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.
A really enjoyable, informative and easy-to-read book. The short chapters are just the right length for dipping into; although I kept finding that, as I finished one chapter and saw the title of the next one, I'd think "OK, that's a really good question" - and read that one too. I wouldn't expect to describe a wine book as "hard to put down", but that's exactly what this is. This book would make a really good present (Christmas or any time!) for anyone who drinks wine, and I don't just mean a "wine buff" - I mean anyone (like me) who goes for the Chilean £4.99s in Sainsbury's or Tesco. (And all the author's revenue goes to help buildschools in Sierra Leone - so you can read and drink with a clear conscience.)
What's great about this little book is its readability. You can dip in and out for exactly the advice you need ( though I guess most wine enthusiasts, unlike headache-prone me, won't need advice on how to keep a bottle going for days...). I've been surprised at how much knowledge I retained, and having picked up a copy at the launch have ordered several more to distribute to my family. There's some dry humour, occasional acidity about snooty sommeliers, sweet illustrations. All in all a well-rounded offer for easy consumption. And you'll be helping to buildschools in Sierra Leone.Order this book now!
I received an advance copy of this book and was very interested given that my husband and I both work in the wine trade. I found it very readable and informative, and a lot less dry than some wine books can be. I would recommend it to any wine drinker (or potential wine drinker). I also think it is fantastic that 100% of the revenue will go to buildingschools in Sierra Leone.
An excellent little book! Great source of knowledge to arm yourself with before social functions. I particularly enjoyed the friendly, accessible and wryly humorous style of the author, which is absolutely opposed to the typical elitist snobbery of wine. Your Wine Questions Answers is in fact the anathema to elitism - given that all the proceeds go towards building primary schools in Sierra Leone. Great work Mr Lockspeiser!
I received an advanced copy last week. I really enjoyed reading it and I think it's a brilliant book to read if you know less about wine than the average wine merchant. Great that 100% of all revenue goes towards buildingschools in Sierra Leone!