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You don’t have to master the entire repertoire of grapes, techniques, ingredients, variations, and other components to truly appreciate the wine you’re drinking. Simply armed with the senses you already have, an expert guide, and a glass of your favorite, you can learn how to better enjoy the wine you’re drinking, while at the same time gaining a deeper recognition for your own tastes. 

There are nearly 150,000 wines for sale in the US market alone. And there are just as many books, articles, websites, and other resources instructing you on the plethora of ways to choose, drink, and enjoy wine. So, how do you cut through the clutter and find the best wines for you? Paul Wagner, an instructor for Napa Valley College’s Viticulture and Enology department, has spent the last 25 years helping people do just that. He’s dedicated his career to what he calls, “democratizing wine appreciation.” After spending years working in wineries, leading hundreds of tastings, and having hands-on experience in every aspect of the world of wine, he shares his deep and comprehensive wine knowledge through eight down-to-earth, practical, and accessible lessons in The Instant Sommelier: Choosing Your Best Wine, which will take the intimidation factor out of choosing, drinking, and enjoying wines. From swirl to finish, he’ll introduce you to the vocabulary you need to speak intelligently about wine and to understand what each term means when it comes to finding wines you’ll love. 

Whether you enjoy drinking wine, want to learn more about wine, or you’re just curious what all the fuss is about, join Professor Wagner for this short course jam-packed with everything you need to know about wine on an everyday basis. All you need is a corkscrew, a couple of wine glasses, and an open mind when it comes to the wonderful world of wine. 

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

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Apt duration, excellent info, very entertaining

A great bouquet of topics, with full bodied entertainment with a lot of learning. Each chapter is of apt length without a single minute of boring sections. A right blend of witt, humor, history, philosophy and culture. And has a great finish with tips, tricks and trivia.

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Perfectly Non Pretentious

This course helped me feel SO much better about my experiences with wine. If you've ever felt like "you just didn't get it" - this is for you. Not only am I more comfortable with the vocabulary describing wine and the different varieties, but I am more comfortable with tasting wine PERIOD. I no longer need to feel bad about my palate or price point - turns out I'm just as good as a professional in a blind taste test (which is to say, not at all). Wonderful additional info about table service and how wine is made. THANK YOU.

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Well done!

Enjoyed the informative and entertaining lectures from someone so knowledgeable. Wish I could take a class in person!

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good one.Had a very different experience on listening to the audiobook.overall i enjoyed the audiobook

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Engaging and educational!

Great information regardless of wine knowledge. The lecturer was experienced and balanced between humor and education.

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Excellent overview!

This is a fun, lively overview of the world of wine. After listening to this, I feel much more knowledgeable about how to select and enjoy wine.

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A good intro to wine drinking

This is a useful and concise book for someone who is just getting in to wine drinking or interested in learning about the wine they are drinking for the first time. It’s not overly-detailed or complex and is great for the everyday wine lover!

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Great Book for Beginners

Still learning wine terminology and history, this book was an interesting listen and not overwhelming. His voice was also very nice!

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Full bodied with a great Finish!

Well read by someone well read. Enjoy it very much, will definitely listen to it again.

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Wonderful reading !

A short informative and fun book to listen. Simplifies a complex topic to a layman’s level while still retaining the essence.