How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine

by Jancis Robinson

Simon and Schuster, October, 2001.
Hardcover, 208 pages.
ISBN: 0743216776

How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine by Jancis Robinson Learning to taste and appreciate a good wine is not as difficult a skill as one might believe. So states renowned wine expert and taster Jancis Robinson, the author of The Oxford Companion to Wine, certified Master of Wine and star of the PBS series Jancis Robinson's Wine Course. How to Taste is a workbook and guidebook in one. Robinson demystifies the basics of wine: the different grapes, the regions, the types of wines, vintage, value and pricing are all covered here in easy to understand terms. But what makes the book so special is the virtual tasting course, which any reader can follow. The practice exercises (which can be done alone or with a group of friends) build from the simple comparison of two simple wines, to the more difficult skills of blind tasting events. If you follow her instructions and faithfully do the exercises she suggests, you should be able to amaze your friends and confound your enemies with your newly-acquired wine savoir faire.

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This review was published in the Dec. - Jan., 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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