Heard it Through the Grapevine: The Things You Should Know to Enjoy Wine
by Matt Skinner
How many times have you found yourself standing in a wine store, overwhelmed and panicking over what to choose? Racking your brain for any grapes, vintages, producers, or regions that sound familiar and that fit within your budget. What about the wine list in a fine restaurant? Do you choose by price and hope for the best? Or consult the sommelier and be confused even more by his descriptions? It's not you. Even the most competent person admits to feelings of terror when talk turns to terroir. Fear no more, help is on the way.
Matt Skinner shares his passion and enthusiasm, guiding you through the basics of buying, drinking, storing and, most importantly, enjoying wine. Divided into chapters on shopping, drinking, eating and sleeping, this book covers everything you need to know about wine, from making sense of wine labels and understanding vintages to ordering wine questions, and many more. His refreshingly relaxed style is easy to read and understand, and his invaluable advice will arm you with knowledge for wine that will impress your friends and have you walking down that wine aisle with confidence.
About the Author
Matt Skinner has been involved in the wine industry since he was 18. Matt is a wine writer, consultant and educator. In 2002, he left his native Melbourne, Australia to head up wine at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant in London. He now oversees wine operations for the Fifteen Restaurant group worldwide. Gifted with the refreshing knack of making wine simple, he has been teaching and writing about wine with his trademark passion and enthusiasm ever since.
He is the author of the international bestseller 'Thirsty Work', which was awarded "Best Educational Wine Book UK" at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2005 and has sold in 14 countries and 10 languages, and the annual wine guide The Juice, both published by Mitchell Beazley. He writes for Waitrose Food Illustrated (UK), GQ Australia and jamieoliver.com and has appeared on ITV's Saturday Cooks, Daily Cooks, UKTV Food's Great Food Live, Food Uncut. He can currently be seen on Australia's Lifestyle Network's Tobie & Matt with fellow Fifteener and friend, Tobie Puttock. While much of his time is spent on the road, Matt calls Melbourne, Australia home. He lives, works and plays there along with wife Carly and daughter Indi.