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The Wine Savant: A Guide to the New Wine Culture

The Wine Savant: A Guide to the New Wine Culture
  • Author : Michael Steinberger
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • File Size : 43,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2013-12-02
  • Total pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9780393082715
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Presents a guide to wine that is overflowing with practical advice on thinking about wine, becoming a shrewd wine buyer, and enjoying the wine you drink.

Representing Wine – Sensory Perceptions, Communication and Cultures

Representing Wine – Sensory Perceptions, Communication and Cultures
  • Author : Rosario Caballero,Ernesto Suárez-Toste,Carita Paradis
  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • File Size : 47,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2019-10-21
  • Total pages : 234
  • ISBN : 9789027261915
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Wine culture is a complex phenomenon of increasing importance in modern society, and it combines the joys of wine appreciation with the frustrations of trying to verbally communicate sensory impressions. While wine appreciation is traditionally characterized as joyously convivial in its social dimension, sensory impressions remain eminently private. This contrast explains why the language used to represent wine, or winespeak, is the object of increasing crossdisciplinary interest. This book analyzes the many different forms / many of the different forms of representing wine in present-day society, with a special emphasis on winespeak, starting from the premise that such study demands a genre approach to the many different communities involved in the wine world: producers/ critics/ merchants/ consumers. By combining the methodologies of Cognitive Linguistics and discourse analysis, the authors analyze extensive real-life corpora of wine reviews and multimodal artifacts (labels, advertisements, documentaries) to reflect on the many inherent difficulties but also to highlight the rich and creative figurative strategies employed to compensate for the absence of a proper wine jargon of a more unambiguous nature.

The Search for Good Wine

The Search for Good Wine
  • Author : John Hailman
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • File Size : 18,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2014-10-08
  • Total pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781626743847
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The Search for Good Wine is a highly entertaining and informative book on all aspects of wine and its consumption by nationally-syndicated wine columnist John Hailman, author of the critically-acclaimed Thomas Jefferson on Wine (2006). Hailman explores the wine-drinking experiences and tastes of famous wine-lovers from jolly Ben Franklin and the surprisingly enthusiastic George Washington to Julius Caesar, Sherlock Holmes, and Ernest Hemingway among numerous other famous figures. Hailman also recounts in fascinating detail the exotic life of the founder of the California wine industry, Hungarian Agoston Haraszthy, who introduced Zinfandel to the U.S. Hailman gives calm and reliable guidance on how to deal with snobby wine waiters and how to choose the best wine books and travel guides. He simplifies the ABCs of wine-grape types from the delicate pinot noirs of Oregon to the robust malbecs of Argentina and from the vibrant new whites of Spain to the great reds (old and new) of Italy. The entire book is dedicated to finding values in wine. As Hailman says, “Everyone always wants to know one basic thing: How can you get the best possible wine for the lowest possible price?” His new book is highly practical and effective in answering that eternal question and many more about wine. A judge at the top international wine competitions for over thirty years, Hailman examines those experiences and the value of “blind” tastings. He gives insightful tips on how to select a good wine store, how to decipher wine labels and wine lists, and even how to extract unruly champagne corks without crippling yourself or others. Hailman simplifies wine jargon and effectively demystifies the culture of wine fascination, restoring the consumption of wine to the natural pleasure it really should be.

Hidden Gems of Italy

Hidden Gems of Italy
  • Author : Tony Margiotta
  • Publisher : Tony Margiotta
  • File Size : 28,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2017-09-05
  • Total pages : 164
  • ISBN : 9781976134029
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CAN YOU FIND A $20 ITALIAN WINE THAT TASTES LIKE $50? The answer is Yes. This refined guide to Italian Wine turns you into a savvy shopper who enjoys luxury wine at value prices. If you like making your own buying decisions, then the Hidden Gem Formula will give you the tools you need to find deals on top-quality Italian wine. Wine insider Tony Margiotta gives you his blueprint to finding life-changing Italian Wines. Be "in the know" about Italian wine and your friends will praise you for your superb taste. GET THE INSIDE SCOOP ON: How to find top-class Italian wines that taste like $50, but only cost you $20 3 Mistakes that keep you away from Italy's best wine The Truth about 90-point wines, Super Tuscans, and Pinot Grigio The Single Easiest Clue to finding a quality Italian wine What the Big Wine Industry doesn't want you to know Velvety textures. Seductive aromas. Mouthwatering flavors. Hidden Gems of Italy leads you to the secret wines that your palate desires. Forget about all the connoisseur talk and nonsense. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, the shopping tips in this book will give you new ways to seek out these hidden Italian gems. Why deny yourself the best wine Italy offers? Begin your journey into the world of Italian wine now and find your first hidden gem this weekend. BONUS: Link to FREE COMPANION MATERIAL so you can sharpen your savvy shopping skills even further.

In Vino Duplicitas

In Vino Duplicitas
  • Author : Peter Hellman
  • Publisher : The Experiment
  • File Size : 22,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2018-08-21
  • Total pages : 279
  • ISBN : 9781615194957
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The “engrossing” (Wall Street Journal) story of the biggest con in wine history In 2002, Rudy Kurniawan, an unknown twentysomething, burst into the privileged world of ultrafine wines. Blessed with a virtuoso palate, and with a seemingly limitless supply of coveted bottles, Kurniawan quickly became the leading purveyor of rare wines to the American elite. But in April 2008, at a New York auction house, dozens of Kurniawan's trophy bottles were abruptly pulled from sale. Journalist Peter Hellman was there, and he began to investigate: Were the bottles fake? Were there others? And was Kurniawan himself a dupe . . . or had he ensnared the world's top winemakers, sellers, and drinks in a web of deceit?

The Booklovers' Guide To Wine

The Booklovers' Guide To Wine
  • Author : Patrick Alexander
  • Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
  • File Size : 14,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 2017-09-19
  • Total pages : 225
  • ISBN : 9781633536074
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Learn why great wines and great writers are a wonderful blend The pleasures of great wine and great writers: Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love-affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for the next sixty-five years. He has raised his own children in many of the world’s great wine growing regions, from Bordeaux and Piedmont in Europe to the Santa Cruz mountains of California while researching and writing his definitive guide to the novels of Marcel Proust. History of wine and some of the best wines: For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. The Booklover’s Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world's great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. It explores the significance of terroir and varietal, the differences between Old World and New World wines and explains why England, a small island with almost no vineyards, is such a dominant force in the world of wine. The book also shows the relationship between: • Charles Dickens with Cabernet Sauvignon • Jane Austin with Chardonnay • Shakespeare with Sherry • and, J.R.R. Tolkien with Albariño This fact-filled, jargon free guide to wine, bursting with entertaining anecdotes, literary quotes and compelling humor will teach you everything you always wanted to learn about wine but were too scared to ask. Learn about wine: Patrick Alexander originally developed the Wine Appreciation program when he worked at the University of Miami as Director of the Office of Professional Advancement. In the summer of 2011, after Patrick had left UM in order to focus on writing, Mitchell Kaplan suggested he offer his program at Books & Books during the quiet summer months. “It seems a pity to waste all that research” Mitchell said “and you never know; our book customers might want to learn about wine while enjoying great writers .” Six years, twenty-three sold-out classes, and four-hundred satisfied students later, Patrick Alexander's Wine Appreciation Program has become one of the highlights of Books & Books event programming. Patrick is also a published author and his writings include Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time and The Nigerian Letter. Now, by reading The Booklovers' Guide To Wine you can also experience what Patrick's students have come to love and appreciate about great wines and great writers.

The New California Wine

The New California Wine
  • Author : Jon Bonné
  • Publisher : Ten Speed Press
  • File Size : 54,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2013-11-05
  • Total pages : 306
  • ISBN : 9781607743002
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A comprehensive guide to the must-know wines and producers of California's "new generation," and the story of the iconoclastic young winemakers who have changed the face of California viniculture in recent years. The New California Wine is the untold story of the California wine industry: the young, innovative producers who are rewriting the rules of contemporary winemaking; their quest to express the uniqueness of California terroir; and the continuing battle to move the state away from the overly-technocratic, reactionary practices of its recent past. Jon Bonné writes from the front lines of the California wine revolution, where he has access to the stories, philosophies, and techniques of top producers. In this groundbreaking debut, Bonné paints an unflinching portrait of the current state of the industry: its strengths and shortcomings, its essential wines and those not worth pursuing. Lush full-color photographs, as well as a region-by-region tour of some of California’s lesser-known growing areas, reveal the people and places behind the bottles. Finally, a comprehensive purchasing reference lists all the must-know producers and their best wines, making The New California Wine an essential resource for finding and buying the very best the state has to offer.

The Brisket Book

The Brisket Book
  • Author : Stephanie Pierson
  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • File Size : 29,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2011-10-04
  • Total pages : 324
  • ISBN : 9781449406998
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An entertaining homage to a Sunday-supper staple packed with thirty recipes (some from notable chefs), as well as tips, stories, photos, and illustrations. Food writer, cookbook author, and brisket zealot Stephanie Pierson contends, “Some foods will improve your meal, your mood, your day, your buttered noodles. Brisket will improve your life.” Brisket is so easy to warm up to, no wonder everyone loves it. Families pass brisket recipes down like heirlooms. Chat rooms are full of passionate foodies giving passionate opinions about their briskets–and each one claims to have the best brisket recipe ever! When Angel Stadium of Anaheim introduced a BBQ brisket sandwich, it promptly won a national contest for best ballpark cuisine. This lively book offers everything from brisket cooking tips to chef interviews to butcher wisdom. Color photographs, illustrations, and graphics ensure that brisket has never looked better. The recipes include something for everyone: Beef Brisket with Fresh Tangy Peaches, Scandinavian Aquavit Brisket, Sweet-and-Sour Brisket, Barbecued Brisket Sandwiches with Firecracker Sauce, a Seitan Brisket (even people who don’t like meat love brisket), and a 100% Foolproof Bride’s Brisket. If brisket does indeed improve your life, then The Brisket Book promises to be the ultimate life-affirming resource for anyone who has savored–or should savor–this succulent comfort food. “A fun little book, very entertaining with terrific recipes from friends, family and chefs. It is indeed as intended, “A Love Story with Recipes.” —Sara Moulton, author of Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101 “The Brisket Book has a recipe for everyone, and it’ll turn you into the star of any potluck.” —The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles “Packed with history, wit, and expert opinions (including a list of fifty things about brisket that people disagree on), this book presents one of the world’s great comfort foods in all its lovable, chameleonlike glory, with recipes for corned beef, smoked brisket, Korean brisket soup, brisket burgers, and myriad Jewish braises, including Nach Waxman’s supposedly “most-Googled brisket recipe” of all, smothered in onions and virtually no liquid.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Red, White, and Drunk All Over

Red, White, and Drunk All Over
  • Author : Natalie MacLean
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • File Size : 40,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2010-12-15
  • Total pages : 229
  • ISBN : 9781408820650
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Natalie MacLean spent three years sipping her way through sun-drenched vineyards and cobwebbed cellars to bring us this witty, knowledgeable book about the world of wine. In the ancient vineyards of Burgundy she uncovers the secrets of Pinot Noir, then moves on to the labyrinthine cellars of Champagne to examine the mystique of luxury bubbly. She compares notes with novelist Jay McInerney at a bacchanalian dinner, goes undercover as a sommelier in a five-star restaurant, and explores the influence of powerful critics Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker. You may have a head for wine, but Red, White and Drunk All Over will show you its heart.


  • Author : Adam McDowell
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • File Size : 53,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2016-09-20
  • Total pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781101992760
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Expert Drinking Made Easy This engaging guide demystifies the art of ordering, preparing, and serving wine, beer and cocktails so you can drink like a boss every time. You’ll learn how to: Equip and stock a home bar Make a flawless martini Order wine without dying a little inside Choose a delicious sparkling wine instead of springing for Champagne Buy Scotch for the boss, and for yourself Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party, attending a business lunch, or relaxing with friends at the local brewery pub, you’ll gain the confidence to know exactly what you love to drink and serve. And if you want to know how to mix an Old Fashioned on an airplane, that’s in there too. Bottoms up!

36 Bottles of Wine

36 Bottles of Wine
  • Author : Paul Zitarelli
  • Publisher : Sasquatch Books
  • File Size : 16,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2018-09-18
  • Total pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781632171924
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Too much wine? Not last night, but at the wine store where it's bewildering to choose something good. In this friendly guide, a wine expert curates a shortlist of 36 bottles to try (3 varieties per month--a red, a white, plus something else like a sparkling or rose) and explains in an accessible, humorous style what and who makes each worth drinking. In addition, 30 recipes for monthly meals connect seasonal food to wine, composing beautiful sensory experiences. This book proves you don't need an encyclopedia when a handpicked selection delivers a world of wine.

A Curious Tale of the In-Between

A Curious Tale of the In-Between
  • Author : Lauren DeStefano
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • File Size : 30,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2015-09-01
  • Total pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781619636019
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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren DeStefano comes a delightful tale of a girl who can talk to ghosts that's perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Holly Black. Pram Bellamy is special--she can talk to ghosts. She doesn't have too many friends amongst the living, but that's all right. She has her books, she has her aunts, and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix. Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram's power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost. New York Times bestselling author Lauren DeStefano is beloved by critics and readers alike, and her middle grade debut is lyrical, evocative and not to be missed.

From Albariño to Torrontés

From Albariño to Torrontés
  • Author : Shea Sanderson
  • Publisher : Nouveau Press
  • File Size : 29,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2021-02-02
  • Total pages : 138
  • ISBN : 1735675326
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"I'm looking for something that tastes like Merlot but isn't Merlot - what do you have?" - Bored wine drinkers, everywhere Wouldn't it be nice if someone could walk you through those lesser-known wine varieties? Wouldn't you feel much more confident if you knew how to pronounce Gewürztraminer? Or, better yet, knew what it tasted like? You've come to the right book, my friend! Wine savant, Shea Sanderson, is here to help you grapple with the wines that lie beyond the most popular. In this fun, conversational, well-informed book, Sanderson will walk you through 25 of the world's most underrated wines. Written from the perspective of a wine-savvy best friend, From Albariño to Torrontés will teach you the ins and outs of lesser-known-yet-still-visible wine varieties and how to confidently choose the right bottle every time. In From Albariño to Torrontés, you'll uncover: Flavor descriptions in easy-to-understand, normal people's terms Which wine to choose for Valentine's Day, a kid's birthday party, a round of cigars, and other common life scenarios Nine unique French sparkling wines that aren't Champagne (but equally delectable) Personality descriptions for when you want to pair a wine with your mood, not your dinner And much, much more

Wild Winemaking

Wild Winemaking
  • Author : Richard W. Bender
  • Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC
  • File Size : 49,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2018-02-21
  • Total pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781612127903
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Making wine at home just got more fun, and easier, with Richard Bender’s experiments. Whether you’re new to winemaking or a seasoned pro, you’ll find this innovative manual accessible, thanks to its focus on small batches that require minimal equipment and use an unexpected range of readily available fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. The ingredient list is irresistibly curious. How about banana wine or dark chocolate peach? Plum champagne or sweet potato saké? Chamomile, sweet basil, blood orange Thai dragon, kumquat cayenne, and even cannabis rhubarb wines have earned a place in Bender’s flavor collection. Go ahead, give it a try.

Tequila & Tacos

Tequila & Tacos
  • Author : Katherine Cobbs
  • Publisher : Tiller Press
  • File Size : 52,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2020-10-20
  • Total pages : 176
  • ISBN : 9781982137595
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Sample the country’s most tantalizing tacos paired with equally inventive tequila-inspired cocktails—from seasoned food writer and libation enthusiast Katherine Cobbs. Tacos have been trending for years, and finally tequila is having its taco moment. While a crunchy, savory beef taco washed down with a frozen margarita is always acceptable, today the inspired options for what can be stuffed in an edible wrapper or blended with agave spirits are infinite. Behind the bar, the burgeoning array of top-shelf tequilas and mezcals available hold their own—and even outshine—liquor mainstays like vodka, gin, and bourbon. The ubiquitous tequila shot with requisite salt and lime chaser can’t compete with the complex, nuanced flavors of the finely crafted blanco, reposado, and añejo tequilas and smoky mezcals that deserve sipping and savoring. Featuring authentic classics like Tacos Al Pastor and Baja-style fish tacos, Tequila & Tacos also includes entirely new spins on the taco—such as fried Brussels sprout tacos, spicy cauliflower tacos in Indian paratha shells, or tempura-battered seaweed tacos cradling ahi tuna—paired with uncannily delicious cocktails crafted with the finest agave spirits, like a traditional tart Paloma cocktail rimmed with spiced salt or an eye-opening Mezcal Manhattan. Curated from bars and taco stands around the country, this book is a must-have for the taco and tequila aficionado.