Now the most widely used wine textbook on for colleges and universities. Also popular with serious wine enthusiasts for home study. Provides a 12 week program for learning about wine in-depth, from sensory evaluation to the science of viticulture and winemaking. Written and organized in a user friendly style. Includes chapter exams and answers, study guides, lab exercises, final exams and extensive references and bibliography. Illustrated with aendixes on Wine & Food, Label Reading, Do-It-Yourself Labs, Student tasting notes and more. Dr. Baldy is a USDA award-winning professor of sciences who has operated her own vineyard and winery and has taught wine areciation for academic credits to university students for over 20 years. 8 1/2 x 11 inches, illustrated, glossary, maps, aendixes.

    Author: Marian W. Baldy Binding: Paperback Copyright: 1994 Edition: 1st Publisher: Wine Appreciation Guild

    093266469
    Price: $35.00
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    Wine Aroma Wheel
    The wheel is an incredible and useful tool to learn about wines and enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor.

    The wheel is made of three tiers : it has very general terms located in the center (e.g. fruity or chemical), going to the most specific terms in the outer tier (e.g. grapefruit or strawberries).

    These terms are not the only terms that can be used to describe wines, but represent ones that are often encountered.

    Whether you are a beginner or a wine connoisseur, the use of the wheel during wine tasting will facilitate the description of the flavors you perceive. More importantly, you will be able to recognize and remember specific details about wines.

    Author: Ann C. Noble Binding: Plastic Card Copyright: 1990 Edition: 1st Publisher: Ann C. Noble

    000010265
    Price: $5.00
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    Wine Bible
    The Wine Bible is like a lively course from an expert teacher, grounded deeply in the fundamentals and enriched with passionate opinions, asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, illustrations, maps, charts, and wine labels-everything, in fact, but the actual wine itself. Beginning with the basics of mastering wine-how to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory, understanding the subtle interplay of variety, vineyard, and vintner to demystifying the issue of vintages-it covers the essentials: the emotion and intrigue of Burgundy. The flinty pleasures of sauvignon blanc and surprising delicacy of Spain's Riojas. Bordeaux, the largest fine wine vineyard on the globe and epitome of terroir. Fourteen Sonoma wines to know. The importance of finish. Tuscany, kingom of variable microclimates. The precise and food-friendly wines of Germany. The narrow 30-mile stretch of ambition, experimentation, and surpassing quality called Napa. Why the "punt," or indentation in a wine bottle. Australia, where cutting-edge technology meets easy, outgoing, unpretentious character. Plus Austria, New Zealand, South Africa, Portugal, and more. Eight years in the writing, Karen MacNeil's The Wine Bible takes any reader, at any level of interest and sophistication, and offers the one thing guaranteed to increase his or her pleasure in wine-knowledge. It's illustrated throughout with maps, photographs, charts, wine labes, and has hundreds of boxes featuring historical tidbits, fun wine facts, and wine destinations while traveling.

    Author: Karen MacNeil Binding: Paperback Copyright: 2001 Edition: 1st Publisher: Workman

    156305434
    Price: $19.95
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    Wine Drinker's Guide to the Vineyard
    The aim of this book is to provide the serious wine aficionado with the information needed to appreciate the contribution of the particular features of the vineyard to wine quality. The topics covered range from discovering our taste buds and the aroma of wines, to grape varieties and clones, an explanation of soils, climate, terroir, light, pests and diseases, pruning and training to the human influences on viticulture.

    Author: David Jackson Binding: Paperback Copyright: 2004 Edition: 1st Publisher: Winetitles

    086469444
    Price: $29.95
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    Wine from Grape to Glass
    by Jens Priewe

    Wine expert Jens Priewe has revised his acclaimed guidebook to wine, providing his readers with the most up-to-date information on this topic. Tailor-made for the contemporary wine consumer who drinks what he or she likes, this vividly illustrated text discusses not only awe-inspiring vintages, but also unknown wines from countries only recently included on the wine maps of the world. Priewe provides a key to the complex language of wine and illuminates the science of wine making while honoring the art behind its creation. Half the book is devoted to the wine-making process itself; the other half examines the best wines of the world, country by country, and guides the reader to an understanding of the intricacies of wine tasting and appreciation. Illustrated with more than 1,000 color images, including computer graphics that explain the invisible processes of wine making; satellite maps and aerial photos of the world's most important wine regions; and photographs of individual vineyards by the world's best wine photographers, Wine: From Grape to Glass will quench the thirst for knowledge experienced by a true wine lover when uncorking a bottle of fine wine. A journalist covering politics and economics for twenty years, Jens Priewe began exclusively writing about wine over fifteen years ago. His books include Italy's Great Wines and Journey into the World of Wine. A regular contributor to culinary magazines, he lives in Munich.

    Pub. Date: October 2006 Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated Format: Hardcover , 256pp
    078920917

    Price: $45.00
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    Wine Tasting, Second Edition: A Professional Handbook

    Wine Tasting: A Professional Handbook is an essential guide for any professional or serious connoisseur seeking to understand both the theory and practice of wine tasting. From techniques for assessing wine properties and quality, including physiological, psychological, and physicochemical sensory evaluation, to the latest information on types of wine, the author guides the reader to a clear and applicable understanding of the wine tasting process.

    Including illustrative data and testing technique descriptions, Wine Tasting is for professional tasters, those who train tasters and those involved in designing wine tastings as well as the connoisseur seeking to maximize their perception and appreciation of wine.


    012374181
    Price: $111.00
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    Wine Wars!: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes
    by Joyce Lock

    This fun and fascinating trivia game tests your knowledge of the fruit of the vine. Let the battle begin as players answer questions in categories such as Vine to Vino (growing grapes, making wine, and world production), Wine Cellar (selecting, storing, and tasting wine), and Cork Culture (wine people, business, arts and science, and trivia). Perfect for those new to the world of wine, but challenging enough for the devoted oenophile, Wine Wars will have you swirling, sniffing, and sipping your way to vinicultural victory.

    Pub. Date: September 2009 Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC Format: Other Format, 151pp
    081186834

    Price: $22.95
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    Wine: A Tasting Course

    Offering a visual tour of wine styles, explaining the big-picture concepts, and encouraging readers to recognize the connections between wines, author Marnie Old, a renowned American sommelier, challenges all the stuffy orthodoxies about wine, and teaches that best way to learn is through tasting.

    Providing a fresh take on the world of wine, showing you what you need to know, and debunking wine-snob myths, Wine: A Tasting Course is the ultimate visual wine course for wine lovers seeking no-nonsense, practical information.

    Explore and develop your palate in your own time and at your own pace with Wine: A Tasting Course.


    146540588
    Price: $25.00
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