THE MOST COMPLETE WINE BOOK EVER. A must for anyone who loves wine, whether they are a pro or an amateur. Thorough, authoritative, and entertaining. (Robert Mondavi, founder and chairman emeritus of the Robert Mondavi Family of Wines)
"The most informative and entertaining book I've ever seen on the subject." (Danny Meyer, co-author of The Union Square Cafe Cookbook)
The essentials: The romance and intrigue of Burgundy of sauvignon blanc and the surprising elegance of Spain's top Riojas. Italy, one of wine's most enchanting and ancient homelands. What makes a great wine great? The reason behind Champagne's bubbles. The precise and food-friendly wines of Germany. California, wine's Camelot. The lip-smackingly good wines of Australia. The complexities of Port revealed. How a vineyard profoundly affects a wine's character.
Plus, matching wine with food - and mood. The secrets of professional wine tasters and how to expand your wine-tasting vocabulary. And everything else you need to know to buy, store, serve, and enjoy the world's most captivating beverage.
The shimmering elegance of Veuve Clicquot, affordable luxury in a glass, page 185.
Ravishing, elegant, and rich, Petrus in Ingrid Bergman in red satin, page 156.
Some wines are like people... they get better as they get older, pg. 64.
Sherry, the world's most misunderstood and underappreciated wine, page 437.
about Karen MacNeil
Called by Time magazine “America’s missionary of the vine,” Karen MacNeil is an American wine educator, consultant, and author, who has won every major wine award given in the English language. She is the creator and chairman of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. Her articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, U.S.A. Today, and Town & Country. She was the wine correspondent for the Today Show and host of the Emmy-award winning PBS series, Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil. Karen has created and starred in dozens of her own wine video series, The Back Label, and has created dozens of one-of-a-kind wine seminars for corporations, including Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, GE, UBS, World Presidents Organization, and Singapore Airlines. She lives with her family in St. Helena, California.