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Wine for Dummies (For Dummies)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  635 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Because you don't know a Chardonnay from a Cabernet Sauvignon, do you panic when the waiter hands you a wine list? Do you know what to do when the waiter hands you the cork? Are you embarrassed when you can't remember if white wine goes with fish or chicken or both?
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 16th 1998 by For Dummies (first published 1995)
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Jul 22, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
Wine for Dummies is a great book for both the experienced and novice wine drinker. The Introduction goes through how the book is organized and which parts of the book should be read, depending on what the reader is interested in. Pretty much every aspect of wine is covered -grape varieties, how wine is made and regulated in various countries, how to read a wine label or restaurant wine list, and much more. The really technical information is labeled as such and can easily be skipped.

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Wira Rohandi
Sep 26, 2012 Wira Rohandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I only drink Champagne when I'm happy, and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty." - Madame Lily Bollinger
Jeremy Taylor
Overall this is a good book, worthy of a four star review. The reason for my two star review is because of Chapter 7, Confronting a Restaurant Wine List. This is the one chapter that obviously is written by people who don't have experience in the area they are talking about and didn't bother to consult with people who do before making some bold assumptions. This chapter is full of misinformation, negative assumptions, and directions on how to conduct yourself in a restaurant that if followed, ma ...more
Chris Comis
I haven't read many of these "Dummies" books over the years, but this was a nice little quick guide to becoming a wine snob. Now I can use the phrase "ebulliently fruity" to describe the next Riesling I try. Everyone will be so impressed!

Oct 03, 2015 Malloreon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink
I read this fascinating book during my wine drinking phase.
Steven Peterson
Feb 16, 2013 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "For Dummies" series has been an intriguing enterprise. The use of the term "Dummies" could be considered offputting--yet the series has obviously done well, as more and more volumes are developed. I have found many of the books useful to me. And this is another in that group.

I know enough about wine to get by. This volume, though, adds a context to my knowledge of wine that I appreciate. The purpose is presented at the outset (Page 1): "We want you and everyone else to enjoy wine. . .--rega
This is a brief introduction to wine for people who normally drink beer, from what glass to use to how to describe flavors this book will help you fake knowledge about wine. Made for the American market for American wine drinkers with only a nod to the most famous European wines, the focus is on Californian wines and Oregon (Really, Oregon? I had no idea they made wine in Oregon). This book will appeal to anyone looking to appear knowledgeable about wine.

We listened to the book while driving fro
Gregor Erbach
Feb 13, 2012 Gregor Erbach rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
Wein für Dummies eignet sich sehr gut als erster Einstieg in das Thema Wein. Die wichtigsten Begriffe werden erläutert, und es gibt viele praktische Tips zum Thema Wein auswählen, kaufen, probieren, und lagern, sowie Hintergrundinformationen zu Rebsorten und Weinherstellung. Die wichtigsten Weinbaugebiete der Welt werden vorgestellt, teilweise mit vielen Details zu einzelnen Rebsorten und Produzenten. Zum Teil wirkt das Buch etwas unausgewogen; Frankreich und Kalifornien werden ausführlich präse ...more
Er Mendoza
It's a good book for people getting into wines. The only complaint I have is the chapter on ordering wines at restaurants. I found it kind of combatant. I still enjoy it even to give it 3 stars.
Luke Langley
Helped understand some wine terminology, processes, and how to taste wine properly. Showed me that though I like wine I will never be and great wine aficionado.
Bryn (Plus Others)
This is a very functional wine reference book which taught some people in our system things about wine they did not know, and which if we owned it (we do not it is a library ebook) would be very useful for looking things up about wine. So maybe we will buy a copy!

This is not a book to read straight through from end to end, because it is a reference book and full of tables and lists. :-)
Oct 29, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-and-drink

A nicely plain approach to wine, with none of the pompousness that scares so many people off, myself included. The author keeps for a main theme: if the wine tastes good to you, drink it, if not, don’t. The rest is really just extras that gives you something to talk about at fancy parties.

A wonderfully irrelevant introduction to the surprisingly not overwhelming world of wine.
Apr 11, 2013 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book might scare you off and that would be a shame. Wine for Dummies is a very informative book, full of great knowledge for newbies and reference information that any wine lover might need to call on. I read the newest edition, which had been updated with extremely current details - always important with this kind of book. I used it as a study guide during my wine course and felt it was a great tool for that. I'm sure I'll be picking this up again when I need a refresher on a ...more
John Montgomery
A light, fun read - a lot of information, too much to remember!
Tina Hayes
Mar 03, 2009 Tina Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
'Wine for Dummies' is a great book for anyone who drinks the fruit of the vine. Experts and newbies alike will learn from this fun, informative book by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan. Varietals are explained, the top wines of each region around the globe are pointed out, there is a pronounciation guide so we can figure out how to pronounce Pouilly-Fuisse, along with tips on which corkscrews work best. Whether you're looking to find the correct temperature for serving Shiraz or you want to k ...more
Donna Richter
Good way to start learning about wine.
Fredrick Danysh
While the authors have wine backgrounds and give some nice backgrounds, the give off the aura of wine snobs. Most of the wines discussed are from Europe, California, or New York giving the impression that these are the two states are the only quality wine producers. There are over a hundred wineries in Texas alone which produce some excellent vintages. Also Duplin County winery in North Carolina and Nissey Winery iin Pennsylvania produce wines better than most of California or New York.
Mar 13, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Considering how vast the world of wine is, this book is a great place to start. There is loads of practical information presented in an approachable format along with plenty of good advice. I feel way more educated on the topic of wine and found the book full of fascinating content. I can now more confidently select and serve wine and have more fun doing it. In the word's of Major Payne, "Who's the dummy now?"
Alain Aguilar
A great book to read while passing the time
Apr 07, 2013 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good overview of the world of wine. I especially like the appendix for definitions and pronunciation of non-English wine words. The authors also suggest notable producers in the major wine categories. This is helpful in the exploration stage and I have been using their suggestions to good effect.
May 23, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is among the books used in the Cornell University Hotel School's Wine Tasting Class - my brother tool the class and I asked him to get me the books.

I'm less than half way through the book, but it's very clearly written and it explains a lot of the winesnob jargon.
Mar 24, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, wine, food
As A relative wine novice I found this a good introduction to the world of wine. I was familiar with with the styles of wine out of California but didn't know much about European wine. I now feel like I have a basis for begging to explore wine from other regions.
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
An easy to understand and listen to audio book. It will give newbies and experts alike the basics around distinguishing between, choosing, drinking, and then describing all sorts of different wines.
Feb 18, 2008 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wine beginner
A great book for a basic foundation in your wine study.

I always recommend this book to somebody who has just started working at my restaurant, and doesn't know anything about wine.
Aug 01, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just the basics and definitely a good book for someone just learning to appreciate wine. Written in a way that you can understand and keeps you interested.
Andrew Loewer
May 04, 2012 Andrew Loewer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the textbook for Cornell's wine class and doesn't disappoint, giving you more than enough reference on terroir and viticulture than you'll ever need.
May 08, 2008 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good intro to wine book that I used as a textbook for my wine tasting class in college. Great foundation, easy to read, and fun at the same time.
Sep 04, 2013 Alaina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Informative, but not that interesting. Very technical. Like Great Wine Made Simple much better. Held interest better and used great illustrations.
Simon Yoong
Read this while waiting for my wife. A good book no more no less than advertised. Great that they included aussie wines.
Victor Alejandro
Very helpful in different levels, if you have only curiosity or if you are looking for real knowledge.
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