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Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  767 ratings  ·  101 reviews
A fresh, fun, and unpretentious guide to wine from Bon Appetit columnist Marissa A. Ross

Does the thought of having to buy wine for a dinner party stress you out? Is your go-to strategy to pick the bottle with the coolest label? Are you tired of choosing pairings based on your wallet, rather than your palate? Fear not! Bon Appetit contributor and Wine. All The Time. blogge
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Plume Books
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Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have seen some fairly negative reviews of this book, but they seem targeted at the delivery so let me say this: if you are remotely stuffy, easily offended, or believe that profanity and sexual references instantly invalidate the wealth of knowledge being imparted simply because of their inclusion, this is not the book for you.

However, if you recognize great comedic writing for what it is AND want to learn about wine in a totally engaging, not at all snotty book, READ THIS. I have tried to be
Randal White
Disappointing! Disappointing. If you are looking for juvenile and profane writing, you may enjoy this book. Otherwise, there are many, many better introductions to wine. Let me quote just a few examples. "Or you can just pour it in a glass and let it chill out for a while, and boom, you just aerated that shit!" "Brut: Pretty fucking dry champagne". "It was easy to ignore that they were unemployed, only wanted blowjobs, and always smelled like cigarettes" (there are numerous wine/oral sex compari ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: prh-firsttoread
Voy a comenzar haciendo énfasis en la sinopsis, donde dice que es una guía no pretenciosa para introducirte al mundo del vino. Pues vamos, es presuntuosa y pretenciosa, Marissa trata de parecer graciosa, pero no lo es.
Hay tantas contradicciones, pues a pesar de que te dice que cada uno percibe de manera distinta, te hace una descripción detallada de cómo saben los vinos de forma bastante personal, con esto cae en la categoría de esos sommelier que tanto echa abajo.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, food-health
Marissa Ross began casually blogging about wine in 2012. For three years she sent words out into the great and vast darkness of the internets without much of a following. But she got her big break in 2015 when she was interviewed by New York Magazine. Just a few months later, she got a book deal (for this book) and then began contributing to some of the most impressive wine and food magazines in the country. She found her groove and has been on a roll ever since.

Which is all well and good for he
Jenny Houle
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: firsttoread
I received a free ARC of this book from FirstToRead for an honest and unbiased opinion.

My first complaint is not actually with the writer or the book, but instead with the editors...there were at least five places where obvious typos (one example was "worlds" where the word "words" should have been. Hopefully, things like that will be corrected before the book actually goes on sale.

Admittedly, I too expected the book to be a bit less encyclopedic. FirstToRead's description said "Told in Ross' si
Mary Clare
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first stumbled upon Marissa Ross' blog last summer when Chris and I went to a fancy French restaurant because of a Groupon deal and I had the BEST WINE EVER. Wine like I had never had before that completely changed my life and made me want to actually educate myself about wine because holy hell, how can wine taste that good? Anyways, a quick google search on this bottle of wine later...she had reviewed the same bottle we had that night at dinner and I spent the next week or so reading (devouri ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Until I write a review, my blurb about it on my 2017 Gift Guide: I've bought this book for myself, and I plan on gifting it to people who are in their mid-20s and their mid-50s (translation: this book is great whether you're new to adulthood or old hat). This wonderfully irreverent and accessible guide has totally changed my relationship with wine, and I've had to stop myself from chasing people around liquor stores recommending this book. Imagine you have a non-snobbish friend who is well-verse ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marissa Ross has an irreverent writing style but she knows her shit. So if T.M.I. sexual innuendos and bad language don't bother you, and you want to learn something about wine then pick this up. Don't let the irreverent tone make you think there isn't a lot of info in here. I would probably have to read this two more times for the actual wine info to sink in and for me to truly remember it. Oh and she is really into something called "natural wine" which is a cool thing if you live in California ...more
Rich Jackson
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Fantastic and hilarious!
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Living in the wine country of Northern California, I like to fancy myself an avid wine drinker. A member of a few wineries, going wine tasting regularly, I was unsure if I would learn much by reading this book. What I learned is I want to be Marissa A. Ross' best friend.

Holy smokes! Not only did I learn a grape bunch about varietals I hadn't heard of (I'll admit I typically stick to California wines), but her detailed explanation of tasting notes, regions, terroirs, and more blew me away! I am
Lisa Welch
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The un-snobbiest guide to learning more about wine. At times crude, but always funny, I enjoyed learning more about my favorite beverage.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I went to my local wine store last week (not one of the many cult LA ones name-dropped in this book) and I realized as I was talking to the guy there that I have drank enough wine to have very specific tastes but I don't have any vocabulary to talk about what I like and don't like. I thought I should maybe read a wine book to rectify that. This book only kind of helped.

The book is really unfocused. I get that it's partially a humor book but it basically starts with stories about being poor and
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It almost seems outlandish that I enjoyed this book as much as I did... but "Wine. All the time." changed my approach to wine almost immediately.
Ross's humor and writing style make it easy to dive into the book. I got this from the library but will be buying my own copy so I can refer back to it. She does a great job breaking down types of wine, her descriptions are amazing, and she makes it clear that all it takes to appreciate wine is *wanting* to appreciate it.
Justlesa Hall
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
what a funny, lengthy, interesting book all about wine. It's informative, detailed( I haven't been able to look at commercial wine right every since) and reads like you're chatting with a close girlfriend. Definitely recommend for all those 20 somethings looking to move past the grocery store wine.
Jackie B
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was a fun, very accessible wine guide. Sure, the humor was crude at times, but in a fun R-rated comedy way. The important thing is that I learned a ton because it was written for normal people, and took time to define all those big crazy words you hear in the wine world. Would recommend to a millennial interested in wine.
Liza McArdle
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny and irreverent. I have no idea why this book took me so long to finish because I enjoyed it every time I picked it up. However, I have learned that most of all, I just want to read fiction.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, non-fiction, humor
4.5 stars on audio! Ross delivers a fun and humorous guide to learning about wine!
Susan Howson
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun and inspiring and my wine drinking (and inevitable hangovers) improved 100% almost immediately.
January Gray
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great and fun for all wine lovers regardless of budget or knowledge of wine. Highly recommend. Very fun without being stuck up.
Dea Mochnick
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I feel more confident ordering and buying wine plus I laughed out loud a few times - win!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received a copy of this book through First to Read in exchange for a review.

I would say I thoroughly enjoyed this guide to wine and wine drinking. It was fun and entertaining as well as informative. My favorite parts were her guide to taking wine along with you, and what type of wine to drink with what person/event. They were hilarious with a ring of truth to them.

The biggest thing I took away from this book is don't be afraid to try new and different wines - there is something out there for
Nicole Huetter
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Informative and easy to read. I knew most of the info from my wine selling days, but a good place to start for beginners!
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Marissa A. Ross writes about wine like your best friend, giving you tons of information in a non-pretentious, non-judgmental way, and helping you level up as a grown-up. She has tons of hilarious anecdotes, and chronicles her journey from nasty, spiked boxed wine, to $6 bottles, to actual real-live tastings at fancy wine shops. She arms you with lots of vocabulary and methods of making wine, and also has to-do lists or homework assignments peppered throughout the book, to help you try new wines ...more
D Kremer
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maybe if I was a 30-something, or if I lived in California, or if I didn’t listen to the sage advice of everybody everywhere that you shouldn’t express your political views, I might really love this f-bomb throwing, sometimes crude, who-would-say-that author. At times it was like being at a comedy show where the swearing is supposed to be funny but it wasn’t. This classless writing was unnecessary, denying credibility, especially since there were some really great points! I DID seek out a wine s ...more
Ashley Reading Stewardess
I received an ARC from Penguin ' First to Read and I wasn't impressed with this. I expected more humor and comedic writing, instead I felt like I was being talked down to. The only reason this gets 2 stars is due to my learning just how many types of wines I've never heard of there are.
Autumn Byrd
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
The following review is based off my own opinions, thoughts and reactions. So in other words brace yourself. *There may be inappropriate words such as curse words.* You have been advised in advance.*

Before I get this party started, I would like to give a shout out to the author for hosting the giveaway that allowed me to acquire this book. I had such a fun time reading it and it actually became a great conversation started among some new coworkers. So thank you so much and enjoy this review!

Brooke Everett
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
Informative with a fun, chatty vibe. I'm not a wine novice by any means, but for some reason certain words, phrases, and definitions in the wine lexicon simply won't stick in my brain. This will now be my always-handy reference book for those times.

Though I'm constantly seeking out new tastes and experiences across the board, I do tend to stick to bubbles, rosé, and cold climate whites that taste like they've been squeezed from a rock. Thanks to Marissa's enthusiasm, I will certainly branch out
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a digital advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love reading books about wine written by women, so I was very excited to be approved for a book that billed itself as an “unpretentious yet comprehensive guide to wine.” The last wine book that I read was disappointing because it seemed to be a short serious book more suitable for use as an occasional reference, and I was really looking for a book with good humor and a light attitude that could be re
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Penguin's first to read program for giving me a copy of this book for an honest review.

Well you asked for honest. This is a book entirely about wine. Literally, that's all that this is. Yes, Ross does give some comical anecdotes, but I would love to read more about some of those than the growing regions of wine.

I feel like the synopsis of the book led me in the wrong direction of what this would be about. Had it said "a textbook on all things wine" I would probably have not requested t
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this and want to buy the print book so I have it for reference. I read Cork Dork last year and loved it, too, but where Bianca Bosker’s book focused on the elite training of sommeliers and got reeeaaallly specific and wonky, this book is squarely aimed at everyday people who just want to know more about wine because they like it. She has a conversational tone, and because she’s a comedy writer in addition to being a wine writer she is hilarious. Imagine your funniest girlfriend knew a to ...more
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Marissa A. Ross is a writer, humorist, and leisure enthusiast. The comedy-writer turned wine-writer is a contributing editor and the official wine columnist for Bon Appétit Magazine. Marissa began blogging about wine in 2012 and has since been named one of Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40, served as Man Repeller's "go-to wine expert," was named "Coach of the Month" by Elle magazine, and has been feat ...more
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