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From grape to glass, this highly readable, charmingly illustrated guide will teach you everything you need to know to enjoy wine.
“How to Drink Wine demystifies this topic, taking out the BS and replacing it with fun.”—Mike D, the Beastie Boys
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BON APPÉTIT
Everybody knows that the world of wine can be vast and intimidating and complex. But what few people seem to know is where to start when it comes to learning the basics. How to Drink Wine solves that problem.
The path to drinking wine with confidence begins with this very informative, very relatable, very entertaining book, thanks to award-winning sommelier and restaurateur Grant Reynolds and acclaimed writer and founder of The Infatuation, Chris Stang.
By reading How to Drink Wine, you will:
• Acquire some foundational terminology. Cuvée, maceration, sul tes . . . what does it all mean?
• Learn of the twenty-nine wines you need to know—and about important producers.
• Find answers to questions you might be embarrassed to ask, like exactly how is rosé made?
• Start to pair wines with your life instead of your plate.
• Be able to navigate a wine list and/or store.
You probably already know what you like to drink. This book will help you better understand why. And as a result, your knowledge, curiosity, and wine collection will expand. So will your number of friends.
About the Author
Grant Reynolds is an award-winning sommelier, included in Forbes’s 30 Under 30 in 2017 and named Wine & Spirits’ Best New Sommelier in 2013. He is the owner of the wine shop Parcelle and is a partner in the New York City restaurants Charlie Bird, Pasquale Jones, and Legacy Records. Grant has been featured in Bon Appétit, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, and Vogue, and he has written about wine for Vanity Fair.
Chris Stang is the cofounder and CEO of The Infatuation, one of the fastest growing restaurant discovery platforms in the world. He has served as the architect of the brand’s editorial voice and creative vision since the company’s inception in 2009, developing a dedicated audience of millions who turn to The Infatuation for useful, relatable, and entertaining restaurant recommendations. Chris was nominated in 2015 for a James Beard Award for Humor Writing, and in 2019 the Financial Times called him “arguably the most influential restaurant reviewer in America.” His favorite word from that quote is “arguably.”
“Delightful, whimsical.”—The Washington Post
“Grant and Chris have guided my way around wine and food for years. Now, with their user-fun and -friendly book, readers will get a basic working knowledge in picking a delicious wine, effortlessly. How to Drink Wine is the perfect gift for anyone who is wine-illiterate, which is almost everyone I know.” —Jessica Seinfeld, author of Food Swings
“I tore through the book. It offered very actionable tips.”—Bill Bradley, GQ
“Grant and Chris know great wine. They also understand that great wine is about good living; it enrichens friendships, enlivens conversations, and rounds life’s rough edges. Do yourself a favor and let them tell you about it.” —Dan Keeling, cofounder and editor of Noble Rot
“A great resource for anyone who loves wine. The book reveals many everyday secrets of wine we take for granted. A must-buy!” —Rajat Parr, author of The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste
“How many times have you sat down for dinner with friends after a long day with your mouth watering, waiting to imbibe a glass of wine while they waxed not so eloquently about different wines that you know nothing about? Grant and Chris are like the masterful DJ you hear spinning at a party and make you ask, ‘How come when I play records it doesn’t sound as good?’ But they are not just doing it—they are showing you how, too. How to Drink Wine demystifies this topic, taking out the BS and replacing it with fun.” —Mike D, the Beastie Boys
“Oenophiles Grant Reynolds and Chris Stang put highfalutin sommelier-speak into casual terms you’d actually use with friends, so that you can shop like a pro.”—Martha Stewart Living
“Demystifies how to taste wine . . . and how to pair it with your life, not your dish.”—The Mercury News
“How to Drink Wine is not going to make you an immediate expert, but it will help you understand the fundamentals and give you enough knowledge to begin to incorporate wine into your life.”—Fortune