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Buying and Serving Champagne and Sparkling Wine

If you’re entertaining with Champagne or sparkling wine, you'll want to know how to best serve bubbly and which foods work well with sparkling wines.

Following is some advice for buying and serving Champagne [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies

How to Select a Wine When Dining Out

When you order wine in a restaurant, you usually have few details about the wines listed on the menu. And if you’re new to the wine scene, you may have trouble remembering which wines go well with which [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies

A Collection of Images from Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies

The figures in this gallery are from Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies and illustrate different concepts related to wine. The images appear in the order that they appear in the book. [more…]

A Collection of Buying & Serving Wine In A Day Images

Sometimes it’s tough to see the details of the images in your e-reader of choice. To get a closer look at the figures included in Buying & Serving Wine [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies

Buying Wine with Confidence

Don't get frazzled when you're shopping for wine. Browsing and buying wine should be a fun, positive experience. Remember these helpful hints when you hit the wine shop: [more…]

Quick Guide to Wine Pronunciation

Correctly pronouncing wine names is one way to keep from irritating a wine snob; the following table can help you out. The stressed syllable in each word is italicized; if no syllable is italicized, all [more…]

Useful Terms for Describing Wine

When describing wine, wine merchants, restaurant servers, and your oenophile friends will use specific language to tell you about its characteristics. Knowing these words will help you understand the wine [more…]

Easy Wine Identifier

Most wines you find in shops and restaurants are named in two basic ways: for the variety of the grape or for the place the grapes are grown. This instant guide decodes common wine names and tells you [more…]

Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Selecting a wine you like is easy when you can correctly pronounce wine names, use appropriate terms to describe wine, decode wine names, and approach the selecting process with confidence. [more…]

Pairing Food and Wine 101

Although personal preference is an overriding factor when it comes to enjoying food and wine together, most people can agree on the outcome, positive or negative, of a few basic taste interactions. The [more…]

Considering Versatile White Wines and Bubbly

Serve any of these crisp, dry whites with just about any food, and you can avoid natural taste disasters. These versatile white wines (and Champagne) are also great when the meal includes multiple dishes [more…]

Pairing Food with Versatile Red and Pink Wines

When you’re not sure what wine to serve, look to one of these zesty, not too oaky, low tannin (not overly mouth-puckering) reds or anything similar in style. Remember that the more expensive the wine, [more…]

Dealing with Spice When You Pair Wine and Food

Really spicy foods can ruin the enjoyment of wine (or anything else you drink alongside), but mildly spicy foods can be paired effectively. When your dishes include a lot of spice, follow these tips to [more…]

Serving Wine and Cheese: What Works Well

Far from foolproof, cheese can be tough on wine. And contrary to popular belief, whites often fair better than reds. For your next wine and cheese party, try serving the following combinations for a tasty [more…]

Pairing Food & Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Food and wine pairing isn’t a matter of life or death. But isn’t life a little better with a good taste in your mouth? Starting with wine you like (and food you enjoy, too) is ground zero. All the other [more…]

Ten Wine Myths Debunked

Some common thinking about wine is really common misinformation — common myths that aren't true. The following sections set the record straight about these wine myths. [more…]

Reliable Wine Choices at a Restaurant

With all the thousands of wines in hundreds of styles out there, you can't be expected to remember all the wines and how they pair with food. To make it easier for you, here is a shorter list of a few [more…]

California's Main Varietal Wines

You can probably find more than a dozen distinct types of varietal wine from California if you scour the shelves of a good wine shop. A handful of wines are by far the most popular, most widely available [more…]

Texture and Flavors of California Wines

A driving force behind the popularity of California wine is their flavor. Generally, California wines are very fruity (that is, they have aromas and flavors that suggest fruits) and very flavorful [more…]

Major California Wine Regions and Their Specialties

Here's a quick look at the major California wine regions and their specialties. California wine country is gorgeous and welcomes more and more visitors each year: [more…]

California Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

What is it that makes California wine so special? Wines from California constituted almost 60 percent of all wine sales in the United States and 90 percent of all U.S. exports, according to 2012 statistics [more…]

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