Carolyn Evans Hammond loves wine and food. Her fervor is so profound, that while living in London, England, she trained to be a sommelier.
Combine Carolyn Evans Hammond’s skilled and knowledgeable specialization in wine and food matching with the fact that as much as Americans love the finer things, 90% of the wines bought in America cost less than $15 per bottle, and you have the birth of Good, Better, Best Wines. Good, Better, Best Wines is a one-of-a-kind book that compares and ranks the most popular big brand wines by grape variety and price point, up to $15 per bottle. Good, Better, Best Wines is particularly timely, given America is drinking more wine than ever and is poised to become the world’s biggest wine consumer by 2012 according to The International Wine and Spirit Record.
Carolyn Evans Hammond feels everyone should know what wines are best, and in Good, Better, Best Wines, readers will find the ‘good’, ‘better’, and ‘best’ big name wines under $5, $8, $11 and $15, for each major grape variety. She has confidence in her selection because she has tasted each one against their direct competitor. For ease of identification and recognition while shopping, Carolyn Evans Hammond provides hundreds of bottle images. Expect to read jargon-free tasting notes and trade secrets for getting the most out of each wine, including: storage, serving techniques, and food pairings. Good, Better, Best Wines also feature perfect party wine recommendations for specific occasions like weddings, dinners, backyard barbecues, and more.
Wine coverage includes:
- White wines-blends, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Fume/Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and others
- Red wines-blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah/Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and others
- Roses and sparkling wines
- The basics on buying wines, from vintages to screwcaps, and storing, serving, and tasting wine
I suggest you not only use this book as your wine guide, but also create your own personal wine guide/journal in Good, Better, Best Wines. In the back of the book there are a couple of blank pages where you can write out your own scale for taste and preference, then as you try out new and old friends you can decide where your preferences, tastes and favorites are by writing your code and/or note on each bottle of wine. A wine tasting party could be thrown each month where everyone picks out of the book a wine they’d like to try and then after tasting a wine each could jot down in their book what they thought of it.
Carolyn Evans Hammond is an accomplished wine writer whose articles have appeared in such eminent magazines as Decanter and Wine & Spirit International in the United Kingdom, as well as Maclean’s, Taste, and Tidings in Canada. Her first book, 1000 Best Wine Secrets, earned critical acclaim and international distribution. She also issues a newsletter, runs a wine club on Facebook, conducts seminars, and publishes a blog on her website. She holds the Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and a BA from York University.
Good, Better, Best Wines
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