THE WINE SAVANT by Michael Steinberger
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A Guide to the New Wine Culture
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Informative, easily digested how-to guide to enjoying modern wines.

Men’s Journal wine columnist Steinberger (Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine and the End of France, 2009) offers historical, practical and enjoyable advice on the current wine landscape. From the five elements that create a fine wine to the five must-have books on wine (other than this one) to lists of the best brands of reds and whites, the author’s assistance flows readily from the page to readers. He examines the Parker method of critiquing wine and offers his own methodology so readers can learn how to judge for themselves what constitutes a good bottle. Do you need guidance on how to store wine, what wines pair well with what food, or the definitions of "corked" or "spoofulated"? Steinberger delivers the answers. Unafraid to state his opinions on sauvignon blanc or California chardonnay, the author backs his dislike with solid reasons and then proceeds to offer readers better alternatives to his hated wines. His knowledge is not limited to northern European or California wines, as he examines the differences among 10 rising stars in the wine world. Aware that money might play a factor in one's ability to purchase a good Burgundy, riesling or Vouvray, Steinberger provides a list of "Fifty of the World's Great $25 and Under Wines," which itself makes the book worthy of shelf space. The author’s enthusiasm for wine is infectious, and his desire to lead readers to the best of the best is irresistible. With his lists in hand, those new to the world of viticulture and vintners, as well as practiced oenophiles, will gain invaluable assistance as they peruse the multitude of available possibilities.

Educational, entertaining information on navigating the world of wines.

Pub Date: Dec. 3rd, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-393-08271-5
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Norton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2013


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