The Sommelier Prep Course: An Introduction to the Wines, Beers, and Spirits of the World

A comprehensive, must-have guide to beverage service including wine, beer, and spiritsThe Sommelier Prep Course is the ultimate resource for any aspiring sommelier, bartender, or serious wine lover. It includes sections on viniculture and viticulture, Old World and New World wines, beer and other fermented beverages, and all varieties of spirits. Review questions, key terms, a pronunciation guide, maps, and even sample wine labels provide invaluable test prep information for acing the major sommelier certification exams.For each type of beverage, author Michael Gibson covers the essential history, manufacturing information, varieties available, and tasting and pairing information. He also includes sections on service, storage, and wine list preparation for a full understanding of every aspect of beverage service.•    An ideal test prep resource for anyone studying for certification by The Court of Master Sommeliers, The Society of Wine Educators, or The International Sommelier
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The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes

It’s a great time to be a beer drinker, but also the most confusing, thanks to the dizzying array of available draft beers. Expert Joshua M. Bernstein comes to the rescue with The Complete Beer Course, demystifying brews and breaking down the elements that make beer’s flavor spin into distinctively different and delicious directions. Structured around a series of easy-to-follow classes, his course hops from lagers and pilsners to hazy wheat beers, Belgian-style abbey and Trappist ales, aromatic pale ales and bitter IPAs, roasty stouts, barrel-aged brews, belly-warming barley wines, and mouth-puckering sour ales. There is even a class on international beer styles and another on pairing beer with food and starting your own beer cellar. Through suggested, targeted tastings, you’ll learn when to drink down-and when to dump those beers down a
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Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: New, Updated Edition (Kevin Zraly’s Complete Wine Course)

“Kevin Zraly is the finest wine educator I have known.” —Robert ParkerLet’s pop a cork and toast America’s very best, most popular wine course—now in a revised edition that wine lovers will savor. Kevin Zraly’s bestselling course now features a refreshed tasting section with flavor profiles; a “Best of the Best” chapter with links to 20 smartphone tags; an audio pronunciation guide, and updated labels, vintages, statistics, and more invaluable information. As always, the book covers all the basics, and Zraly’s region-by-region organization points readers to the finest wines and a diversity of tastes, styles, and regions. More than ever, this is the wine guide against which all others are
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The Wine Club: A Month-by-Month Guide to Learning About Wine with Friends

Everything you need to know about starting a wine club. This sassy handbook teaches you and your girlfriends the art of selecting, sampling, and sipping the fruit of the vine (while you indulge in the latest gossip, of course).A foolproof month-by-month plan by sommelier, Maureen Petrosky, highlights all the pesky details, so you and your girlfriends can sit back and sip. From still to sparkling and delicate whites to rich reds, each month’s chapter singles out a grape for study and enjoyment-school was never like this! This course with class includes easy-does-it entertaining tips, taste-testing know-how, and tantalizing wine facts.Expert recommendations for brilliant wines at killer prices! What woman doesn’t love a bargain? Wine-laden tidbits such as how to collect bottles for a personal wine stash.Outrageously scrumptious recipes that teach you simply to pair wine and food-it’s a no-brainer.The latest on the snazziest wine gizmos and gadgets. Shoppers, start your
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Making Sense of Wine Tasting: Your Essential Guide to Enjoying Wine, Fifth Edition

Making Sense of Wine Tasting breaks new ground in the field of wine evaluation. Its completely new approach to the sensory appreciation and assessment of wine gives readers both information and practical skills. Its straight forward presentation provides a welcome relief to those who find much that is written on the subject either mystifying or pretentious.In his hundreds of international wine seminars on every continent the author, Alan Young, has found that wine lovers around the world share an eagerness to improve their ability to assess the quality of the wines they are offered. Making Sense of Wine Tasting is a serious but fun discussion about the nature and role of sight, smell, touch and taste in the evaluation of wine, combined with a considerable number of interesting practical exercises designed to improve sensory perception of all the senses used in wine judging. These exercises have been tested at international wine seminars by people of many different cultures the world
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WineSpeak: A Vinous Thesaurus of (gasp!) 36,975 bizarre, erotic, funny, outrageous, poetic, silly and ugly wine tasting descriptors

If you read wine reviews from time to time, you re already either amused or confused by the soaring language wine writers often use to describe what they re smelling and tasting. But do you always know what they mean? Have you ever sipped a complex white and sensed what s so colorfully described as a peacock s tail? Have you ever savored a full-bodied red only to detect the ripe acrid smell of a horse stall? If not, you re in for a treat, because these and thousands more are all here to amuse, dismay, enlighten, inspire, puzzle and utterly shock you. In that spirit, welcome to the rich linguistic universe of wWineSpeak where words and wine intersect (some say, collide) in an uncontrolled riot of language guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours. There s no other book in the English-speaking world quite like this. The author, a lifelong lover of both wine and words, has compiled and organized this unique thesaurus of 36,975 wine tasting descriptors into 20 special collections
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Taste Wine Like a Pro – Think Like a Genius Wine Master [Book & DVD - Wine Tasting, Wine Pairing, Education, Sommelier]

Discover the simply genius tasting strategies of one of the world’s best wine tasters. This product will teach you how to taste wine like a pro. You will discover a strategy to easily identify aromas and flavors in wine. Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier, will share his wine tasting strategies with you. With the included DVD and illustrated instruction guide, you will learn his simple, step-by-step process and take your passion for wine to a whole new level. You will get a private lesson from one of the world’s best. In less than one hour Tim will show you how to: •Easily identify and describe flavors and aromas •Evaluate the age, quality, and complexity of any wine •Rapidly improve your own smelling and tasting ability •Impress your friends and colleagues •Savor each glass of wine like never before. When you follow the steps in this program, you will find that you can think like a genius sommelier. Not only will you be able to think like one, but you will
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Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier

From “one of the wine world’s most popular voices” (USA Today), a newly updated edition of her by-now classic introduction to wine, GREAT WINE MADE SIMPLE: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier, reflects up-to-the minute wine trends, including the burgeoning popularity of the Shiraz grape, new flavor maps, and much, much more.First published in 2000, Great Wine Made Simple established Andrea Immer Robinson as America’s favorite wine writer. Avoiding the traditional and confusingly vague wine language of “bouquet” and “nose,” and instead discussing wine in commonsense terms, the book launched Andrea’s career as a wine authority without pretense.Now, thoroughly revised, Great Wine Made Simple lives up to its title by making selecting and enjoying wine truly simple. With Andrea Immer Robinson as your guide, you will never again have to fear pricey bottles that don’t deliver, snobby wine waiters, foreign terminology, or encyclopedic restaurant wine lists. You’ll be
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The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting

This clear and concise primer provides detailed coverage of all the major wine styles and regions, together with notes on the history of wine, viticulture, winemaking, and blind tasting. It seeks throughout to examine in what ways a given wine is unique and different from other, similar wines. For example, why and in what ways is Pauillac, in Bordeaux, different from Pomerol, also in Bordeaux? Why and in what ways is Mosel Riesling different from Riesling from the Rheingau, or the Nahe, or Alsace, Austria, or Australia? This book is dedicated to all wine lovers, and should prove particularly useful to competitive blind tasters, higher level and diploma students, winemakers, wine traders, and
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The Wine Tasting Party Kit: Everything You Need to Host a Fun & Easy Wine Tasting Party at Home

Whether it’s a casual afternoon in the backyard or a more formal soir e, a wine tasting party is fun and educational for everyone from novices to sophisticated sippers. Within this all-inclusive kit are the elements to be a terrific host, including cloth wine bottle covers, tasting score pads, a cheat sheet, glass markers, and an entertaining book that introduces you to the ins and outs of tasting wine in a comfortable, festive, social setting your own home. Includes: – 64-page illustrated book – Tasting notepads – Wineglass markers – Six reusable linen wine bottle covers – “Cheat sheet” of tasting
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