This book is excellent! This book is easy to read and understand for those who aren't knowledgeable about wine but want to understand more. I was so impressed I bought copies to give as Christmas Gifts and the recipients of those books also liked it and have bought it as gifts for other people! Testament to a great book!
You can’t beat this for a gift or stocking filler, for any friend who enjoys a glass of wine (or two, or three). It’s helpful, confidence-building, full of interesting anecdotes and info, and it contributes to a very good cause. Author Jerry Lockspeiser, who has been in the wine business for over 30 years, shares his inside knowledge, offering lots of useful info to help you choose your wine. Do more expensive wines always taste better? (Not always. Taste is personal.) Are supermarket own-label wines a good standard? (Overall, yes.) Should I trust the medals on wine bottles? (Don’t rely on medals to find a wine you will like the taste of.) And should you ever have some wine left over in the bottle, there’s advice on how best to store it. The key is to keep the oxygen out and the temperature down. So, stand the bottle of wine up in the fridge, but not in the fridge door where the wine will slosh around, mixing with air, every time you open and close the door. Or better still, pour the left-over wine into a small empty mineral water bottle, filling it as close the the top as possible. Aren’t you already warming to this author offering such down-to-earth, practical advice? The book gives you self-confidence as a chooser of wine. The main message is that you are the one who decides what a good wine is to you. What is the best wine? “There is no such thing as a universally best wine, only one that we personally like most.” The author’s proceeds from the book will be donated to The Millione Fondation to build primary schools in Sierra Leone. Each Christmas I find one present that fits the bill for lots of different friends, so I just buy 10 of the same thing. This book will be that present this year.
I’ve just read this wonderful book and immediately bought three other copies for friends. A terrific read and the most accessible (and engaging) book I’ve ever read about wine. Demystifies so much of the jargon in a way that underlines the author’s expertise, but without being in any way patronising. And the fact that all the proceeds go to such a wonderful cause is more than the icing on this cake. I can’t recommend highly enough and what a greatgift.
Jerry has got the style and tone of this book just right. I've been part of the wine trade for many years and loads of my friends have asked me similar questions to those Jerry has selected but he has expressed his answers in a clear, logical and concise way. Great illustrations too ! This book represents a brilliant gift opportunity, especially at Christmas, and I can thoroughly recommend it.