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Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  239 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
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 Simpl
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Published November 3rd 2010 by Clarkson Potter (first published January 1st 2000)
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Adam Wiggins
Jun 19, 2016 Adam Wiggins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"For me, wine is a little daily celebration that I don't have to work hard to pull off."

This book demystifies the topic of fine wine. Its purpose is not education for its own sake, but rather to arm the reader to select wines they'll like, and then to maximize enjoyment of its drinking.

Key terms:

Body - A textural sensation, where light body is like skim milk and full body is like cream. Riesling and Pinot Noir are light-bodied, Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc are medium-bodied, and Syrah and Chardo
Apr 24, 2008 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentreads
I enjoyed this book tremendously. I picked it up from the library immediately after a wonderful weekend spent in Sonoma on a wine tasting trip. After the realization that I didn't really understand the difference between a pinot noir and a cabernet sauvignon (nor even knowing that these were the names of the individual grape varietals), I decided to school myself.

This book took a very basic, easily approachable method of learning about wines. The author chose to base the lessons on the big six
By all means a great book. Good the examples to familiarize with wines. But history behind the wines is extremely important. And on this she performs poorly. There are quite a few mistakes about italian wines. She should have learned better from her master Zraly. Namley it is simply not true that Italians ( quote )"with extremely rare exceptions just do not care about Italian wines". ( pg.213. As a matter of fact we have many wonderful white wines and many reagions are proud precisely of these. ...more
This book took me a few tries to get through, which is something of a shame... it's a bit hard to read, since it's patterned something like a "For Dummies" book. Andrea (Immer) Robinson actually writes well and engagingly, so this might be a format forced on her by the editor/publishing house.

Despite the awkward format that interrupts what could have been a smooth flow of ideas and information, there's still a lot to like about "Great Wine Made Simple." In broad strokes, it paints the overall pi
Jesse Decker
May 30, 2011 Jesse Decker rated it really liked it
Even in the whirlwind of the 2010 summer move to San Mateo, Beth and I were excited about exploring California’s wine country. As soon as a few boxes were unpacked and we had some breathing space, I sent a note to Sheldon Menery asking for some tips on where to go. We had fun right from the beginning, thanks in no small part to Sheldon’s advice. Ever since, when I’ve had a wine question, I ping Sheldon through Facebook and avail myself of his knowledge. When I asked for book advice, he pointed w ...more
Dec 22, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robinson did an excellent job organizing this book so as to make the daunting wine world more accessible to the average wine dabbler. The book starts with a simple introduction to "the Big Six" grape varietals, then progresses to a discussion on various commonly-used wine descriptors (oaky, acidic, tannic, herbal, floral, etc), and finally highlights major old world wine regions, with discussions on aging, decanting, food pairing etc. Throughout the book, she recommends several tastings so that ...more
Apr 25, 2014 Sorento62 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love this book. Great introduction to the world of wine. I especially love all the tasting exercises she presents. I have done several of the tastings with friends. It was once my ambition to do all of the tastings in the book, but now that format no longer seems to be the best for the wine socializing I do.
Laura Strom
Mar 31, 2015 Laura Strom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for someone learning about wine. I found the organization of the book helpful and enjoyed sampling the suggested wines as I learned to detect various flavors and discover new preferences.
Jun 11, 2016 Ietrio rated it it was ok
Shelves: junk
A mystic book, about a mystic subject. The only real useful part is the controlled vocabulary, which you can get from multiple sites online anyway.
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
I know a lot about wine (NOT EVERYTHING), I have about 150 bottles hoarded from boutique wineries/bottles you can't just go to the store and buy. BUT this actually makes it simple to look up and use as a reference with all the information. It's one I will keep on my counter on my quick cookbook shelf... You know the one! The "I use them so much I am not looking in the bookshelf for it" shelf.

It's totally organized, and does not add a bunch of useless fluff, like other wine books do. Not only is
Sep 26, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was introduced to Andrea Robinson while reading Kevin Zrayl's Complete Wine Course book and decided to get a few of her books. This is the first in a 2 part series. I found this book a great joy to read and learned so much from Robinson. I am anxious to read the second book which focuses more on food and wine pairing. Her writing/teaching style is down to earth, easy reading and her love for wine and knowledge of it is joyfully and generously shared in this book. Highly recommended for those i ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good introduction to wines. Great tasting menus and recommendations.
If you want a good book that will go into great detail about wines without inundating the reader in statistics and charts, then this is the book for you. I’m a wine enthusiast, and I still regularly consult this book. It also has a wine tasting party planner, which is simply excellent. She really has increased my understanding and ability to taste wine. I’ve learned so much, and it’s easy to just read a chapter here and there. It is also a fantastic reference book.
Sep 20, 2014 Alaina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in learning about the wine world, I highly recommend this book. The author helps the average reader learn about wine with simple language and everyday illustrations, making it easy to understand. The best part is that there are guide tastings (complete with bottle recommendations) after each section to experience what you've read.
Jan 12, 2012 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was helpful, and I'll reference it for a while yet. Because of this book, some internet research, a lot of tastings, and a few documentaries, everyone I know now thinks I know a lot about wine. I don't, by the way, but apparently I sound like I do. I REALLY hope that doesn't mean that I sound like a snooty asshole.
Mark Hiser
Sep 06, 2012 Mark Hiser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is one of the most engaging and comprehensible books I have read about wine. The author is passionate about the world of wine and is not at all a "wine snob."

I recommend this book (especially the first part of it) as a great introduction and as a tool for discovering what you like and dislike about certain wines.
Apr 09, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-and-drink
If you know nothing about wine, this is an excellent starter!
Robinson is a wonderful teacher, straightforward, unpretentious, highly knowledgeable, and passionate about wine. She is a real confidence builder. After reading this book, you will never look at a restaurant's wine list in the same way again.
Apr 04, 2008 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yum
She could focus a little more on the wines people will actually be more likely to purchase. Her attempt to broaden the American Consumer's palate is admirable, but frustratingly narrow in scope...I'd like to see a more exhaustive guide to regionalism and terroir. But then, that just wouldn't be "simple" would it?
Apr 08, 2013 Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great introduction to wine, wine tasting, and how to find wines you like. The do-it-yourself tastings to learn about the structure and flavors of wine are excellent. This is the closest thing I've seen to the only book about wine that most people will ever need.
Kathy (McDowell) Miller
Love this book! I consider myself very well-educated about wines and wine-tasting, but Andrea makes wines, wine labels and wine-tasting so easy to understand for anyone! Highly recommended as a gift for the newbie or the oenophile in your life.
Dec 13, 2010 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
I got this book from the library and will definitely be buying it for myself. The author breaks down the complex world of wine in simple steps, breaking things down for a novice like myself.
Dec 28, 2008 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't quite finished this yet, but I liked how Immer breaks wine down into some basic elements and gives you a simple tasting plan you can follow to edumacate yourself.
Aug 05, 2011 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introductory book breaking down wines for the beginner. Helpful tasting suggestions throughout to help you better understand what she is writing about.
Oct 16, 2008 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book for "novice" wine drinkers. It will make anyone feel like an expert, and help to make the wine drinking experience much more fun.
Jul 29, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I read this book camping with the Crowe's in Northern MN in the Boundry waters and it rained daily. They played cards, I read about wine.
Feb 04, 2010 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to find a better book if you are looking for an introduction to wine. Includes suggested tastings.
Aug 19, 2011 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging tutorial for wine fans seeking to learn more.
Sheena Davis
Jun 13, 2013 Sheena Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
The perfect book for anyone who wants to learn about wine.
Yann Peng
Dec 22, 2012 Yann Peng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-b
Great wine book for a starter!
Kingbird rated it it was ok
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