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Publisher's Summary

Every time you open a bottle of wine, you embark on a journey through a world of sensations. Yet for all its pleasurable qualities, wine can be bewildering in its mystery and complexity. 

Unlocking the secrets of wine is the key to heightening your appreciation of this rewarding experience. Whether you’re a novice looking to master the basics, an enthusiast who tours vineyards, or something in between, there’s no better way to learn about wine than from a wine expert. 

The Everyday Guide to Wine brings this rare opportunity right into your home with 24 engaging lectures delivered by acclaimed Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan - one of only 26 Americans to hold this coveted title. In her interactive, accessible course she gives you all the knowledge and tips you need to improve your ability to try, buy, talk about, and, most of all, enjoy wine. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2010 The Great Courses (P)2010 The Teaching Company, LLC

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Please do more wine education!

I'm a Somm and I enjoy geeking out to audiobooks like this. It's also better than the videos since I can listen to it at my preferred speed. This has a lot for beginners and good reminders for everyone else. Grateful to have this as a resource and "quickie" reminder. The topics are surface skimmed, but enough to inspire a deeper dive of exploring on ones own. Note: some of the info is out of date (ie sparkling dosage percentages to classifications).

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Quintessential Wine Snob

Simonetti-Bryan has without doubt achieved great things. Her Master of Wine designation is rare and prestigious. She is also the quintessential wine snob. Her effected French, Spanish and Italian accents are just plain annoying as is her use of so many stock critic expressions (“cloyingly sweet”, for example). At a certain point in the book, I decided to stop listening if she said “we in the industry” one more time. She did and I did. Try Kevin Zraly if you want a terrific wine course.

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Pompous instructor

I stopped listening after the first few chapters due to the instructor's incessant invocations of her credentials. Too many red flags.

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visual elements

from the first chapter it's extremely evident that this was ripped from a video as there are constant references to visual elements. while an occasional reference isn't necessarily a bad thing, relying on it in an audio format however isn't helpful

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Very educational and entertaining.

The narrator is amazing and gives lots of good tips. the attachment to this is wonderful. this is one of the best Great Courses I've taken.

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Enjoyable & informative

This course was an excellent introduction to the world of wine, and the presenter was both knowledgeable and entertaining. The structure of the course was intriguing as well, for this is one that you not only can read about in the accompanying materials, but you can also participate by acquiring the suggested wines and tasting along with the teacher. I also appreciated the world wide introduction, pointing out Excellent resources from many cultures and regions.

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Great resource

A great guide to understanding wine from around the world. I recommend trying the wines on the list with friends to share the experience and knowledge.

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Outstanding Information for a novice

Complete, detailed, all encompassing and easy to follow. Jennifer delivers in a most informative way. As you follow along you can almost taste and smell the delicacies of each wine. The course opened my mind to all other possibilities of different wines that I would never have considered.

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A toast!

As a wine enthusiast this book was extremely informational helpful and fun to listen to. I really learned a lot and came away with some very sound basic knowledge of wine around the world.

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informative. easy to follow
more practical pairing wine-food in last chapter
can contribute more to beginners