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"A better and more entertaining introduction to wine would be hard to find... Highly recommended." --Wine & Spirits Magazine "Wine is one of life's great pleasures... I hope more people will relax and simply enjoy wine after this book." --Francis Ford Coppola, Proprietor, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery "Mulligan and McCarthy will make you smarter with every page.At the next "A better and more entertaining introduction to wine would be hard to find... Highly recommended." --Wine & Spirits Magazine "Wine is one of life's great pleasures... I hope more people will relax and simply enjoy wine after this book." --Francis Ford Coppola, Proprietor, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery "Mulligan and McCarthy will make you smarter with every page.At the next dinner party you will impress your friends." --Adam M. Strum, Editor and Publisher Wine Enthusiast Magazine Do you panic when the waiter hands you the wine list because you don't know a Chardonnay from a Cabernet Sauvignon?Do you know what to do when the waiter hands you the cork? Well you don't have to be intimidated anymore! Wine for Dummies is the down-to-earrth, one-stop wine resource that teaches you everything: Open , serve, and store wine properly Read and understand a wine label Distinguish good wine from bad with ease Tast the "elements of wine" like body, flavor, and balance Select wine for any meal or special occasion with confidence Navigate your way through a wine shop like a pro Enjoy fine wine without spending a lot of money


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"A better and more entertaining introduction to wine would be hard to find... Highly recommended." --Wine & Spirits Magazine "Wine is one of life's great pleasures... I hope more people will relax and simply enjoy wine after this book." --Francis Ford Coppola, Proprietor, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery "Mulligan and McCarthy will make you smarter with every page.At the next "A better and more entertaining introduction to wine would be hard to find... Highly recommended." --Wine & Spirits Magazine "Wine is one of life's great pleasures... I hope more people will relax and simply enjoy wine after this book." --Francis Ford Coppola, Proprietor, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery "Mulligan and McCarthy will make you smarter with every page.At the next dinner party you will impress your friends." --Adam M. Strum, Editor and Publisher Wine Enthusiast Magazine Do you panic when the waiter hands you the wine list because you don't know a Chardonnay from a Cabernet Sauvignon?Do you know what to do when the waiter hands you the cork? Well you don't have to be intimidated anymore! Wine for Dummies is the down-to-earrth, one-stop wine resource that teaches you everything: Open , serve, and store wine properly Read and understand a wine label Distinguish good wine from bad with ease Tast the "elements of wine" like body, flavor, and balance Select wine for any meal or special occasion with confidence Navigate your way through a wine shop like a pro Enjoy fine wine without spending a lot of money

30 review for Wine for Dummies (Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Penelope Douglas

    A good comprehensive guide, liked the humor, and the narrator was easy to listen to. Learned that there actually is a reason to sniff, swirl, and let wines breathe. If not for this guide, I would've dumped out a whole bottle Precipice Pinot Noir after the first sip. It tasted so much better after an hour of letting it breathe. Also learned a lot about champagne that I didn't know, like how "sparkling wine" IS champagne that's not produced in Champagne, France. I thought they were different. Mind A good comprehensive guide, liked the humor, and the narrator was easy to listen to. Learned that there actually is a reason to sniff, swirl, and let wines breathe. If not for this guide, I would've dumped out a whole bottle Precipice Pinot Noir after the first sip. It tasted so much better after an hour of letting it breathe. Also learned a lot about champagne that I didn't know, like how "sparkling wine" IS champagne that's not produced in Champagne, France. I thought they were different. Mind blown. I probably would've absorbed more if I'd read the book, since I learn better by sight than sound, but it was a great use of my time while I cleaned house in the morning and got ready for my day. Now 'm excited to drag my husband out for wine tastings! Woohoo!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Taylor

    Overall this is a good book, worthy of a four star review. The reason for my two star review is because of Chapter 7, Confronting a Restaurant Wine List. This is the one chapter that obviously is written by people who don't have experience in the area they are talking about and didn't bother to consult with people who do before making some bold assumptions. This chapter is full of misinformation, negative assumptions, and directions on how to conduct yourself in a restaurant that if followed, ma Overall this is a good book, worthy of a four star review. The reason for my two star review is because of Chapter 7, Confronting a Restaurant Wine List. This is the one chapter that obviously is written by people who don't have experience in the area they are talking about and didn't bother to consult with people who do before making some bold assumptions. This chapter is full of misinformation, negative assumptions, and directions on how to conduct yourself in a restaurant that if followed, make for a less enjoyable dining experience. In short, this chapter tells you to be infuriated by a lot of things that are just standard restaurant protocol. I have worked in fine dining restaurants as a server and captain for many years. Ordering wine at a restaurant and talking shop with the server or sommelier once you have some wine knowledge is a fun part of the experience for all who are involved. It is a shame that this book has the potential to ruin that for its readers by putting a negative spin on a lot of things that are just normal happenings with restaurant wine lists and dinner service. So I'm going to quickly address some of the points: 1. It starts by saying that it is infuriating that wine lists sometimes only tell you the name and price and that sometimes they won't have the wine you ordered in stock that night. Well, if a wine list with 500 bottles had an extra two lines describing each bottle, the list would be so overwhelming and take forever to get through. You could have 50 Cabernets in a row that all say "Notes of chocolate, leather, cassis and tannins". You're going to judge the wine by the familiarity with the producer, vintage, region and questions you ask your server. The wine you ordered could be a bottle that customers rarely order, but randomly the previous night a large party ordered all the bottles in house and the restaurant had to place an order and wait 3 business days to get more. It happens no matter how nice and on top of things a restaurant is. It's not because they don't care, forgot to place an order, or just didn't bother to update the wine list, as the book suggests. 2. They also tell you to ask your server how long the bottle of wine has been opened if you decide to do wine by the glass. They say that no wine is fresh enough to serve the next day. Well, in reality all decent restaurants keep track of when their bottles were opened and gas their wines at night or have them hooked up to machines that air seal the wine. If it tastes old, you can ask your server about it. But don't automatically ask every single time you order a glass of wine. That's just tacky and a good way to kill rapport early on in the dining experience. If you do ask, ask them to check with the bartender on when the bottle was opened. Don't just expect them to know the exact time that all 22 wines by the glass were opened. 3. This chapter also tells you to be upset if only one wine list is presented to the table and demand more because that is an "outmoded convention". Wine lists are big books that restaurants don't have as many of as they do menus. Usually even though a discussion happens, one person decides on the bottle. The server isn't trying to be sexist or old-fashioned. You can ask for another list, but don't waste energy being negative over something that isn't insulting. You'll be annoyed every time you go out to eat before you even get water service if you expect your server to automatically assume everyone needs a copy of the wine list. 4. "Be aware of low to high pricing". This part tells you to be insulted by a wine list that presents the wines in ascending order from lowest to highest price. They say this is done to make you feel guilty and buy more expensive wine further down the list. That is a ridiculous assumption that has 0% base in reality. It's simply not true. People have a price range and a varietal in mind when they walk in. It makes it so much easier for them to look at different wines in their range right next to each other than to be flipping back and forth between pages trying to remember the wines in the same price range. 5. Wine prices versus retail. When you're going out to a nice restaurant, if you sit there and price out how much potatoes cost at Safeway versus your baked potato, a bottle of Absolut versus your two martinis, etc., you'll drive yourself crazy and not enjoy your meal. Yes, restaurants have higher price margins on their wine and liquor, but that is how the business model works, period. Keeping a restaurant profitable is very difficult and they're not doing it to gouge customers. 6. Wine service. There is a section that actually is called "Wine List Power Struggles". It tells you that servers often don't give you enough time before they come back to the table. You need to stand your ground and don't let the server bully you into making a hasty choice. Well, the server comes back to the table after a few minutes to see if you have any questions and then gives you more time. They don't do it to pressure you. Once again, this book is dangerously planting an idea in it's readers minds that could make a dining experience go south from the beginning. If servers always gave every guest 10 minutes to look at the wine list, they would have a lot more customers upset over slow service than they would happy guests who appreciate the extra time to look over the list. If you always expect 10 minutes of uninterrupted time and feel pressured if the server returns after a few minutes, you'll always be disappointed. But it's just standard service. This part also encourages being insulted if women are poured first and if the server tries to refill your glasses instead of letting you pour yourself. If that really is something that bothers you, not just because you read it in the book, then politely tell your server you like to pour for yourself once the bottle is open. But don't wait for him/her to try and then act insulted because they tried to do something that is standard restaurant protocol. Other than this chapter, it's a great book for touching the surface on all the basic aspects of wine knowledge. They just dropped the ball in the restaurant chapter.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Huang

    [Book rec. from R. Sterling in "How to Eat around the world"]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Wine for Dummies is a great book for both the experienced and novice wine drinker. The Introduction goes through how the book is organized and which parts of the book should be read, depending on what the reader is interested in. Pretty much every aspect of wine is covered -grape varieties, how wine is made and regulated in various countries, how to read a wine label or restaurant wine list, and much more. The really technical information is labeled as such and can easily be skipped. I liked that Wine for Dummies is a great book for both the experienced and novice wine drinker. The Introduction goes through how the book is organized and which parts of the book should be read, depending on what the reader is interested in. Pretty much every aspect of wine is covered -grape varieties, how wine is made and regulated in various countries, how to read a wine label or restaurant wine list, and much more. The really technical information is labeled as such and can easily be skipped. I liked that the tone of the book was very conversational and not at all pretentious. The authors actually have a sense of humor about wine and seemed to make an effort to make wine less intimidating for the reader. This will be a book that I refer to often and has me more interested in wine than ever. Before this book, I had a few brands that I stuck to but now I'm looking forward to trying new and different wines. I didn't realize how many choices there are out there. That's one hazard of reading this book - I was craving wine the whole time I was reading!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wira Rohandi

    "I only drink Champagne when I'm happy, and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty." - Madame Lily Bollinger

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I am now prepared to read and understand a wine list, and order a glass of (Italian) wine that I will enjoy. In a way, this feels like it's just the beginning, but I know I can never be a wine snob.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Packed with good information. Will make a better as need-to-know resource rather than sit down and read cover to cover.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    The "For Dummies" series has been an intriguing enterprise. The use of the term "Dummies" could be considered offputting--yet the series has obviously done well, as more and more volumes are developed. I have found many of the books useful to me. And this is another in that group. I know enough about wine to get by. This volume, though, adds a context to my knowledge of wine that I appreciate. The purpose is presented at the outset (Page 1): "We want you and everyone else to enjoy wine. . .--rega The "For Dummies" series has been an intriguing enterprise. The use of the term "Dummies" could be considered offputting--yet the series has obviously done well, as more and more volumes are developed. I have found many of the books useful to me. And this is another in that group. I know enough about wine to get by. This volume, though, adds a context to my knowledge of wine that I appreciate. The purpose is presented at the outset (Page 1): "We want you and everyone else to enjoy wine. . .--regardless of your experience or your budget." The first chapter is titled "Wine 101," and it provides the background to understands wine better. It covers issues such as how wine is made, the difference between reds and whites (and "blushes" or pinks), and such. Chapter 2 talks about the language and experience of wine. It concludes with a nice distinction between good wines and bad wines--with a claim that few wines are really bad anymore. Chapter 3 addresses the variety of grapes that help define a wine (a subject that can confuse)--pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and pinot grigio. Chapter 4? "The wine name game" starts the chapter off. Also, there is a section that helps understand the label on the bottle. Etc. Other features: a country by country, region by region analysis of wines. There is, of course, an analysis of French, Italian, German, and American wines. Also, a nice discussion of South American winemaking. There is also a chapter on champagne. The book concludes by looking at answers to ten questions about wine (e.g., What's the best wine?) and addresses what the book considers to be 10 myths about wine (e.g., Old wines are good wines). All in all, a well written book that is a good read. And a helpful tutor for those who want to know more about wine.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is a brief introduction to wine for people who normally drink beer, from what glass to use to how to describe flavors this book will help you fake knowledge about wine. Made for the American market for American wine drinkers with only a nod to the most famous European wines, the focus is on Californian wines and Oregon (Really, Oregon? I had no idea they made wine in Oregon). This book will appeal to anyone looking to appear knowledgeable about wine. We listened to the book while driving fro This is a brief introduction to wine for people who normally drink beer, from what glass to use to how to describe flavors this book will help you fake knowledge about wine. Made for the American market for American wine drinkers with only a nod to the most famous European wines, the focus is on Californian wines and Oregon (Really, Oregon? I had no idea they made wine in Oregon). This book will appeal to anyone looking to appear knowledgeable about wine. We listened to the book while driving from one degustation to the next in Burgundy, and there was little mention of wines from this area. There were some entertaining points, but I think the best way to learn about wine is to talk to people who love wine and drink a little while you are listening to them. Another disappointment was the narrow focus on Champagne while fully ignoring all other sparkling wines like Prosecco or Cava. I did end up giving it three stars because I truly enjoyed the section about the American obsession with grape varieties, which, by the way, is ruining the French wine industry. Our favorite winemaker in Provence has been blending wines for generations to create a uniquely drinkable wine, has started producing a Merlot for export. Why? Because American consumers believe that certain grapes are better than others. Like you would forsake Granny Smiths the rest of your life, eating only Gala apples? You would not do that! Admit it. So, I was genuinely happy when this chapter concluded that if you are hooked on a grape type you don’t get it, go back to your beer. Which is what we have been mumbling about for years, or at least every time I hear someone order a “Char”. Egads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    This is a great primer for anyone who wants to learn more about wines and wine terminology. I learned some interesting things and this book explains things clearly and succinctly. The one thing I realized while reading this is that I actually don't care that much. There are other things in the world that are much more interesting to me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MÉYO

    I read this fascinating book during my wine drinking phase.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Reshma Patel

    My dad got this book for me as a joke because he knows how much I love my wine. lol I actually ended up reading it and glad I did. I have an even greater appreciation for wine... there is so much to know! It is really easy to read, and I especially liked learning about the different types of wine made all over the world. There is something in here for every level, whether you're a novice or a connoisseur.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tiago Soares

    As a wine producer it is important for me not only to know about the type of wines I produce, but also to have knowledge about other wine making regions. This book delivers great content; easy to read, sometimes funny, and like the title suggest, for dummies. If you are slightly interested in knowing about regions and some other curiosities about winemaking, this is a good read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I read this when I started to get serious about wines and it was great. Easy to read, interesting, and very enjoyable. My favorite thing was learning all the correct pronunciations... nobody wants to be that person at a fancy wine gathering!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Simon Mirkovic

    Although I'm not that much into wine, being it the theory of it or simply drinking it; I enjoyed reading this book and I actually remembered quite a number of facts so my friends now turn to me and ask what wine to buy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    There aren’t many audiobooks about wine available at my library, but I still felt like a learned a few things about wine through this book. A good starting place so I can start looking for more specific books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Clear cut wine insight & practical advise. Clear cut wine insight & practical advise.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Frazier

    Easy read, entertaining and great for a new wine drinker who wishes to learn about all type's of wine.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    Everything I expected in a primer. Just in time to get my snob on at the holiday parties.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christina Marcon

    Good! I learned some new things and it was really easy reading!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shawn P

    Finally finished this multi-month reading project! Probably my most ambitious self-learning initiative since my business Chinese courses. Now I can tell "body" from "finish"...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I really like this book. I would say most people don’t know the information in this book and could benefit from reading it. The title is kind of misleading but I found it very interesting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Steenson

    Nice place to start meeting my goal of knowing more about wine in 2020!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    This book gave me a good basic knowledge of wine and the different types.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adam Rabiner

    You generally know what you are getting with the "Dummies" series. No fancy illustrations or photographs (though a whole slew of icons 7 icons with various meanings: Real Deal, Remember, Worth the Search, Snob Alert, etc. I have always found these books well written by experts and unpretentious. While I may not like the look of the generic yellow covers, I appreciate the fact that the bland appearance and lack of high production values of these books keeps the price down. When I I've looked to b You generally know what you are getting with the "Dummies" series. No fancy illustrations or photographs (though a whole slew of icons 7 icons with various meanings: Real Deal, Remember, Worth the Search, Snob Alert, etc. I have always found these books well written by experts and unpretentious. While I may not like the look of the generic yellow covers, I appreciate the fact that the bland appearance and lack of high production values of these books keeps the price down. When I I've looked to boost my knowledge on a computer program (Microsoft Access, Quickbooks) I was never averse to buying a Dummies book, whatever that implied about my subject matter knowledge, or lack thereof. But wine? Was I prepared to declare myself an ignoramus, on this particular subject no less, one that prides itself on a certain snobbish appeal. While yes! And I am glad I did. Certified Wine Educator Ed McCarthy and Master of Wine Mary Ewing-Milligan walk you through the comprehensive world of wine, introducing you to the basics but then quickly diving in deep on particular important wine producing countries and regions. When you've completed this book, which is a surprisingly quick read, not only will you have a lot of great tips on particular wines to try, you'll also be equipped with new knowledge of where to buy wine at a good price, how to cellar and age it properly, how best to handle ordering it in a store or restaurant, and a lot more. And best of all, these two authors, while clearly fonts of knowledge and lovers of wine, also realize at the end of the day this is just fermented grape juice. They want to educate, but at the end of the day they want you to relax and enjoy and not take it all too seriously. Exactly the same philosophy of the Dummies series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is a good basic overview of wine and wine purchasing. The book focuses mostly on what labels tell you, myths of wine, and the vocabulary behind the subject. Critics of the book have pointed out that the authors spend a lot of time focused on the main wine producing areas of the world (France, Italy, California, etc.) and don't get into the smaller production areas. I think that makes sense in a book like this. There is plenty of information for getting you started on decoding variety of grap This is a good basic overview of wine and wine purchasing. The book focuses mostly on what labels tell you, myths of wine, and the vocabulary behind the subject. Critics of the book have pointed out that the authors spend a lot of time focused on the main wine producing areas of the world (France, Italy, California, etc.) and don't get into the smaller production areas. I think that makes sense in a book like this. There is plenty of information for getting you started on decoding variety of grapes and regions of growing, but if you want to know smaller areas of wine, you will have to do more exploring. This book is ideal for people trying to discover "their" wine of choice and how to best shop and serve wine. It is not for people looking for regional, in-depth information on a variety of vintners.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    The title of this book might scare you off and that would be a shame. Wine for Dummies is a very informative book, full of great knowledge for newbies and reference information that any wine lover might need to call on. I read the newest edition, which had been updated with extremely current details - always important with this kind of book. I used it as a study guide during my wine course and felt it was a great tool for that. I'm sure I'll be picking this up again when I need a refresher on a The title of this book might scare you off and that would be a shame. Wine for Dummies is a very informative book, full of great knowledge for newbies and reference information that any wine lover might need to call on. I read the newest edition, which had been updated with extremely current details - always important with this kind of book. I used it as a study guide during my wine course and felt it was a great tool for that. I'm sure I'll be picking this up again when I need a refresher on a term or the basic details on a wine region. I also really enjoyed the writing style - very conversational and enjoyable to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tina Hayes

    'Wine for Dummies' is a great book for anyone who drinks the fruit of the vine. Experts and newbies alike will learn from this fun, informative book by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan. Varietals are explained, the top wines of each region around the globe are pointed out, there is a pronounciation guide so we can figure out how to pronounce Pouilly-Fuisse, along with tips on which corkscrews work best. Whether you're looking to find the correct temperature for serving Shiraz or you want to k 'Wine for Dummies' is a great book for anyone who drinks the fruit of the vine. Experts and newbies alike will learn from this fun, informative book by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan. Varietals are explained, the top wines of each region around the globe are pointed out, there is a pronounciation guide so we can figure out how to pronounce Pouilly-Fuisse, along with tips on which corkscrews work best. Whether you're looking to find the correct temperature for serving Shiraz or you want to know which wine goes best with salmon, this book is for you.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Considering how vast the world of wine is, this book is a great place to start. There is loads of practical information presented in an approachable format along with plenty of good advice. I feel way more educated on the topic of wine and found the book full of fascinating content. I can now more confidently select and serve wine and have more fun doing it. In the word's of Major Payne, "Who's the dummy now?"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    While the authors have wine backgrounds and give some nice backgrounds, the give off the aura of wine snobs. Most of the wines discussed are from Europe, California, or New York giving the impression that these are the two states are the only quality wine producers. There are over a hundred wineries in Texas alone which produce some excellent vintages. Also Duplin County winery in North Carolina and Nissey Winery iin Pennsylvania produce wines better than most of California or New York.

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