Author Andy Hyman, provides wine enthusiasts and novices alike, a warm and witty orientation to wine tasting whether in Napa or Sonoma, an urban winery or at their own kitchen table. The book also provides what visitors or soon-to-be visitors to California’s wine country crave: quick facts about grape-rich Napa and Sonoma valleys as well as a condensed history of the area’s rise to national and international prominence.
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Snob Free Wine Tasting Companion de-mystifies the esoteric vocabulary associated with wine tasting by providing definitions of words such as “tannins,” and “fruit forward,” and explains the purpose of what may look to the novice like snobby rituals, such as swirling red wine in the glass. The reader is also treated to interesting and fun wine facts ranging from how oak barrels impact wine flavor to how ancient Roman wine protocols influence our drinking rituals today.
From cover to cover, the book goes down easy. Not only will wine country visitors feel like they have a tour guide in their pocket, readers will know how to get the most from any wine-tasting experience and feel confident about making a savvy wine purchase right for their budget.
•Vivid color photos bring to life the wine-making process, wine-tasting “how-to’s” and iconic historical elements of the region.
•Fold-out front and back covers provide handy maps of Napa and Sonoma viticultural areas and the Wine Aroma Wheel, created by U.C. Davis emeritus professor, Ann Noble.
•Quick reference visuals for pairing wine with meals, cheeses and chocolates.
•Handy, travel-size book.
Provides wine enthusiasts and novices alike, wine tasting guidance and quick facts and history Napa and Sonoma.