Are point-system ratings a reliable way to choose wines? Is a $50 Bordeaux invariably better than a $15 Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile? Does a screw-cap indicate a poor-quality wine? Should you always serve white wine with seafood? Are rosés and blush wines déclassé? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you need to read WineWise.
Written by three renowned wine professors at The Culinary Institute of America, WineWise gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to get more enjoyment out of wine. It shows you how to get past conventional wisdom and wine snobbery, broaden your wine horizons, and find delicious, affordably priced bottles that make everyday meals more pleasurable.
Illustrated throughout with full-color maps and photographs and written in a lively, down-to-earth style, WineWise gives you a complete course in wine basics. You'll find out what goes into making wine and why some wines cost $5 while others cost $500 (hint: stratospheric prices have more to do with scarcity than quality). You'll learn about all of the major wine grapes and take a grand tour of the world's wine regions, including Canada, Greece, and other up-and-coming locales that are now producing impressive wines. You'll explore the ins and outs of pairing wine with food (in a pinch, sparkling wine and Pinot Noir go with almost everything), discover how to navigate a restaurant wine list and avoid rip-offs (some places actually charge a 500% mark-up!), and learn how to organize your own home wine tasting.
Most of all, WineWise teaches you how to trust your taste buds and follow your nose to wines that you truly enjoy. The book is peppered with tips and advice that you'll find nowhere elsesurprising insights that encourage you to step off the beaten path and explore all that the world of wine has to offer. To help you in your journey, the authors offer their own personal lists of great WineWise bargainsmore than 650 mostly $15-and-under bottles from around the world. With this cornucopia of terrific choices and the savvy guidance WineWise provides, you have everything you need to boost your wine IQ and get more pleasure out of every bottle you drink.
Professors at the Culinary Institute of America, Kolpan, Brian Smith, and Michael Weiss continue their collaboration (Exploring Wine) with this excellent book. As with most wine guides, the largest section discusses the varieties of wine. WineWise organizes wines by color, type, and country. The later sections have details on how to pair wine (complement or contrast tastes) and list good, inexpensive vintages. The difference with this guide is the details, such as how to overcome food-pairing traps, and the tone. It is enjoyable to read, partly because the authors are not afraid to express their opinions, while encouraging readers to drink what they like. Also, the tone avoids stuffiness; readers will be able to appreciate the authors' excitement and entertainment from sharing their knowledge of wine. A reference book in topic and depth, this is also a fun guide that can be read cover to cover or dipped into as curiosity dictates. Highly recommended.