Anything but Chardonnay: A Guide to the Other Grapes
Publish Date: 2008-03-01
Author: Laura Holmes Haddad
Do you love wine but not know much about it? Do wine lists (and wine snobs) make you nervous? Is your default order at a bar or restaurant, Gee, I guess Ill have a glass of Chardonnay? Well then, its time you learn your ABCAnything but Chardonnay!and join the other budding oenophiles who are discovering that theres a whole wide wonderful world of wine beyond that mundane old standby.
Wine and food journalist Laura Holmes Haddad guides your exploration of scores of other well-known and not-so-well-known varieties of wine grapes: albario and falanghina, riesling and tempranillo, carbernet franc and malbec (and many, many more). Haddad recognizes that gaining knowledge about wine can be an intimidating prospect, and so shes written her timely new guide in a style thats smart, lively, and very accessible to the non-expert reader.
Anything But Chardonnay is organized by the basic types of wine: red, white, bubbly, and dessert. In addition to her clear descriptions of each grape and the typical characteristics of the wines made from it, Haddad provides valuable information on wine regions, producers, prices, and pairing wines with foodall enlivened with splashes of fascinating wine trivia and lovely illustrations.