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Discovering Wine [Hardcover]

Joanna Simon
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28 April 1994
"Discovering Wine" has been hailed by new and experienced wine lovers everywhere as the classic, approachable introduction to the luscious world of wine. In this revised and updated edition, Simon addresses the latest wine trends and provides brand-new information on vintages recently established in countries and continents around the globe. More than 250 full-color photographs, maps, and charts beautifully complement Simon's effervescent approach to the fascinating world of wine, and help to dispel the mystique that so often surrounds the subject. She provides the crucial hints that will help you to become a wine aficionado -- virtually overnight. You will learn how to
  • Taste and judge wine like an expert
  • Correctly match food and wine
  • Follow the newest guidelines for serving and storing your wines
  • Discern classic wines from those that emulate them
  • Understand the importance and role of grapes
  • Know when a particular wine is ready to drinkIn addition to demystifying wine, Simon explores famous vineyards and explains how the winemakers use grapes to their most delicious advantage. And after a concise but thorough roundup of today's wine styles, Simon conducts a tour through the wine regions of the world -- from Chianti to Coonawarra, from Medoc to Moldova, and everywhere in between.As entertaining as it is informative, "Discovering Wine" is destined to remain the definitive beginner's guide to wine.


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    • Hardcover: 160 pages
    • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; Reprint edition (28 April 1994)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1857322649
    • ISBN-13: 978-1857322644
    • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.2 x 2 cm
    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 663,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    About the Author

    Joanna Simon is the award-winning wine writer of The Sunday Times, and contributor to Style magazine, and the Travel and Books sections. Before joining The Sunday Times, she was editor of Wine magazine and before that editor of Wine & Spirit International. Her books include The Sunday Times Book of Wine (published in seven languages) and Wine with Food (published in three languages). Joanna was the broadcaster of BBC Radio 4's first series devoted to entirely to wine, and her television appearances have covered everything from vodka, to matching food and wine, to buying fine and rare wines at auction. Joanna lives in London, but spends as much time as possible in her other home in a remote part of France. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars a great way to discover wine at an easy pace 20 April 2002
    By A Customer
    Format:Hardcover
    If you don't know anything about wine then this is for you. If you know a little about wine and would like to know a little more then this is also for you. It takes you from getting to know how to taste the wines, how to serve them and with what kind of food you should eat with them and a whole lot more. The book is full of illustrations and can be picked up and put down at anytime and you can just pick up where you left off or just flick through the book to area that are of interest. Joanna Simon has made a very good job at explaining such a complicated subject - buy this book and you wont be disappointed
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering Wine 6 Aug 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Bought for a son who is a Majestic trainee. Excellent, logical and highly informative book without being in any way overwhelming
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for someone just 'starting out' 5 Dec 2009
    Format:Paperback
    Easy to read with great illustrations. A wonderful introduction to the world of wine, at a very agreeable price. Thank you!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Place to Begin 19 Feb 2003
    By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    I'm a beginner. When I received "Discovering Wine" by Joanna Simon as a gift, I felt intimidated. Would it be stuffy or over my head?
    Its strength is in the simple presentation of the facts. The chapters are clearly titled, like "Matching food with wine" and "Ways to store your wine." The writing is clean, though it comes across slightly elitist (ex: choosing 'wend' instead of 'wind,' noting a certain country produces a 'credible' variety of wine). It is balanced by an encyclopedic style, providing insight into the basics of wine appreciation.
    Many countries are highlighted for their vineyards and wines. Learn which wines are made where, and how the process is distinguished from country to country.
    The pictures are sharp, beautiful and informative. You'll see terraces of Germany, hills of Tuscany, and the mountains of Peru in sheer splendor and relevance.
    Especially useful for me was the lexicon of tasting terms, a brief lesson on wine tasting and what to look for, and a discussion (with perfect pictures) on which glasses and decanters to use.
    The weakest aspect of the book was the chapter on matching food and wine, but the weakness was not in the content, but in the brevity. Ten pages should have been 20.
    I fully recommend "Discovering Wine" by Joanna Simon as a first book.
    Anthony Trendl
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nice beginner book, but some tips outdated 27 Dec 2001
    By Ripped off Buyer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    Overall, this was a nice introduction to wine. However, it was obviously written in the early nineties, so the good year/bad year tips on many of the white wines that were not meant to age for ten years are kind of useless today (For some wines, 1987 may have been a good year if you drank it in 1991, but in 2001 it might taste a little closer to vinegar than you prefer.) But if you learn enough to know that the book you are reading is outdated, then you must have learned something. Three stars.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive yet easy reading 21 Jun 2010
    By Artica75 - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    The book does a good job of briefing novice and experienced wine drinkers. I like the section on regions and explanations of varietals. Great coffee table book to educate and get friends interested in wines.
    6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars fun 11 April 2000
    By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    I thought that all the pictures were very helpful. There is a lot of background infomation on the countries that make wine. The reading is positively refreshing and easily read.
    Unfortunately, as an amatuer wine connoiseur I wished that they would have something a little more tangible. For example I like to drink zinfandel, but there are many different companies that make zinfandel. Some are good and some are bad. I was hoping to get a list of some of the more well liked as well as less liked brand names. That way I could have more of an idea what professional wine-tasters look for. Instead of thinking that my second rate 10$ bottle of wine is the same as some 50$ bottle of wine.
    0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A user friendly book 2 Oct 2001
    By Steve Robbins - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    This is a really nice book, to get you started in wine appreciation.
    I also bought a Perfect Sommelier, because I wanted to taste the wine as soon as I bought it, instead of waiting years for it to be cellared. Use Google to search for it.
    The book really helped in locating some of the many varieties of wine that are available today. I love the 'Dummy' book too!
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