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Wine Style: Using Your Senses to Explore and Enjoy Wine Hardcover – 25 Oct 2005

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Have you ever felt uneasy or overwhelmed when buying or ordering wine? Do you long for a different, more personal way to choose and drink wine? If the answer to either question is "yes," then this is the book for you. It will help you discover wines you like and make informed choices by introducing you to wine styles. With an unpretentious approach that′s as inviting as a glass of a favorite wine, respected wine experts Mary Ewing–Mulligan and Ed McCarthy identify twelve distinct wine styles, or taste categories, including four for red wine and four for white wine. The style "Soft, Fruity Reds," for example, encompasses many U.S. Merlots, most Beaujolais, many Burgundies and other Pinot Noirs, several Southern Italian reds, and similar wines. The guide details the taste profile that characterizes each style—whether a wine: Is light or full bodied Has a soft or firm texture (mouth feel) Has a low or high flavor intensity You′ll also find the wine regions and grape varieties that commonly fall into each style to help you narrow down your choices, as well as detailed lists featuring wines you might want to try. When you discover a wine you genuinely enjoy for a particular occasion or with certain foods, you′ll want to explore other wines of that style. Best of all, you will feel free to experiment and ask specific questions of waiters, sommeliers, and wine shop experts to find the wines that you like. Complete with suggestions for pairing wine with food and two wine wheel illustrations for easy visual reference, this practical, personal guide will help you learn how to taste and appreciate wine and make up your own mind—comfortably and confidently.

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Which Wine Style Matches Your Taste? Who knows more about great wine than you? No one—when it comes to what wines will actually be "great" to your taste. Wine labels and recommendations can help you make choices, but ultimately you are the best judge of the right wines for you. Wine Style classifies and describes wines by different tastes, or styles—including four for red wines and four for whites—to make it easier for you to identify wines you like. You don′t have to memorize the details of wine regions and grape varieties or master wine vocabulary to select a good bottle of wine—though if you want to delve that deeply, this book is a great starting place. Wine Style inspires and empowers you to explore wine with an adventurous spirit and to discover wines that you enjoy. Cheers! "Not only do we get the usual erudition and insight on the glory and beauty of wine from Mary and Ed, but in this inspired volume we get profound expertise in everyday terms. Drinking and learning about wine is stimulating and fun. Reading Wine Style is more than mouth–watering; it gets all the senses excited." —Charlie Trotter "Finally, a (soon–to–be) grape–stained guide that speaks to wine lovers in their native tongue: Taste! In penning Wine Style, Mary Ewing–Mulligan and Ed McCarthy have crafted a book for everyone —and anyone—who ever felt frustrated connecting their palate preferences to a pleasing bottle of vino." —Joshua Wesson, Co–founder/Chairman of Best Cellars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If You Think That You Already Know About Wine, Then Read This Book! 29 Mar. 2010
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This book deserves more attention from wine-lovers like me than it seems to have gotten.

It is not a book for wine novices, I think. For them, a more general book--like "Wine for Dummies", written by these very same authors--would be a better choice. However, if you already know something about wine regions and wine varietals, and if you already have tasted a range of wines in an informed way, then this book is the next step in your wine education.

The authors identify and describe 12 worldwide "wine styles" (i.e., grouping wines by how they TASTE): four red-wine styles, four-white whine styles, two rose-wine styles, and two sparkling-wine styles. This is a very useful--and somewhat novel--way to approach wine. It presumes (correctly, I think) that when you are deciding which wine to open for dinner, for sipping, etc., the most important consideration is how it actually will taste, in broad terms. The authors have taken their expert knowledge of wines and applied it in a very original way to give us a new framework with which to make wine choices. I was impressed by how well-organized and thorough this little book is, while being very readable at the same time.

What did I get out of this book? Among other things, I came to see that there is a "fresh and spicy" style of red wine, typified by Argentinian Malbec, which I now have tasted for the first time, and love. And the same for Argentinian Viognier, an "aromatic white". I also am starting to try "earthy whites", which I never had understood before. I'm sure that sooner or later I will re-read this book, looking for more insights such as these. Kudos to the authors for a job well done!
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If you would like a refreshing, easy read, and understandable discussion of grapes, this is it. The author presents her message without the typical snobbish manner often found in wine books. Not only does this book read like a novel - hard to put away, she manages to convey a clear understanding and appreciation for wine styles and how the various styles are developed. This a truly a fine book of wine to be enjoyed by anyone!
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great wine book 5 Feb. 2009
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This book was very informative and helped me understand how to better categorize wine while I am tasting it. The wine wheel was a great addition.
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