Need to bone up on the wines of Greece and Hungary? Can’t keep straight the various styles of Madeira? Desire a greater understanding of the production of various ciders? You need The Sommelier Prep Course: An Introduction to the Wines, Beers, and Spirits of the World.
As the name might imply, wine is the focus of this book, which is actually a textbook broken into chapters and each with a set of review questions at the end. The full wine experience is here, from the history of the grape to wine pairings to descriptions of every wine region you can imagine. The information is in-depth but accessible and easy to digest, useful both for beginners and even more seasoned wine drinkers.
The inclusion of beer and spirits is a little baffling here. The former gets two chapters, the latter one, and neither gets enough attention to merit much of your time.
Other than that, though, this is a useful and intelligent book that anyone looking to expand or refresh their wine knowledge should enjoy. Maps, charts, terminology, and even pronunciation guides are to be found herein. At $29, it’s not going to break the bank, either.
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