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What's a Wine Lover to Do? (March 24, 2011)

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by Dean Tudor, www.deantudor.com

What's a Wine Lover to Do? (Artisan, 2010; distr. T. Allen, 372 pages, ISBN 978-1-57965-370-5, $17.95 US paper covers) is by Wes Marshall, wine columnist for many newspapers and magazines in the US. He also authored and produced The Wine Roads of Texas for a publisher and PBS.

It's another primer in Artisan's "What to do?" series, a sort of upscale dummy guide or self-help series. It is billed as an illustrated guide with 334 essential oenophile pointers and tips. It's a classy inexpensive introduction, with colour pix, presented in Q and A style with plenty of lists. So there is the ground work of wine regions, wine grapes, wine types, wine and food matching, wine tasting, wine shopping (for US), and so forth.

He also tackles how to find Cabernet bargains, how to "talk chardonnay," speak with a sommelier, predict the taste of a wine from the label, and other matters including how to wash glasses. There's even a section on vegan wines.

Audience and level of use: Beginner

Some interesting or unusual facts: He has a table of wine defects for returning wines (corked, cooked, oxidized, volatile acidity, brett, and sulphur, although the latter can disperse when poured).

The downside to this book: Do we need another wine primer, even if it is classy?

The upside to this book: It doesn't use the word "demystify", preferring to use "mystify."

Quality/Price Rating: 89

 

 

 

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