Excellent book, full of wisdom presented in neat chunks enlivened by humour. The authors' depth of knowledge shines through. Its basic message is not to be intimidated by all the pretentiousness around wine, to trust our own taste and judgement. It gives factual, evidence-based answers to many of the questions. Great - would be a wonderful stocking filler for anyone who drinks wine.
I read an advance copy of this book and really enjoyed it - it is written very well and completely without the usual pretension you expect from wine writing. Above all it focusses on the pleasure of drinking wine in moderation, that all tastes are subjective, and that most of the rules and customs around wine are made to be broken!
Especially enjoyed the sections on how wine is actually made such as how rose differs from red, and the sections on corks and packaging which made complete sense and which I was ignorant of before.
And the fact that 100% of revenue is going directly to projects in Sierra Leone makes it taste even better!
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.