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Sunday, December 15, 2013


COMPLETE WINE SELECTOR; how to choose the right wine every time
(Firefly Books, 2013, 256 pages, ISBN 978-1-77085-225-9, $24.965 CAN
paper covers) is by Katherine Cole, wine columnist for The Oregonian
newspaper in Portland and a professional journalist. It is a colourful
book, well-illustrated, that takes the novice through the basics of
wine making and wine selection. However, despite what she says, it
would be useful to have quiz-show memories: remembering what you tasted
is preparation for retention of wine knowledge. She's got it all
organized, with directory-style, bulleted, decision-trees and flow
charts. It works if you have this kind of mind. Like the popular Dummy
books, there is a factor of ten: the introduction to 10 wine styles, 20
greatest wine shops in the world, 10 top sommeliers and chefs tell us
their fave food and wine matches, top 10 dos and don'ts in wine
storage, 10 most common wine faults, and more. Just memorize; nothing
wrong with that. Actually, the 10 wine styles have been around for
years: they were originally cast as six for table wines (3 for white, 3
for reds, sort of light-medium-full for each colour). She's added sweet
wines (mostly white), sparklers, rose, and fortified. It's a good book,
there is lots packed into it. But it is still memory.
Audience and level of use: beginners.
Some interesting or unusual facts: the natural match for Argentine
Malbec is churrascuria cuisine.
The downside to this book: wine tasting is still memory-based.
The upside to this book: good statement of all the factors involved in
wine knowledge.
Quality/Price Rating: 88.

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