Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Wine 5 Chapter 1: Wine 101 7 Chapter 2: These Taste Buds Are for You 19 Chapter 3: Pinot Envy and Other Secrets about Grape Varieties 33 Chapter 4: Wine Names and Label Lingo 49 Chapter 5: Behind the Scenes of Winemaking 65 Part II: Wine and You: Up Close and Personal 73 Chapter 6: Buying Wine to Drink at Home 75 Chapter 7: Buying Wine in Restaurants 87 Chapter 8: Serving Wine 101 Chapter 9: Marrying Wine with Food 119 Part III: The "Old World" of Wine 125 Chapter 10: Knowing the Wines of France 127 Chapter 11: Italy, the Land of Great Vino 165 Chapter 12: Spain, Germany, and Other European Hot Spots 187 Part IV: Discovering the "New World" of Wine 211 Chapter 13: America, America 213 Chapter 14: The Southern Hemisphere Arises 243 Part V: Wine's Exotic Face 263 Chapter 15: Champagne and Other Sparklers 265 Chapter 16: Wine Roads Less Traveled: Fortified and Dessert Wines 287 Part VI: When You've Caught the Bug 309 Chapter 17: Buying and Collecting Wine 311 Chapter 18: Continuing Education for Wine Lovers 329 Chapter 19: Describing and Rating Wine 343 Part VII: The Part of Tens 351 Chapter 20: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Wine 353 Chapter 21: Ten Wine Myths Demystified 361 Part VIII: Appendixes 369 Appendix A: Pronunciation Guide to Wine Terms 371 Appendix B: Glossary of Wine Terms 377 Appendix C: Vintage Wine Chart: 1993-2012 389 Index 393
Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan share over a half-century of professional wine experience and have coauthored 12 books on wine. Ed also writes for the trade publication Beverage Media and is a columnist for Wine Review Online. Mary is president of the International Wine Center, a prominent wine school in New York City.
"A great book that tells you all you need to know about wine" (Frost Magazine, November 2015)