Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wine Week! Wine book review: Windows on the World Complete Wine Course
Wine Week continues here on Broke Foodie! This week: I review all different kinds of wine books (just in time for the holidays). Next week: I drink wine, and tell you about it.
Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 25th Anniversary Edition by Kevin Zraly is the mothership of wine reference books. ("Reference" as opposed to "buying guide.")
This book takes you through every aspect of wine: grape varieties and types of wine, where they're produced, how to taste it, how to match it with food. It's the book version of the perpetually-sold out class, taught by the former wine director of Windows on the World. (Yes, that Windows on the World, the one on the top of the World Trade Center.) It's divided into eight sections (White Wines of France, Red Wines of California, etc.).
The other books this week have been primarily buying guides; they describe specific labels, so that you can take that book into your neighborhood wine shop and get that exact bottle. This book lists some specific labels, but it's more a book that gives you all the background information about wine you'll ever need. You'll really feel like an expert after reading this book. It's pretty super-awesome; after all, it is America's bestselling wine book.
Tomorrow: a really, really big wine reference book.