Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand By Len Napolitano
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Smells like dirt! Embracing the Origins of Wine Aroma, Flavor, and Color
1. How does wine get so many flavors and aromas? 2. How does wine get color? 3. What makes chardonnay, or any wine, taste different among producers? 4. Why are some wines blended? 5. Why are some wines filtered? 6. Why is wine aged in oak?
Chapter 2 We have three vines in our backyard and make a case of wine every year: Respecting the Land, Air, and Sun Inside Your Wine
7. What is a wine appellation of origin? 8. What is a vineyard-designated wine? 9. What is terroir? 10. What is the relationship between wine and weather? 11. What is hang time? 12. What can be learned from a visit to a winery? 13. What’s happening at a winery during harvest?
Chapter 3 Red wine gives me a headache. Gathering Wine Consumer Intelligence
14. Do sulfites in wine give me a headache? 15. What is organic wine? 16. What is tannin? 17. Why do some dry wines taste sweet? 18. What is a ‘hot” wine? 19. What should I look for on a wine label? 20. What’s better, cork or screw cap? 21. Are older wine vintages better than younger ones?
Chapter 4 I’ll take a glass of the house red: Navigating A Web of Wine Grapes and Styles
22. Why don’t European wine labels give the name of the grape? 23. How are claret, Meritage, and Bordeaux wines different from each other? 24. Are syrah and petite sirah the same wines? 25. Is there an easy way to navigate a wine list? 26. What is a Rhone-style wine? 27. What is Beaujolais Nouveau? 28. What are Late Harvest wines, and Port, Sherry, and Madeira wines? 29. What is the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine?
Chapter 5 I’m having a breakthrough! Encountering the Quandaries and Joys of Wine with Food
30. How important is the pairing of wine with food? 31. Which wines are compatible with a wide variety of foods? 32. What wines match best with Asian cuisine? 33. Which wines are best for cooking? 34. What wines pair best with Thanksgiving dinner? 35. Which wines are best for barbecues? 36. What foods match best with dessert wines?
Chapter 6 My wife loves wine. She goes through a box a week: Fine-Tuning Your Wine Appreciation
37. How do I learn to appreciate fine wine? 38. What are the steps to tasting and evaluating fine wine? 39. How do I conduct a wine tasting at home? 40. What is corkage? Is it okay to bring my own bottle of wine to a restaurant? 41. What is a corked wine? 42. What do wine nose, legs, and body mean? 43. Why do wineglasses come in a variety of shapes? 44. What’s the best way to save an unfinished wine? 45. What are the proper conditions for storing wine? 46. Why is white wine served colder than red wine? 47. When is it necessary to decant wine? 48. What is the proper way to open and serve sparkling wine? 49. Do you have any suggestions for giving wine as gifts? 50. How do I start a wine collection?
Appendix 1: Know the Ground Rules Appendix 2: Make the Most of Wine Tastings Appendix 3: Store and Serve Wine at Proper Temperatures Appendix 4: Pair Wine With Sauces, Ethnic Dishes & Cheeses Appendix 5: Describe Aromas and Flavors of Wine Appendix 6: Know True Varietal Character Resources Glossary of Terms
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