Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Race Point Publishing (October 1, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.5 inches
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I was hooked from the first page! The preface by Mario Batali & subsequent introduction by Amatuzzi were so well written, I knew this book wasn't just one I would flip through & forget. It is informative but unpretentious, chock full of stunning imagery & will make you want to visit a vineyard asap! Lovely book, I highly recommend you buy it for yourself or as a gift to anyone who is looking to learn more about wine.
If you are a novice in the world of wine who is interested in learning more about the juice but has an aversion to textbook-style manuals, Amatuzzi's "A First Course in Wine" may be the right choice for you. The book is aesthetically pleasing and unforgettably vivid; it's printed on beautiful paper and features stunning photography. More importantly, the writing is refreshing. The author choose a style of delivery that resembles a casual conversation with a good friend over a glass of wine. He manages to remain reliable and accurate without sounding snooty or self-important.The book starts with introducing grape varieties and explaining the basics of viticulture and the winemaking process. The next part discusses the enjoyment of wine, such as evaluating, tasting, pairing food and wine, decanting and aging wines, and some advice on how to buy. The final and lengthiest part explores the wines of the world: Old World and New World white wines, Old World and New World red wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines, and fortified wines. The book concludes with a glossary where the most important wine terminology is explained.I had the privilege to meet and learn from Dan in person and his teaching style echoed his writing: done with skill and passion, seasoned with a dash of humor. Reading his book is almost as good as the personal encounter.If you are looking for an introductory book with a bit more depth and detail, I'd recommend Jancis Robinson's Wine Course and if you are interested in the intricacies of tasting check out Michael Schuster's Essential Winetasting. But if you want something light, refreshing and approachable like a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, check out "A First Course in Wine" and you won't be disappointed. What's the worst thing that could happen? You may get thirsty for more...
Well written for those looking for a basic understand of wine from A to Z. Lovely photos, and nice content
This book is lovely! Came in pristine condition and just a beautiful book to behold. Thank you.
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