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Everything you need to know about the fruit of the vine―From A to Zinfandel

If you enjoy wine―but can’t articulate why―you’re not alone! From terroir to global varieties, Wine: A Beginner’s Guide breaks down the complex bouquets of winemaking and tasting into ways that are fun and easy to understand.

Learn what really makes a cabernet sauvignon red. Taste how it’s possible to detect a hint of leather, chocolate, or even rubber in a single sip. Confidently discuss the subtleties of different types of grapes with the guide that has everything you need to know to grow your love of wine.

Wine: A Beginner’s Guide includes:

Taste right―The four-Step process to tasting wine means you’ll get the most flavor from every swish and swirl.Pour with poise―Handle a bottle of vino just right, with tips on proper serving temperature, glass style, and long-term storage.Perfect match―An entire chapter on pairing with food means you’ll select a bottle that complements every meal.

Critics Review

  • “Keith Szarabajka is a steady, informed narrator whom wine aficionados will appreciate during this detailed examination of how wine is made…Szarabajka takes care with the considerable amount of information being presented. He maintains a measured pace that makes it easy for the listener to keep track of which part of the process is being explored.”

  • “Ken has captured a sense of discovery, revelation, and celebration in Wine: A Beginner’s Guide. The book is chock-full of important and thoughtful foundational knowledge as well as unique personal insight. Young somms just beginning their journey should grab a copy, read it two or three times, and hit the ground running.”

    Rajat Parr, 2015 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
  • “Well-written and highly informative without dumbing down the subject matter…It’s the key to having a better understanding of wine and, most importantly, enjoying it.”

    Alpana Singh, master sommelier and restaurateur, host of Emmy Award–winning WTTW show, Check, Please!
  • “Combines theory, history, and culture in such a smart and harmonious way. Ken borrows from his professional and personal experience, zest for life, and love of teaching to show how, when combined, seemingly complex and arcane wine knowledge comes together with clarity and joy.”

    Grant Achatz, James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Chef and Best New Restaurant

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