From the Inside Flap
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 stylewhether 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 mindcomfortably and confidently.
From the Back Cover
Which Wine Style Matches Your Taste? Who knows more about great wine than you? No onewhen 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 stylesincluding four for red wines and four for whitesto 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 winethough 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 anyonewho ever felt frustrated connecting their palate preferences to a pleasing bottle of vino." Joshua Wesson, Co–founder/Chairman of Best Cellars