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I Don't Know Much About Wine, But I Know What I Like Paperback – 13 Nov 2003

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (13 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184000844X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840008449
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wine Consultant, Author and Speaker Simon Woods has won awards for his writing, his website and his can-can dancing. While he spits out most of the many thousands of wines he tastes each year, he does confess to swallowing a few of them.

When he's not visiting vineyards or hosting one of the dozens of tastings he conducts each year, he can be found at home in Saddleworth in the north of England with his wife & two children.

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I Don’t Know Much About Wine… But I Know What I Like wins Le Prix du Champagne Lanson

I Don’t Know Much About Wine…But I Know What I Like by Simon Woods has won the prestigious Lanson Wine Book of the Year Award 2004. The prize was announced on Monday 17th May at The Underglobe in London to a large audience of eminent drink authors, wine trade, members of the press, and publishers. Le Prix du Champagne Lanson gives national and international acclaim to their recipients, and is among the most significant and greatly valued award for those who write or broadcast on wine.

I Don’t Know Much About Wine… is a book for all those who have ever felt intimidated by the name dropping, the vintages and the snobbery. It comes to the modern man’s rescue with an ironic, irreverent insight into the seemingly stuffy subject of wine. In a handy paperback format with over thirty humorous graphic illustrations, this fool-proof, tongue-in-cheek manual offers fifty ways to get more out of a bottle of wine, entertainingly guiding the reader through all the basics of buying, drinking and enjoying, from knowing the difference between a good wine deal and a bad one, to where to shop for that special occasion. There’s also invaluable advice on how to spot a grape variety as against a wine style, exploring wine on the web and how to impress with taste.

Clutching a specially engraved bottle of Champagne Lanson, a jubilant Simon Woods commented: "It's a book for all those millions of people who drink wine regularly, and are asking, 'What's next?' Rather than take a shopping-list approach - Buy Wine 'A' from Shop 'B', and so on - my aim was to encourage people to make their own minds up, and to entertain them in the process. I'm delighted that the Lanson judges enjoyed the book - because if wine's not about enjoyment, what is it about?"

Michael Cox, the UK Director of Wines of Chile, and one of this year’s judges said about the book: "Every loo should have one!" Other judges included Jeremy Bowen, BBC Foreign Correspondent and Rosemary George MW, Chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. MacLean on 8 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
I was given this book as a Christmas present and pretty much dismissed it at first. I've since actually read most of the book & can't believe how wrong I was. It's really interesting, SO easy to read and above all, demystifies the world of wine.
It's written in a really readable way and gives some good comparisons (e.g. if you think that taking the cork out of a bottle of red means you're letting it "breathe" it's the same as saying you think sitting with your mouth open is the same as you breathing! - by the way, it's only if you decant the wine into something that it gets to breathe)
I work in the beer industry and think it was about time someone wrote a similar book for the world of beer.
It's a great buy, click on "ADD TO BASKET" now.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lionbar_79 on 5 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
Very useful book if you want to start to learn about diffent wines and you want to look knowledgeable whilst staring confusedly at supermarket wine shelves
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Cheeky intro to the world of wine 30 Aug. 2005
By Erik Olson - Published on
Format: Paperback
After enjoying "Sideways," finding a good (yet simple) introduction to the world of wine was on my to-do list. I hadn't had much luck until last May, when I was browsing the English language section of an Oslo bookstore. I was set to catch a night cruise to Copenhagen, so I needed a portable and easy read for the "hurry up and wait" periods. When I ran across "I Don't Know Much About Wine...But I Know What I Like," I bought it after a short perusal. It was worth the kroner.

Simon Woods writes well, with a cork-in-cheek British Gen-Xer tone. The book has a visually hip vibe, with lots of different font types and sizes, along with various illustrations in the same style as the cover. There are sections with titles such as "How to Taste Your Way to the Top," "Where to Go to Find Out More," and "What You Need Besides Bottles of Wine." Within the sections are numerous chapters that are two or three pages long. Each chapter goes over a single topic relevant to its section. For example, "What You Need Besides Bottles of Wine" contains chapters such as "Glass Act" (tracking down decent wineglasses) and "Tools of the Trade" (all about corkscrews, foil-cutters, wine coolers, and more). Although I don't drink regularly enough to consistently utilize what I learned, the knowledge will be handy when I realize my dream of a wine country adventure (Lord willing).

There's not a lot of depth here, so if you already know your stuff "I Don't Know Much About Wine..." may be too shallow. And if you're looking for something highbrow, keep looking. But there's plenty of cool info for the average dabbler, and it's a good starting point for someone testing the vino before heading into deeper cellars. If nothing else, you'll look and sound well informed at fine restaurants and wine-tasting parties. Mr. Woods' bottom line for wine selection: "You are right if it tastes good to you." I can drink to that. Cheers to the author for a fun and informative little book.
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