Red Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to the 50 Essential Varieties & Styles

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Winner of the Gourmand International Award for Best Drinks Book!

The definitive compendium for all lovers of red wine, written by bestselling authors Kevin Zraly and the World Wine Guys.

Award-winning authors Kevin Zraly and the World Wine Guys tell the story of red wine, grape by grape, revealing the vast world of the 50 essential varieties and styles—from Agiorgitiko to Zinfandel—that you should know. All your favorites are here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Syrah, covered in fascinating, eye-opening detail. You’ll also discover little-known gems, such as Amarone, Baco Noir, Xinomavro, and Zweigelt. The helpful introduction explains how red wine grapes evolved and spread, how red wine is made, and how the winemaking process influences the taste of the final wine. Peppered with engaging facts and figures, each chapter profiles one variety or style, featuring comprehensive at-a-glance information that provides color and tasting notes, what to expect in the glass, suggested food pairings, and recommended wines at a variety of price points from bargain to splurge. In-depth essays offer capsule histories of each grape or style, including their origins, typical characteristics, popularity, and other notable countries that produce them. Winemakers and other industry experts appear in their own words alongside gorgeous photography that brings the regions, vineyards, grapes, and wines to vivid life.

“This new, definitive resource for all things red wine covers 50 essential varieties and styles from around the world, plus facts about wine that everyone deserves to know… perfect for wine newbies and experts alike.” — Marie Claire
“Red Wine isn’t a book made to collect dust on your shelf, it’s a book made to be used. … brief and engaging narratives . . . make the book super user-friendly and a must-check before running out to the wine store.” — HuffPost
Red Wine is, simply stated, an exceptional book.” — Wineormous
“With eye-catching photography and engaging anecdotes from winemakers the world over, Red Wine is . . . a great, easy-to-read resource with tasting notes, food pairings and more . . . which makes it a great gift for the novice and geek alike.”—Wine Enthusiast
“This user-friendly guide is organized by grape rather than region. All the better for big Cabernet Sauvignon fans read up on global offerings and the authors’ specific wine suggestions ranging from bargain options to special occasion options for each varietal. Bundle this book with a nice bottle of red wine for the oenophile in your life. It’ll be a hit. Oh, and Zraly is the founder of Windows on the World Wine School; DeSimone and Jenssen are the World Wine Guys—wine, spirits, food and travel writers, educators and hosts. The combined expertise of the three wine minds behind this guide is equal to almost a century's worth of wine education and experience.” —
 “It’s a great introductory book for a new wine lover — the chapters are short and punchy but thorough—and also a very solid reference text for true experts as well.” — Santa Barbara Independent