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Windows on the World:  Complete Wine Course

Windows on the World: Complete Wine Course
Kevin Zraly
New York: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 1995
TP548 .Z73 1995

The drinking of wine is a celebration of life, good food, and special company. It’s one of the great pleasures of the world, and its enjoyment is enhanced by some knowledge of its varieties, flavors and styles.

Universally praised by wine experts and beginners alike, this extraordinary, easy-to-use, simple "course" will answer all your important questions about wine and start you on the road to becoming a seasoned connoisseur. Since 1976 the wine director of the renowned Windows on the World restaurant atop the World Trade Center in New York and the founder and instructor of the acclaimed Windows on the World Wine School, Kevin Zraly makes the study of wine as pleasurable as drinking a fine vintage. With a completely fresh approach on the subject, Zraly offers a look at the trends in wine over the last ten years while you take a journey through the great wine regions of the world, from France to California, from Italy to Australia, and on to Spain, Germany, and Portugal.

Take Zraly’s country-by-country, region-by-region "best buy" ratings tour of the latest vintages. You’ll love his lighthearted style, and you’ll appreciate his glossary of wine terms and his helpful and informative tips on stocking and serving wine at home, ordering it in restaurants (including the hows and whys of the "tasting ritual"), and much more. Find out what a true "Burgandy" wine is, the good years for a Cabernet Sauvignon, and what foods best complement a Chardonnay. Learn about the relative "newcomers" to the wine scene such as the Merlots, and uncover the secrets of choosing a good champagne, sherry, or port. In no time at all, you’ll be able to enjoy great-tasting wines without having to spend a lot of money. Dozens of illustrations, ranging from labels you should know to memorable New Yorker cartoons, supplement the Zraly style.

Whether you prefer a vintage that’s bright, earthy, mature, rich, light, or seductive - or want to know exactly what that means - take a uniquely intoxicating trek through the world of wine that will turn you into an enthusiastic expert in no time!

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