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!
My wine-loving husband, likes to think he knows quite a lot about what he is buying and drinking but nevertheless found this book interesting and helpful. It is lightly and amusingly written, and is good for wine novices and the experienced alike.
A delightfully easy and engaging read that strips away the false aura and trepidation that many often associate with wine. The book allows the reader to navigate those niggling background questions and end up with answers that make it all seem so much more accessible and enjoyable. Along the way the book is fun, entertaining and empowering. We don't all want to know the 'ins and outs' of our favourite tipple, we just want to explore and enjoy and be at ease without feeling intimidated or, somehow, foolish due to lack of knowledge or understanding. A great read for wine aficiondaos and ever day drinkers alike and I heartily recommend it.
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 build schools in Sierra Leone - so you can read and drink with a clear conscience.)
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 really enjoyed this book and despite thinking I knew a thing or two about wine, learnt lots of useful information. The layout is good, the author is knowledgeable and writes well, the topics covered are good and the worthy cause (proceeds go to a good charity) all make this a worthwhile purchase.
A wonderfully informative and simple guide to the world of wine. Full of practical and myth-busting facts and written in a refreshingly approachable style. A great present for anyone interested in wine.