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Descriptions of Wines from Around the World
4th Edition

Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst - All books by this author

Enlarged and updated with information about newly flourishing wine-growing regions, enhanced coverage of viticultural practices, and additional winemaking terms, The New Wine Lover’s Companion informs, advises, and enlightens readers with approximately 4,000 entries that describe wines produced all around the world. The A-to-Z entries describe grape varieties; wine styles; wine-growing regions; winemaking techniques; wine-testing terms; sizes and styles of glassware, wine bottles and wine openers; optimal temperatures for serving different wines; and much more. The original edition of this book was hailed by Jurgen Gothe of the Vancouver Sun as “the best new wine book in more than a decade. . . ” and this new edition is better than ever. One of the many qualities that has made The New Wine Lover’s Companion so popular is its accessibility. No wine snobbery here. The authors serve up solid information about vintages, varieties, and which wine goes best with which food in a relaxed, conversational style that doesn’t intimidate readers. Following the A-to-Z entries, additional advice and information includes—

  • Tips on buying wine
  • Ordering wine in a restaurant
  • Understanding the information on wine bottle labels
  • Opening and serving wine at home
  • How to store leftover wine . . . and much more
Here is everything worth knowing about buying, storing, serving, and enjoying the world’s most civilized beverage—wine! Includes extensive appendices, charts, a glossary, and a bibliography.

From the Reviews:
"Now in an updated fourth edition, The New Wine Lover's Companion is a user-friendly reference to the world of fine wine, with alphabetical entries covering everything from "alluvial soil" (a type of soil prized in the viticultural world for the flavorful grapes it produces) to "Zinfandel" (a red-wine grape grown primarily in California). Charts and tables, guides to storing and serving wine, a bibliography, and much more round out this superb resource. Highly recommended, especially for anyone curious to learn more about the depth of wine culture."
The Midwest Book Review

From the reviews:
Praise for the previous edition:

“… one of my favorite compact reference books.”
—Laurie Daniel, San Jose Mercury News, December 2003

“A great reference! . . . excellent and accurate source for both wine professionals and those involved with wine purely for the love of it.”
—Jacques Pépin, cookbook author and TV chef

“At a mere $14.95, it’s a steal. … The sections are not stody textbook like entries, but are well-written, informative and upbeat. It’s so enticing that I find myself picking it up, opening it at random, reading and learning. … In the back of the book is a wide array of indices including a pronunciation guide to winery names and brands. The authors sagely recognize that such guides are essential for new wine buffs who want to get it right. … For any wine lover, beginner or old-timer, this work is a must. There is a wealth of information presented in a logical user-friendly manner. Highly recommended.”
—Bob Foster, California Grapevine, January 2004

“Know what geropiga is? Neither did I until I saw the entry in this new edition… Obscurities like this make this squat book as addictive to flip through as it is useful. … a great addition to anyone’s library, novice through expert.”
—Tara Q. Thomas, Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News Grapevine, December 21, 2003

“…a handy reference …”
—John Griffin, San Antonio Express—News , December 10, 2003

“…an invaluable, user-friendly reference. I learned something from the very first page I turned to, and keep learning as I keep turning.”
—William Rice, Food and Wine Columnist, Chicago Tribune

About The Authors:
Ron Herbst holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and spent the better part of a decade working in various restaurants around the country. He is the co-author of three critically acclaimed books with Sharon Tyler Herbst, including The New Food Lover’s Companion, which is currently featured on the Food Network’s website as their go-to food reference guide, The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion, and The New Wine Lover’s Companion, all published by Barron's.

Sharon Tyler Herbst, was an award-winning author of many books on cooking and dining, a food and travel journalist, a media personality who made many appearances on national radio and television shows, a consultant and spokesperson for national food and beverage companies, and a past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her bestselling previous book for Barron’s, Food Lover’s Companion, was praised by The New York Times for being “As thick and as satisfying as a well-stuffed sandwich.”


Paperback / 768 Pages / 4 7/8 x 7 1/8 / 2017


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