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Wine For Dummies

Published 11-13-2018

<p><b>Wine enthusiasts: raise a glass!</b></p> <p>The global wine market has expanded rapidly in the past few years and is forecasted to increase through 2019.&nbsp; &nbsp;Consumption, new wine styles, online wine purchasing, and a growing younger population of wine enthusiasts are all contributing factors.</p> <p>In <i>Wine For Dummies</i>, the authors&mdash;both recognized wine authorities and accredited Certified Wine Educators&mdash;share their expertise, revealing the latest on what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine.&nbsp; Featuring information on both classic and cutting-edge wines, it&rsquo;s packed with everything you need to hold your own in tasting rooms, shops, and beyond!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Includes updated information on navigating wine shops and selecting wines in restaurants</li> <li>Covers the latest expert advice on buying wine online thanks to the online retail boom</li> <li>Provides updated vintage charts and price guidelines</li> <li>Offers information on trends in wine, including packaging innovations such as wine in a can, kegs, and boxes&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re a beginner or intermediate wine enthusiast, this is your no-nonsense guide to choosing wine, understanding wine lists, exploring new varieties, serving, sharing, and more!</p>

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Bartending For Dummies

Published 01-28-2014

<b>Make and serve drinks like a pro</b> <p>This latest edition of <i>Bartending For Dummies</i> features over 1,000 drink recipes in an A-Z format with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. This <i>5th Edition</i> also provides over 40 new cocktails ideas for those who want to know how to serve cocktails professionally, for themselves, or for their guests.</p> <ul> <li>Detailed information on how to properly stock a bar with the latest and greatest glassware and tools</li> <li>Expanded coverage on making exotic frozen/blended specialties and specialty coffees</li> <li>Experimenting with the new flavor/buzz in Bourbons and Scotches: honey</li> <li>The latest flavored rums, gins, ryes, and of course vodkas (buttered, waffle, sherbet, and marshmallow flavored are just a few new editions)</li> <li>New coverage devoted to craft distillers</li> <li>Fun, new ways to garnish drinks (even flaming options), rim, and serve drinks like a master mixologist</li> <li>Tips on creating unique punches and even non-alcoholic drinks</li> <li>The latest tips and advice on curing hangovers and hiccups</li> </ul> <p>If you're interested in crafting traditional or modern cocktails, <i>Bartending For Dummies</i> has you covered.</p>

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Beer For Dummies

Published 01-03-2012

<b>The fun and friendly guide to all things beer</b> <p>Beer has always been one of the world's most popular beverages; but recently, people have embraced the rich complexities of beer's many varieties. Now, with <i>Beer For Dummies</i> you can quickly and enjoyably educate your palate&#8212;from recognizing the characteristics of ales, lagers, and other beer styles to understanding how to taste and evaluate beer.</p> <p>The author, a beer connoisseur, shares his own expertise on this subject, revealing his picks for the best beer festivals, tastings, and events around the world as well as his simple tips for pouring, storing, and drinking beer like an expert brewmeister.</p> <ul> <li>New coverage on the various styles of beer found around the world including: real ale, barrel aged/wood aged beer, organic brews, and extreme beer</li> <li>Updated profiles on the flavor and body of each beer, explaining why beers taste the way they do, as well as their strengths and ideal serving temperatures</li> <li>How to spot the best beers by looking at the bottle, label, and a properly poured beer in its ideal glass</li> <li>The essentials on beer-and-food pairings and the best ways to introduce beer into your cooking repertoire</li> </ul> <p>From information on ingredients like hops, malt, and barley to the differences between lagers and ales, this friendly guide gives you all the information you need to select and appreciate your next brew.</p>

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Home Winemaking For Dummies

Published 11-23-2010

<b>An informative, fun guide to making your own wine</b> <p>It's estimated that one million North Americans make their own wine. Relatively inexpensive to make (a homemade bottle costs from $2 to $4), a bottle with your own label (and grapes) is a fantasy even someone with modest aspirations can fulfill. Author Tim Patterson, an award-winning home winemaker, shows how it's possible for anyone to create a great wine. In <i>Home Winemaking For Dummies</i>, he discusses the art of winemaking from grape to bottle, including how to get the best grapes (and figure out how many you need); determine what equipment is required; select the right yeast and figure out if any other additives are needed; and store, age, and test wine. With detailed tips on creating many varieties -- from bold reds and demure whites to enchanting ros&#233;s and delightful sparkling wines -- this guide is your ultimate winemaking resource.</p>

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Homebrewing For Dummies

Published 03-31-2008

Want to become your own brewmeister? <i>Homebrewing For Dummies, 2<sup>nd</sup> Edition,</i> gives you easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for everything from making your first &#8220;kit&#8221; beer to brewing an entire batch from scratch. Before you know it, you&#8217;ll be boiling, bottling, storing, pouring, and kegging your own frothy, delicious suds. <p>This friendly, hands-on guide walks you through each step in the brewing process at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. It fills you in on all the homebrewing basics with a comprehensive equipment list; instructions on keeping your hardware clean and sanitized; and loving descriptions of the essential beer ingredients, their roles in the brewing process, and how to select the best ingredients for you beer. You&#8217;ll also find out about additional ingredients and additives you can use to give your homebrew distinctive flavors, textures, and aromas. Discover how to:</p> <ul> <li>Set up your home brewery</li> <li>Select the best ingredients and flavorings</li> <li>Create your own lager, ale, and specialty beers</li> <li>Try your hand at cider, and even meade</li> <li>Brew gluten-free beer</li> <li>Package your beer in bottles and kegs</li> <li>Evaluate your beer and troubleshoot problems</li> <li>Take part in homebrewing competitions</li> <li>Become an eco-friendly brewer</li> </ul> <p><i>Homebrewing For Dummies, 2<sup>nd</sup> Edition</i> is fully updated with the latest brewing techniques and technologies and features more than 100 winning recipes that will have your friends and neighbors singing your praises and coming back for more.</p>

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Italian Wine For Dummies

Published 08-30-2001

"A must-have book for anyone who is serious about Italian wines."<br />&mdash;Lidia Bastianich, host of PBS?s Lidia's Italian Table <p>"I have yet to encounter more knowledgeable guides to...Italian wine."<br />&mdash;Piero Antinori, President, Antinori Wines</p> <p>"Bravo to Ed and Mary! This book shows their love for Italy, the Italian producers, and the great marriage of local foods with local wines. Here is a great book that presents the information without intimidation."<br />&mdash;Piero Selvaggio, VALENTINO Restaurant</p> <p>Right now, Italy is the most exciting wine country on earth. The quality of Italian wines has never been higher and the range of wines has never been broader. Even better, the types of Italian wines available outside of Italy have never been greater. But with all these new Italian wines and wine zones not to mention all the obscure grape varieties, complicate blends, strange names and restrictive wine laws. Italian wines are also about he most challenging of all to master. The time has come for comprehensive, up-to-date guides to Italian wines.</p> <p>Authored by certified wine educators and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, <i>Italian Wine For Dummies</i> introduces you to the delectable world of fine Italian wine. It shows you how to:</p> <ul> <li>Translate wine labels</li> <li>Identify great wine bargains</li> <li>Develop your own wine tastes</li> <li>Match Italian wines with foods</li> </ul> <p>Here's everything you need to know to enjoy the best Tuscans, Sicilians, Abruzzese and other delicious Italian wines. This lighthearted and informative guide explores:</p> <ul> <li>The styles of wine made in Italy and the major grape varieties used to make them</li> <li>How the Italian name their wines, the complicated laws governing how names are given and the meanings of common label terminology</li> <li>Italy's important wine regions including a region-by-region survey of the best vineyards and their products</li> <li>A guide to pronouncing Italian wine terms and names and how to order Italian wines in restaurants</li> </ul> <p>For Italians, wine (<i>vino</i>) is food (<i>alimentari</i>) and food is love (<i>amore</i>). And you can never have enough love in your life. So, order a copy of <i>Italian Wine For Dummies</i>, today and get ready to share the love!</p>

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French Wine For Dummies

Published 08-30-2001

&#8220;Whether you are an avid collector or wine novice, this book offers an extensive resource in an accessible format.&#8221;<br /> &amp;mdash;Charlie Trotter, Acclaimed Chef and Award-Winning Author <p>&#8220;This book is an invitation to discover the bountiful wine regions, each different from one another, and is an homage to the beauty and uniqueness of the delicious wines they produced.&#8221;<br /> &amp;mdash;Georges Duboeuf, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf</p> <p>&#8220;The diversity of French wine is one of its attractions, but it can seem perplexing...until you pick up this marvelous guide. The route is well -marked, easy-to-follow, and the destinations are delicious.&#8221;<br /> &amp;mdash;Kermit Lynch, Wine Merchant and author, <i>Adventures on the Wine Route</i></p> <p>&#8220;...Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan lead us by the hand down the road of adventure to discover the wines of France that they know so well.... In their relaxed, wise, and mischievous way, they show us the joy and pleasure of drinking French wine.&#8221;<br /> &amp;mdash;Prince Alain de Polignac, Winemaker, Champagne Pommery</p> <p>You no longer need to be confused or intimidated by French wine. Authored by certified wine educators and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, <i>French Wine For Dummies</i> introduces you to the delicious world of fine French wine. Among other things, you&#8217;ll discover how to:</p> <ul> <li>Translate wine labels</li> <li>Identify great wine bargains</li> <li>Develop your own wine tastes</li> <li>Match French wines with foods</li> </ul> <p>Here&#8217;s everything you need to know to sip and savor the best&#8212;and the best-value&#8212;Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Alsace, and other delicious wines. This lighthearted and informative guide covers:</p> <ul> <li>The story of French wine and how it came to dominate the wine world</li> <li>How the French name and label their wines and why</li> <li>France&#8217;s most important wine regions&#8212;including a region-by-region survey of the best vineyards and their products</li> <li>France&#8217;s other wine regions, including Champagne, Alsace, the Loire Valley, and others</li> </ul> <p>So pour yourself a big glass of Beaujolais Nouveau, sit back, and enjoy the ride as Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan take you on an intoxicating journey through the wonderful world of French wine.</p>

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Champagne For Dummies

Published 11-02-1999

Champagne may be the most misunderstood category of wine in the world. The major reason for all the confusion is the use of the term &#8220;Champagne&#8221; appearing on labels of sparkling wines that come from places other than the province of Champagne in northeastern France. But true champagne can only be born in an environment that combines the essential elements of chalky soil, a cool climate, and the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grape varieties. These are the crucial elements informing the unique flavor profile found only in wines from that corner of the world. Without them, any wine&#8212;even a very good one&#8212;calling itself champagne, is just an imposter. <p>Baffled by bubbly? Let wine expert Ed McCarthy clear away the confusion. If you find shopping for champagne a challenge, try this fun, friendly guide and discover just how easy it is to select the perfect bottle and:</p> <ul> <li>Appreciate various champagne styles</li> <li>Enjoy the author&#8217;s favorite champagnes</li> <li>Store and serve champagne</li> <li>Pair champagne with food</li> <li>Evaluate sparkling wines from the US and other countries</li> </ul> <p>What&#8217;s the difference between brut and extra dry? Is Vintage Champagne worth the extra money? You&#8217;ll get the answers to these and all your questions about that effervescent wonder. And in the process you&#8217;ll discover:</p> <ul> <li>How champagne is made, what grape varieties are used, where the major grape-growing areas are, and how those tiny bubbles get into champagne</li> <li>The difference between vintage and non-vintage champagne and champagne specialties, such as blancs and ros&#233; Champagnes</li> <li>The meanings of terms used to describe the dryness/sweetness levels of champagne, such as <i>brut</i>, <i>extra-dry</i> and <i>semi-sec</i></li> <li>All about the great champagne houses, including in-depth coverage of the author&#8217;s 25 favorites</li> <li>Everything you need to know about buying and storing champagne</li> <li>The best ways to serve champagne, including the best glasses, the best foods to eat with it and more</li> </ul> <p>Like most good things in life, the better you understand champagne, the more you enjoy it. This friendly guide will help you make your enjoyment of the most glamorous beverage on the planet complete.</p>

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