Sunday, January 22, 2012


Some book suggestions for the #winelover:

13    Champagne for Dummies
Ed McCarthy    Champagne

Praise for Champagne For Dummies "A spiritual man, lover and devotee of Champagne, and one who expresses this passion with great talent. Magical words, effervescent phrases, and fizzy formulas celebrate a wine bubbling with crazy ideas. I raise my glass to Ed McCarthy to thank him for evoking his ebullience for Champagne with such humor." — Christian Pol-Roger, Director General, Pol Roger & Cie.Complete coverage of 25 great Champagne houses
Baffled by bubbly? Let wine expert Ed McCarthy clear away any confusion. What's the difference between brut and extra dry? Is Vintage Champagne worth the extra money? How good are Champagne-style sparkling wines from California? If you find shopping for Champagne a challenge, try this fun and friendly guide — and discover just how easy it is to select the perfect bottle of bubbly.
Discover how to: Appreciate various Champagne styles Enjoy the author's favorite Champagnes Store and serve Champagne Pair Champagne with food Evaluate sparkling wines from the United States and other countries
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About the Author

Ed McCarthy is a Certified Wine Educator, a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Journal, and the coauthor of four previous For Dummies?? wine books.

14    Explorer's Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination (Ninth Edition)
Peg Melnik    Napa & Sonoma

"Consistently rated the best guides to the regions covered...Readable, tasteful, appealingly designed. Strong on dining, lodging, and history."—National Geographic Traveler
As helpful for natives as it is for visitors, Explorer's Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination reveals the richness and color of this remarkable place. There are well-known as well as undiscovered wineries, a wealth of eateries, the best accommodations, and important travel information. Also included is an events calendar, “If Time Is Short” options, local history, color photos and maps, and essential information to help you find the best ways to spend your vacation time. Explorer's Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination, now in its ninth edition, has been acclaimed repeatedly by The Wine Advocate and Wine & Spirits. 100 full-color photographs