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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bluffer's; Revised edition (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909365203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909365209
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A snappy little book containing facts, jargon, and inside information--all that readers need to know to hold their own among the experts.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
I thought this was terrific. I had the good fortune to be sent a few of these Bluffer's Guides for review by the publisher: they are pocket-sized and only around 150 pages long and I have found them all amusing, informative and very enjoyable. This is one of the best. The Guides are, in fact, a bluff in themselves because although they purport to be a handbook for those who simply want to bluff their way, they use this as a cover for providing lots of very sound fact, written by people who really know and love their subject while being very witty about it and often scathing about the pretence which surrounds it.

I suspect that this will be read by a lot of people who, like me, aren't experts by any means but drink quite a lot of wine (yes, doctor, I know - sorry) and have picked up a fair bit of basic knowledge of grapes, regions and so on from the experience and from reading labels. This Bluffers' Guide is a witty, erudite, shrewd and pretence-free guide to may of the things we know a bit about and lots and lots we don't from super-basics to some quite out-of-the-way snippets. It contains invaluable tips on where good wine is currently made and what to look out for, in the guise of giving you nuggets to show off with. As an example of their style: "Napa's wines are like Hollywood teeth: huge, unnervingly bright and faintly unbelievable," which made me smile.

Where it is really helpful is in the deep knowledge of its authors who are ruthless and direct in separating quality and important fact from myth and pretension. They explain (and debunk where necessary) a lot of the stuff written and said about wine, and it's a delightfully unpretentious and enjoyable read throughout.

Warmly recommended to anyone with any interest in wine. It's fun to read and a source of masses of really helpful information and opinion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lock on 31 Mar. 2014
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This is a great book if you like a glass now and again and want to know more about wine. As others have said it is a very tongue in cheek guide and there are some real laugh out loud parts, but don't be fooled, for such a small book it packs a lot of excellent information on all kinds of wine as well as port and sherry.

This makes an excellent gift for wine lovers of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dawn waters on 16 Feb. 2014
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At the time of writing I am only about a third of the way through this guide but very much enjoying it. The book is informative in an easy to understand format and gives practical tips and information. Lots of humour too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
Some time ago I encountered a strange couple at a restaurant; a middle-aged man, who seemed really out of place, and a young model wannabe. When the waiter served the wine, the man first swirled the wine in the glass and said something to his very impressed date. He then brought the wine close to his nose and sniffing made another comment to the girl, and finally he confidently raised the glass to his ear and started to roll the glass on his hand, listening carefully. Clearly the poor man, in his effort to impress his date, confused the wine testing process with the cigar testing process and made a fool of himself, though I doubt the model wannabe could tell the difference.

Bluffing about your knowledge and pretending to be an expert on wine can be very difficult and risky, which is why this little book can be very useful. It is well written, concise, light and fun to read, and it has any wine related information a bluffer might need. The book includes sections on understanding wine types, wine lingo, grape varieties, different wine producing regions, and of course testing methods.

This book is packed with information and can be an invaluable tool for any bluffer, however it is not only for those who wish to pretend they know about wine, but also for those who wish to learn more. Although not a wine expert, I consider myself an informed and rather educated wine drinker, and I have to admit that I learned a lot from this book.

The author makes some generalizations, I don't necessarily agree with all the opinions expressed about specific wines and regions, and sometimes the humour is a little forced, but I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
Wine is not the easiest of subjects for a Bluffer's Guide. There really is just too much to know about it, and to be an accomplished bluffer in any subject you need to follow the maxim `In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king'. Unfortunately you are likely to come across wine buffs, and less knowledgeable, but still informed, wine experts, who are going to knock what you have gleaned from this little book into a cocked hat.

If you really know very little to nothing about wine, you are going to learn enough here to avoid appearing totally ignorant as it is fair to say that an enormous amount of information has been crammed in here. No reflection on the author, but its just not possible to cover the subject in 150 odd pages of a very small format book. As an example, consideration of the wines of the Loire runs to just two pages. I know this region and these wines reasonably well, although I am by no means an expert, and it would be perfectly possible to write a whole book on this subject without adequately covering it.

So on one level, as a bluffers guide, this book is not going to succeed in making you appear to be the expert you are striving to look like, unless you are talking to someone with little knowledge of the subject. On the other hand it is an excellent grounding in the subject and is very impressive for such a small book. This is one bluffers guide where an index would have been useful as if, for example, you were looking for Zinfandel, there is a lot of ground to cover in your search.
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