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Snooth User: Chris Carpita

The Perfect Starter Book

Posted by Chris Carpita, Feb 29, 2008.

I was wondering if anybody had any experience with great books about wine for somebody who is relatively new to wine and wants to learn the basics, and also get over the "hump" of intimidation that comes with the gregarious activities.

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Reply by Philip James, Feb 29, 2008.

Wine for Dummies - given to me by RBoulanger and passed on to several other people since! An excellent starter.

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Reply by JustinYao, Feb 29, 2008.

It's on my desk now ;-) will pass it to you several days later.

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Reply by Daniel Petroski, Feb 29, 2008.

Thirsty Work by Matt Skinner; And Jancis Robinson's How to Taste.

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Reply by akops41, Feb 29, 2008.

chris - wine for dummies was the testbook for Wines at Cornell. did you get it?

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Reply by VRider, Feb 29, 2008.

Test book for Wines? What the hell is that? You have exam about wines on CS? :-)

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Reply by Chris Carpita, Feb 29, 2008.

Hahaha, yeah, it's actually on the shelf right in front of me as I type :-D. I was wondering about other books besides the obvious "...for Dummies" brand.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Feb 29, 2008.

If you can't accept being a dummy, or if you are a little bit beyond n absolute abecedarian, you should try The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil, the head of wine education at the Culinary Institute in Napa and host of a PBS show.

Although its still a paperback, its about twice as big as the dummies book which should make you twice as smart as all those other people in no time!

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Reply by Chris Carpita, Mar 1, 2008.

@RBoulanger: I wasn't knockin the Dummies, it's a pretty decent book (the lecturer of my wine class felt so), but of course I'm interested in discussing the alternatives. Thanks for the tip on the Bible!

@Dan: I also appreciate your suggestions very much, thank you,

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Reply by srh2110, Mar 2, 2008.

Dummy here. Thanks for the suggestion!


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