The Wine Lover’s Apprentice

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The Wine Lover’s Apprentice: Words of Wisdom for Would-Be Oenophiles by Kathleen Bershad

Wine Lover's Apprentice by Kathleen BershadStars: ****

Skyhorse Publishing (2018)
143 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: What’s the best corkscrew to use? Should I decant? How many types of glassware should I buy? Sommelier Kathleen Bershad has the answers. In The Wine Lover’s Apprentice, Bershad acknowledges the importance of tossing out the rules about wine and taking a relaxed approach to storing and serving everyday bottles.

Readers will learn tricks of the trade and strategies for navigating the shelves of a retail store or ordering wine at a restaurant. The Wine Lover’s Apprentice delves into the nitty-gritty details of winemaking and takes a look at the world’s major wine regions. Written in short bites, readers will easily gain a quick understanding of an area’s major grapes, the style or styles of wine, and the appellations that offer the best quality wine (or the best value).

The Wine Lover’s Apprentice

The first thing I appreciated about this book is that it is written in layman’s terms.

“This book strikes out in a different direction by offering simple explanations and easy-to-understand information for fledgling win geeks. I realize that many oenophiles (wine experts) will be appalled that this book takes a complex topic like wine and distills it to its essence. But the sheer volume of information out there is, in fact, the reason why this small guide to the big world of wine is needed.” – from A Note from the Author

After reading that I knew I wouldn’t be lost the whole book which is good. If you don’t know anything about wine or only the very basics, you will find this book helpful.

The book is divided into two sections. Section 1 talks about how wine is made, why different wines have different tastes, the different types of grapes, how to choose a wine at a restaurant or a wine store and tips on serving, sipping and storing. Section 2 covers the different wine regions including where they are, what types of wines they make, what to look for and more.

I found the first section the most interesting as I didn’t know anything about how wine was made and I always wondered how wine could have a nutty or buttery or any non-grape flavour really.

This would make the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.