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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789480638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789480637
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,479,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Simon is the wine correspondent for The Sunday Times. She has authored many titles on food and wine and her book, Discovering Wine, has sold over 250,000 copies. She has won many awards including the Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the Year award in 1992 and the 1997 Premier Cru wine writing award. Joanna lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clockwino on 31 May 2009
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Its a real shame this book is now unavailable/ out of print as it is a great straight forward introduction to Wine that you can dip into as a reference or even use as part of an informal wine tasting course. Don't be fooled though there is plenty of detail for even an experienced wine drinker I teach a beginners evening class in Wine tasting and for many years recommended this to my students the only problem occurred when I was unable to tell them where to buy the book now resolved by Amazon. My suggestion is to buy the paperback which is robust and has lasted me several years - the last copy I bought was for one of my students without a computer.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Great Place To Start 28 Dec. 2001
By A. Stefanski - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Honestly, when it came down to it, I knew pretty much nothing about wine - other than there were a certain few I liked.
Finally, tired of feeling overwhelmed when even considering buying a wine, I decided it was time to learn more about the subject - and this book stood out on the shelf.
It gives a nice variety of information, apparently, everything needed to start heading into the world of wine. There are plenty of descriptions about the different types of grapes, the flavors each has, and where they are grown. There's a great section on tasting wine, including the various flavors that can be detected, and the proper way to do it. There's a large list of all the diferent types of wine - making it obviously clear there's more than just white, red, and blush wines.
It also tells you how to read the label on a bottle - even those not in English - to find the information about where it's grown, what kind of grapes make up the wine, and such.
Thanks to this book, I don't feel quite so lost anymore - but I realize there's a lot more to learn, but this book is like a great guide to help you know what you're looking for now.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great pictures, not so great content 21 Mar. 2006
By Baachus - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you want a wine book that has great photos this would fit the bill. If you also want a wine book that is very short on substance this is a good choice.

As an introductory text, "Wine: An Introduction" leaves a lot out. As a professional sommelier this was my very first text book and I must say that this book did not cover the basics of wine well at all.

The book only covers the top 6 main varietal grapes in a moderate level beginner of detail. The rest get anything from a sentence to possibly two paragraphs. Very little information about regions, regional styles, vinification, or the industry surrounding wine makes an appearance.

Want to know about grapes? Try buying "Vines, Grapes & Wines". Want to know about regions try "The World Atlas of Wine". Both are availible on Both are much, much better books at helping you find your bearings in the stormy seas of wine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An excellent introduction into the world of wine 21 Mar. 2007
By Gerald C. Bates - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was the assigned text book for the International Sommelier Guild Level 1 course. The material is well organized and concise. It provides a good introduction to wines from the grape, the regions in which they are grown, the wine making process, how to evaluate wine and food pairing. Joanna Simon provides a good place to start for anyone who wants to enjoy the amazing world of wine.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
beautiful to look at, fun to read 14 Dec. 2004
By E. Wee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favourite books on wine. I like the way the book presents Ms Simon's essays, has lists of useful facts and the pictures - gosh, its got pictures of wine grapes so ripe I'm tempted to eat them. Ms Simon's writing is simple and a joy to read, and for a starter book on wine, this is hard to beat.

Unfortunately, the negative reviews do have a point. It's not that the book is badly organized - the organization is logical and coherent. What went wrong is that the editors at DK gave a table of contents that makes people guess what's in each chapter. Terrible! An index is no substitute for a proper contents page.

A more detailed listing of sub-headings in the table of contents would tell people at a glance what's in the book and where to find it. We shouldn't be made to flip through the book deciphering exactly where was the part that dealt with deciphering wine labels. sigh.

Anyway, a very nice book to have.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An OK place to start 22 April 2002
By "triguy_todd" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book because it was published by DK. I have come to love all their books. The present a clear and direct path to get their point across. That did not seem the cae with this book. There was a not a good place to start. Rather it seemed that you had to jump around the book. It contains great information, just not organized the best.
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