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A Perfect Glass of Wine: Choosing, Serving, and Enjoying [Kindle Edition]

Brian St. Pierre , Deborah Jones

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Book Description

Many people see the enjoyment of wine as an intimidating and complicated matter, requiring a mastery of arcane rules and rituals. In fact, there's no more to it than putting each wine to the ultimate test: Does it taste good? Wine writer Brian St. Pierre's book begins by introducing the basic flavors of the several grape varieties used in making wines around the world. Once those are understood, all the rest flows smoothly—what distinguishes the colors and types, how to match wine with food, how to store and serve it, and even how much to spend on a bottle. St. Pierre's sensible approach combined with stunning photographs and elegant maps of the world's great wine-growing regions make this the perfect no-nonsense guide or lovely gift for anyone who wants to learn to understand, appreciate, and, above all, fully enjoy the fruit of the vine.

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The only difficulty with the book may be where to keep it -- it's informative enough to use in the kitchen, entertaining enough to keep by your bedside, and attractive enough to display on your coffee table. "Appelation"...the writing is reassuringly free of jargon and will probably encourage the timid to approach some wines, such as Italian and Rhone varietals, that they may have been unsure about. "San Jose Mercury News"

About the Author

Brian St. Pierre is the author of A Perfect Glass of Wine and The Perfect Match, both available from Chronicle Books. He lives with his family in London. Deborah Jones has won an International Association of Culinary Professionals award for her photography. Her images appear in many cookbooks, including Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking (0-8118-3383-6), A Perfect Glass of Wine (0-8118-1295-2), and the Vege

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9743 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (18 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IVBHJ04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,143,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brian St. Pierre was born in New Bedford, Mass. and worked in his family's restaurant and catering business while attending Boston University. He lived in New York, where his first book and journalism were published, before moving to Los Angeles; he later also lived in Mexico and Santa Fe, before moving to San Francisco to work as a writer for the Wine Institute. In addition to writing about food and wine (eventually including several more books), he also wrote about California literature, and was a book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle for 14 years. He currently lives in London with his wife and son, and and continues to write books, and journalism on food and wine for Decanter magazine. His blogs include:, and For further information on San Francisco's North Beach, or Chinatown, (the subject of his two latest e-books), see the Facebook pages entitled The Flavor of North Beach Revisited, or The Flavor of Chinatown Revisited.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but still quite enjoyable 26 Jun. 2005
By Esther Schindler - Published on
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You can't throw a wine cork without finding a book written for wine newbies. There's plenty of information for someone wholly new to the subject. What's harder to find is a book for someone like me, who knows the general differences between grape varieties but is far from confident in ordering or picking a bottle for dinner.

Despite its age -- this book dates from 1996 -- A Perfect Glass of Wine does the job. St. Pierre covers each grape variety in detail (5 or 6 pages), as well as a worthwhile section on choosing glassware and accessories (corkscrews and decanters). You'll also find lots of pretty photos, though they add no illumination to the text.

The book is entertaining for the anecdotes (such as a story about the Rhone Rangers, fans of Rhone wines). However, it's especially educational for people who want more than a description of riesling's acidity or even which dishes work well with it (the author recommends cold, cracked Dungeness crab and sourdough, for instance).

St. Pierre includes these, but what I found most valuable was his unabashed opinions about wines from each geography. For instance, still in the riesling section, he says, "California has had success with both styles, but not enough . . . They had great fun challenging Germany's best, but consumers, not sure of what they were getting when they bought a bottle, opted out."

The writing is often simply great, including quotes that make the wine business seem personal ("As Dan Duckhorn, one of the prime [Merlot] movers, later said wryly, 'We had a steep experience curve.'"). And he explains the variations in, say, Merlot, in terms understandable to a not-quite-beginner.

You DO have to keep in mind that the book is dated. From the text, it's evident that the pinot-grigio-everywhere craze hadn't quite taken off when this was written. But so what? I really enjoyed this book, and I think you will, too.
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Worth Considering 10 Oct. 2012
By PAUL DEBARY - Published on
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It was quite revolutionary in 1996 for a British wine writer to approach to wine from a varietal rather than a regional perspective. St. Pierre had worked at the Wine Appreciation Guild in San Francisco, however, and was more in touch with New World perspectives on wine. He didn"t assume that a straightforward listing of red and whites in order of popularity would be the best way for his readers to learn about varieties. Rather, he organized them by the intensity of the wines they produce. He also bothers to address some things that might have been confusing to readers at the time, such as the mislabeling that had been prevalent in the '60 and `70's in the United States and discusses wine styles and food and wine pairing, although he took that to a much higher level in his 2001 book The Perfect Match. The book benefits from a nice layout and beautiful photographs. I still recommend it to friends as the best introductory book currently on the market, even though many others have been written since. There is a surprising amount of detail packed into little more than 100 pages and the book is nicely written. However, it makes the assumption that the reader will absorb a straightforward exposition of facts without needing much handholding. While most of the people I have recommended it to report back that they enjoyed it, many have confessed that they didn't "study it" well enough for them to improve their wine selection skills or to feel comfortable talking to a retailer or sommelier.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 11 Sept. 2012
By BB - Published on
I am new to the world of wine and this book has given me a little directing in wide etiquette. The pictures are vibrant and clear, and the information is very informative.
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