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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849491402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849491402
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The perfect introduction to wine, Walls's book hits on all the essential topics, including how to taste, and food and wine matching' --Food and Travel, Aug 2012


'Writing a book about how to choose, taste and enjoy wine must take a certain amount of insight into the subject matter. So who better to write such an informative guide than Matt Walls, an award-winning taster and avid wine writer. He effortlessly guides us through how to buy, taste and drink appropriate wines - split between Old World and New World - culminating in a must-have title for any novice wine lover.' --Tandoori Magazine, September 2012

'An introductory wine guide helping the enthusiastic drinker find the best wines at affordable prices' --The Bookseller, Feb 2012

About the Author

Award-winning taster and avid wine writer Matt Walls helped set up, manage and buy the wines for the flagship store of The Sampler, a groundbreaking modern wine merchant in London where you can taste the wines before you buy. He holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma (with Moët et Chandon Scholorship) and is a member of the Confraria del Cava. He judges at the International Wine Challenge and the International Wine & Spirit Competition and helps restaurants create exciting wine lists. You can read his blog at www.mattwalls.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @mattwallswine.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beanie Luck TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec 2012
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I am a wine dummie, as far as im concerned i dont care what it says on the bottle, i didnt know the difference between the types and had no idea that wines were specifically chosen to compliment certain meals.

I just grabbed a bottle of chianti or rose and drank that with everything.

This book has opened my eyes dramatically.

Now when i go shopping i read the labels to see what it compliments.

My other half kicked it off because we were eating curry and i just grabbed the Chianti and he was appalled and said what are you doing, and explained to me that the wine would taste like vinegar if i drank it with curry.

I didn't believe him but it was true, it tasted disgusting.

However finding a good wine to eat with Indian food is quite rare, i haven't found a good one yet.

Luckily i eat a lot of Italian food and can have my pick of a great selection of reds.

If im perfectly honest, i dont enjoy white wine at all and i have tried about 20 diff bottles since i got this book and it just isnt to my taste, but i love red wine and i especially love a good rose.

This book has taught me a lot about rose wines that i didnt know before and so for that reason alone i gave this 5 stars.

I think that whatever kind of wine you prefer this book will teach you about that variety and the best ways to drink it.

Kinda made me feel like a proper grown up !!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Junior Hornet VINE VOICE on 13 Sep 2012
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Firstly, let me say that this book is not suitable, nor is it aimed at people who know a lot about wine. Neither is it really for the very beginner. The core audience is those who have started drinking and enjoying wine, have tried the big names and are wondering where to go next.

It does cover some of the basics such as how to properly taste wine (including looking and nosing) and the best glasses to use but then goes into the different styles of wine available, where to find it and how to match it with food. It doesn't try to dictate either. The message is very much that it is up to you and everyone's tastes are different.

Personally I enjoy a heavy white wine with red meat sometimes or a lighter red with fish. This book doesn't tell me I'm wrong which is refreshing.

The book is quite light hearted in its style and doesn't bog you down with detail. Because of this, the novice who doesn't yet have an in depth knowledge (nor may they wish to) but wants to be pointed in the right direction to something they may enjoy, will get a lot out of it.

Much of the enjoyment of wine is in experimenting and this book encourages that wholeheartedly. First Class.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct 2012
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Drink Me! Is a well priced, well written and attractively illustrated guide for those starting out on the search for a decent bottle of reasonably priced wine. Divided into to two parts with the first section concentrating on buying, tasting and drinking wine and the second section featuring the world's most common wines. The information is pretty basic, and really aimed at the novice wine drinker, but none the worse or less helpful for that.

With the closure of many of the famous chains of off-licences and wine merchants over the last few years it can be quite difficult for new wine drinkers to get advice on what may suit them. Certainly most large supermarkets offer a reasonable selection of wines these days, but rarely have any staff able to offer any guidance for the newcomer. Majestic Wines are probably the best of the more specialist retailers now left - but you can't just buy a bottle or two at any one time from them!

Matt Walls' book can help, and if you do a bit of research with it before you go off to the supermarket you should be able to find something that will suit at the price you want to pay. Most regular wine drinkers will already be familiar with a lot of the information here, but could probably still learn a thing or two from it. I will rate Matt's book with five stars for its target audience of wine newbies, but most wine drinkers would enjoy a flick through its pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Dec 2012
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'Drink Me' offers an easy approach to gaining knowledge about wine, including helpful information about shape of glasses, how to identify a wine that is not at its best, as well as an illuminating guide to wine producing regions. There is also a short appendix listing some wineries in the UK and some helpful advice about how to tame a sommelier should the need arise!

Whatever your budget for a bottle of wine, this book provides a guide that will help you to make informed choices and enable you to spread your wings further afield without so much fear of making a wrong (and potentially costly) decision.

If you ever feel at a disadvantage in a restaurant or simply want to know a little more about wine but don't want to be submerged by complexity or snobbery I think you will find this book as useful as I do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2012
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Matt Walls has come up with a cracking little book with 'Drink Me!
How To Choose, Taste and Enjoy Wine'. He has a refreshingly
straight-forward and illuminating approach to his passion which
would appeal to both novice and seasoned drinker alike and he
clearly know his stuff. This slim but nicely designed volume
is packed with helpful details with regard to grape varietals,
tasting, aging and the do's and don'ts of both buying and enjoying
wine and he slips in the odd giggle-worthy page or two for good
measure (his thoughts on 'Blagging It' are particularly amusing!)

Wines are broadly divided into two groups : European ('The Old World')
and 'The New World' (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, North
America, Latin America and a few more esoteric producers). The section
on France seems to me to indicate where Mr Walls' true love lies!

As an introduction to an encyclopedic subject 'Drink Me!' is both
informative and entertaining in equal measure. A good job well done.

Highly Recommended.
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