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I thought I was ordering the book I'm rating but instead of the 2010 edition I was sent 2009 edition. The sender is loislane29 (her profile) and I have emailed her three times without a response about the wrong edition sent. I checked to make sure it wasn't my fault but she has her description as the 2010 edition. I know it's the wrong book because the author is actually my professor.
I am very far from a wine connoisseur, but I do occasionally drink wine and sherry, and use them for cooking as well. Boyer's book covers the various wine families, the virtues of different types of wine glasses, how wines grapes are grown, how wine is aged, the adjectives for describing wine, and the areas of the world that are known for certain kinds of wines. The author also assigns to the reader what might be considered "homework"--that is a suggestion of a selection of wines that you might go out and buy and how much you should spend. He also suggests the cheeses you might eat along with the wine in aspect of this book that I found particularly interesting is wines that have become better known as of late because of wine growing areas that have fairly recently sprung up outside of Europe. For example, Zinfandel wines have become more popular over the years mostly because of the varieties grown in is is an entertaining book that includes a number of amusing insights--some of which deal with which wines have become "fashionable." In this case the author provides some insight on one of the inside joke in the movie adventures of the wine connoisseurs in Sideways. He discusses the scene where Paul Giamatti's character refuses to drink Merlots. Like this character in Sideways, the author considers Merlot to be over-hyped!The author also makes on few comments for cooking with wine. One observation is that Marsala serves as a good base for French onion soup.