This new wine handbook, written by Carolyn Hammond, founder of the Wine Tribune and contributor to Decanter magazine among others, covers everything from selecting the perfect bottle to storing wine and talking the talk. Carolyn clearly knows her stuff and it is apparent in many of the book’s sections — particularly Tasting Wine Like a Pro — that she holds a diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Admittedly, Vino Girl only reached the Advanced Certificate level but can still appreciate the depth of knowledge that WSET imparts.
There are heaps of information for wine neophytes and connoisseurs alike, most of it useful. We at Drink the Good Stuff can appreciate any book that exposes the fact that not all wines on a restaurant wine list are ready to drink. We also loved the pointer on how to make sure the wine you bring to a dinner party is served that evening — arrive with it decanted. Brilliant!
One of our favorite sections is the Wine Myths chapter which dispenses valuable clues on assessing quality
It’s a great gift for someone who wants to casually learn more about wine. You could conceivably read a tip or two each evening and be on your way to swirling and sniffing with the pros.
Forgive me, Caroline, while I let the wine snob in me tiptoe out for just a second. I sincerely hope that any friend I might recommend this book to does not serve me
Available on Amazon.com.