Wine: A Tasting Course

Hardback cover of Wine: A Tasting Course

Published by DK

RRP: CA$32.00

"Pull Quote: This visual guide teems with comprehensive infographics and colorful illustrations-all of which function to shed light on the complexities of the wine world."

Coolhunting.com

"Full review: There can be a little (or a lot) of anxiety around ordering wine at a restaurant or even serving it at home. It's one of the most refined alcohol cultures and there is always something else to learn-about pairing, temperature, aging and so much more. While you don't need to be a sommelier to enjoy wine, or to know about it, "Wine: A Tasting Course" can definitely help. This visual guide teems with comprehensive infographics and colorful illustrations-all of which function to shed light on the complexities of the wine world. Author Marnie Old-a world renowned sommelier, columnist and educator-delivers a book that tackles all the larger concepts and hones in as deep as just about any reader could want to go. "What if I can't detect all those flavors?" the book asks, before explaining that this is OK. You can make educated guesses by pairing your tastebud experience with knowledge of the grape and region. The book makes note of many connections between wines, while navigating the bunch by grape variety and wine style. It also incorporates handy exercises to test your palate. There's no pomp and circumstance, just solid facts within and among pretty pictures and effective visualizations. Old believes that the best way to learn is through tasting. This book aims to open up readers to comfort, confidence and context so that they do exactly that-taste more."

Coolhunting.com

"Full review: Giving readers the confidence to discover, buy, and drink wines that they'll enjoy, Wine: A Tasting Course helps you to explore and develop your palate in your own time and at your own pace."

Foodriot.com

"Pull Quote: If you ever sip vino, consider this book a very valuable resource for getting the most out of your glass."

Zagat.com

"Full review: Most Philadelphia wine lovers know the name Marnie Old. The author and sommelier has designed some of the best wine lists in the city, is a win columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and co-wrote the popular He Said Beer, She Said Wine with Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione in 2007.Old has just released a new book, and after flipping through just a fraction of Wine: A Tasting Course, we can attest it's something every wine drinker, expert to beginner, would find useful. Every single one of its 250 pages is essentially an infographic, a full-color, well-designed diagram that is chock full of information but easy to digest. A quick and easy tip we've already gleaned: when trying to determine if a wine on the shelf at the store will be dry or sweet, look first at the alcohol content. Low alcohol wines (4%-5% ABV) will be on the sweeter side, and high alcohol wines (13%-15%) are more likely to be dry. Why? It's simple chemistry: all wine starts as sugary grape juice, and the longer they are allowed to ferment, the more alcohol is produced and the less sugar left over. Another lesson: historically, European wines have been created specifically to pair with food, especially salty dishes. When you first taste a heavy Italian or French wine, it may seem too acidic, but if you sip it as it was meant to be drunk, with your plate of cheese or prosciutto or pasta, it will smooth out and taste much sweeter. Old says she wrote the entire book in just under four months, thanks to the fact that the concept had been in her head for years - it's essentially the syllabus for the many wine classes she teaches. She considers herself lucky to be working with DK publishing, which often produces full-color, all-glossy books. Thanks to that focus, the info-packed tome retails for just $25 (it's actually less than that right now on Amazon).There are sections on different grapes, different methods of production, how to interpret tasting notes and much more. If you ever sip vino, consider this book a very valuable resource for getting the most out of your glass. Plus, it'll help you impress your friends the next time you go out to dinner"

Zagat.com

"Pull quote: [F]ull of eye-catching visuals and a lot of fun exercises (e.g., comparing sweetness levels in wine or varying shades of red wines) but it also contains plenty of that more structured information, such as facts on countries and grapes."

Wall Street Journal

"Full review: Marnie Old, a Philadelphia-based sommelier, wine educator and author of the recently published "Wine: A Tasting Course," is less than keen on structured learning that includes memorizing grapes and regions. She thinks information learned by rote isn't easily retained. She questioned the teaching of tasting terms and grapes instead of focusing on larger issues. For example, "Why don't people address important questions like the difference between white wine and red?" she asked.Ms. Old's book is full of eye-catching visuals and a lot of fun exercises (e.g., comparing sweetness levels in wine or varying shades of red wines) but it also contains plenty of that more structured information, such as facts on countries and grapes. I guess the "basics" like grapes and regions are as impossible to forgo as the tenses of verbs in French language books."

Wall Street Journal

About Wine: A Tasting Course

Offering a visual tour of wine styles, explaining the big-picture concepts, and encouraging readers to recognize the connections between wines, author Marnie Old, a renowned American sommelier, challenges all the stuffy orthodoxies about wine, and teaches that best way to learn is through tasting.

Providing a fresh take on the world of wine, showing you what you need to know, and debunking wine-snob myths, Wine: A Tasting Course is the ultimate visual wine course for wine lovers seeking no-nonsense, practical information.

Explore and develop your palate in your own time and at your own pace with Wine: A Tasting Course.