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Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine: 108 Ingenious Shortcuts to Navigate the World of Wine with Confidence and Style

Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine: 108 Ingenious Shortcuts to Navigate the World of Wine with Confidence and Style

Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine: 108 Ingenious Shortcuts to Navigate the World of Wine with Confidence and Style For the thousands of people who know nothing about wine and want to rectify that swiftly and painlessly, Mark Oldman?the ?Naked Chef? of wine?is here to help with the kind of information readers can use right now:
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? Judge a wine shop by whether it has homemade shelf signs
? Don?t store unopened wine in the refrigerator for more than a week

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5 responses to “Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine: 108 Ingenious Shortcuts to Navigate the World of Wine with Confidence and Style”

  1. argosy46 says:
    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The finest wine book out there, September 1, 2005
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    This review is from: Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine: 108 Ingenious Shortcuts to Navigate the World of Wine with Confidence and Style (Paperback)

    Since I buy Oldman’s Guide here so often as a gift, I’ll add my voice to the chorus. I agree with the last reviewer that OG stands at the head of the line for wine books. I consider myself somewhere between a wine connoisseur and still-learning novice and I’ll go so far to say that OG is the best wine book that I own. It is a book that I’m still learning from, while most of my other wine guides molder on the shelf after a few sittings. -And here in my home office I have two and a half bookshelves of wine books- The author Mark Oldman offers just the right amount of commentary on major wine topics-grape types, storing wine, dining out, et cetera. The descriptions and explanations are really clever and very dead-on and just the right tone for someone to learn about wine (or learn more about wine after they’ve mastered the basics). Oldman’s Guide cost me only about $14 (with shipping) here at Amazon and I have referred to the book so much that it is already looks like I’ve had it for a decade. It is furthest thing I’ve seen from the standard monotonous wine encylopedia. This is the book to get.

    I also endorse Karen MacNeil’s Wine Bible as a solid all-around reference book – it covers everything in a lot of accurate detail. And if you want a graphical overview, you can’t go wrong with World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson, which is a large display-style book and very high quality.

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  2. M Lee says:
    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best all-around wine book, hands-down, January 5, 2005
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    M Lee (Redlands, CA) –

    This review is from: Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine: 108 Ingenious Shortcuts to Navigate the World of Wine with Confidence and Style (Paperback)

    With this incredible book, it’s hard to even know where to start.

    Ever since I accidentally opened a friend’s bottle of ’86 Heitz Napa cabernet and fell in love, I’ve been studying wine whenever I get a chance. I’ve purchased books like “The Wall Street Journal’s Guide to Understanding Wine,” “Wine for Dummies,” and some more advanced “grape-specific” books. After reading through a few pages of this book, I was blown away and proceeded to spend two hours engrossed in one of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read – even among non-wine books! I laughed throughout, poked on by Oldman’s extremely clever wit and knowledge.

    The book can be used as a reference – lately I’ve been checking it to make sure I’m serving Fume Blanc (same as Sauvignon Blanc, as I’ve found out) at the appropriate temperature – but it’s more likely that you’ll read this as a novel. A very, very entertaining one.

    Among the valuable things I’ve picked up from the book – besides the already-cited examples of what prominent and celebrity wine lovers like to have on their tables – include:

    – How to pronounce everything related to wine you ever worried about trying to say. I’m talking about Riedel, Taittinger, Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Moet, which is pronounced “Mo-EHT, not Moe-AY.”

    – The many affordable options in the world of wine – encouraging those who are either shy, unadventurous, poor or all of the above to try new, good-value wines.

    – What wines to pair with food, and more importantly why – from the science to the history to what is most accepted in popular culture (things like champagne and cake at weddings) even though they technically might not taste that great together.

    – Decoding the many different designations: reserva, gran reserva, brut, extra-dry, sec, demi-sec, classico, classico riserva… to a point where you’re more than comfortable with them.

    – Wine etiquette and a generous helping of insider information on getting the most bang-for-your-buck at a restaurant without looking like a cheapskate.

    If you’re a wine lover and think you know everything about wine, you’ll prove yourself wrong with this book. If you’re a wine consumer, you will at least double the value of wine you drink – just based on how much more you’ll appreciate what’s in your glass. If not that, then on the tips Oldman gives you to save dough. It will likely be both. Even if you don’t know anything about wine, this book will grab you in.

    I’ve watched my girlfriend – who didn’t care much for my wine obsession before – turn into an crazed fan: we were at Costco (tips on this, too!) and she replaced the bottle of BV cabernet I chose for dinner with a Pinot Noir because “Pinot Noir goes better with smoked sausage.”

    I’m obviously a very big fan. This book has been worth every penny.

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  3. LynnB says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Bellissimo!, December 31, 2012
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    LynnB

    This review is from: California Wine (Crimson Romance) (Kindle Edition)

    Such a wonderful way to begin the New Year with an escape to wine, pasta and romance. Elizabeth is at a place where many of us have found ourselves. She is learning to take back the control of her life and to trust her self. Just as she has freed herself from all the people that have controlled her life along comes a handsome Italian wanting to sweep her off her feet.
    Ms Dawes has done a beautiful job of sharing with us the beauty of the wine country both in Italy and California as we travel with Elizabeth and Marcos as they find each other and as Elizabeth comes to trust her own dreams.
    Trust me, by the time you finish reading this delicious love story you will find yourself learning how to make ravioli and dreaming of your own Marcos.

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  4. E. Piper "Book Woman" says:
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    VERY GOOD READ BUT THE ENDING WAS TOO ABRUPT, February 23, 2013
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    E. Piper “Book Woman” (Pennsylvania) –
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    This review is from: California Wine (Crimson Romance) (Kindle Edition)

    This is Casey Dawes’ second book and I have read both of them (California Sunset was the first). I really enjoyed this book which features Elizabeth, the best friend of Annie, who was the main character in California Sunset. We got acquainted with Elizabeth in the earlier book but really got to know her in this one. Elizabeth is a second generation Italian/American and after her mother’s death, she visited her grandmother’s home in Italy. During this visit she met Marcos, a divorced man who is a little older than she and who owns vineyards in Italy and France. Elizabeth is very drawn to Marcos who wants to court her and plans to come to California Wine Country to look for a vineyard to buy there. Elizabeth is a widow who carries a great deal of guilt for getting pregnant when she was a teenager and marrying the father of her baby who died while still a young man. She is trying to start a life of her own now that her daughter is away at college and after breaking up with a very controlling man that she dated for several years. Elizabeth wants to expand her spa business by producing her own cosmetics and she believes that she can’t do any of these things while trying to maintain a relationship with a handsome Italian. Added to Elizabeth’s angst is the discovery that her late husband had been having an affair with another woman for several years before his death and that the affair produced a daughter. I had two problems with this book: (1) Elizabeth’s guilt and reluctance to get involved with Marcos frustrated me and I feel it went on too long. I can’t imagine a man alive who would continue to pursue a woman who rejected him as much as Elizabeth rejected Marcos. (2) The book ended abruptly with Elizabeth arriving in Italy for a holiday visit. We have no idea what happened to Elizabeth and Marcos, how they resolved their problems of distance and Elizabeth’s need to be her own woman or if Elizabeth’s new business and Marcos’ entry into the California wine scene were successful. The book felt incomplete and truncated.

    The positive aspects of this book certainly make the book worth reading. The story developed smoothly and the characters were wonderfully likable. The description of the California Coast and Wine Country were so well written and vivid that I felt as though I was there. Elizabeth’s history and backstory were very complete and her use of a life coach (therapist) to help her overcome her guilt and fear was realistic and believable. I look forward to other books by this author and recommend both California Sunset and California Wine to others who like a good, heartwarming story.

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  5. Pam B Morris says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Love, California vineyards and trouble… the perfect romance., January 4, 2013
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    Pam B Morris (Montana) –

    This review is from: California Wine (Crimson Romance) (Kindle Edition)

    I loved California Wine! The characters are so real, the issues they deal with consuming and often seem insurmountable. And what’s not to love about an independent heroine or a gorgeous Italian wine connoisseur? Casey Dawes writes with humor and compassion about real life problems with too real consequences. Her romance California Sunset set the tone for love stories in the hilly California wine country. This story takes you deeper into the earthy, passionate and complex lives of characters that could be your neighbors and best friends. Love seems out of reach for Elizabeth. She certainly is not interested in love as she faces serious questions about her future, the changing relationship with her daughter and dealing with a business she’s lost interest in. Her life needs no more complications and then… a man, a stranger, suddenly enters her life. She refuses to let him in. But he’s not a man to take no for an answer. For those of you who love contemporary romances, this is one for your shelves. Vivid characters you get to know intimately, real problems that need real solutions and ultimately decisions that may be wrong, but could be oh, so right… all woven together beautifully in a lovely landscape of wine, food and music… the essence of good living. I highly recommend California Wine.

    I received a preview copy of California Wine to write an honest review with no compensation.

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