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California Wine For Dummies

Authors:
Ed McCarthy ,
Mary Ewing-Mulligan
Published: April 3, 2009

Overview

Discover the nuances of California wines and increase your drinking pleasure! Want to be a California wine connoisseur? This friendly guide gives you the knowledge you need to appreciate these fine wines, showing you how to taste them, select a good bottle, pair wine with food, and much more. You'll see why certain wine regions are renowned and how to further enrich your wine-drinking experience.
  • California wine 101 ― understand the range of California wines, what makes them unique, and what a varietal wine is
  • Review the regions ― explore the major wine regions of California and what makes each one special, from the soil to the climate
  • Open the bottle ― become fluent in the Big Six: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel
  • Go beyond the basics ― appreciate Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Syrah, sparkling wines, and more
  • Round out your wine experience ― pair and share wines, learn about the proper glassware and serving temperatures, and prepare for a winery visit
Open the book and find:
  • An overview of California wine today
  • Wine recommendations for all budgets
  • Explanations of wine label language
  • A map of wine regions
  • Tips for aging and collecting California wines
  • Winery tasting etiquette
  • The ins and outs of recent vintages
  • Top wine country travel destinations
Discover the nuances of California wines and increase your drinking pleasure! Want to be a California wine connoisseur? This friendly guide gives you the knowledge you need to appreciate these fine wines, showing you how to taste them, select a good bottle, pair wine with food, and much more. You'll see why certain wine regions are renowned and how to further enrich your wine-drinking experience.
  • California wine 101 ― understand the range of California wines, what makes them unique, and what a varietal wine is
  • Review the regions ― explore the major wine regions of California and what makes each one special, from the soil to the climate
  • Open the bottle ― become fluent in the Big Six: Chardonnay,
Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel
  • Go beyond the basics ― appreciate Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Syrah, sparkling wines, and more
  • Round out your wine experience ― pair and share wines, learn about the proper glassware and serving temperatures, and prepare for a winery visit
  • Open the book and find:
    • An overview of California wine today
    • Wine recommendations for all budgets
    • Explanations of wine label language
    • A map of wine regions
    • Tips for aging and collecting California wines
    • Winery tasting etiquette
    • The ins and outs of recent vintages
    • Top wine country travel destinations
    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 from the Wine Institute. Get to know the varietals and the regions that produce them, and know the flavors to expect when you're tasting California wines.

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