Be smart: Read this book and toast wine

Ever look at a wine list and pretty much don’t understand anything you’re looking at? Do you feel like everybody understands the nuances of their wines except you? Nose, color, dry, oaky? What?!

From the numerous types of wines, to the vocabulary one uses to describe the subtly of flavors and qualities of the wines, to proper storage and handling, to even how one holds the glass, there is so much to learn!

In our inventory of hundreds of thousands of books, “Wine for Dummies,” by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan is always a winner for people wanting to learn how to enjoy and appreciate wines. Of all the wine books produced, “Wine for Dummies” is the #1 wine book in the nation.

Since we will be visiting France soon we decided to try our first wines. We have been enjoying exploring and educating ourselves in it. We had no idea how amazingly complex the world of wines is! This book makes it easy! Now you can find out how to shop for wine, properly taste wine (instead of just drink it), decode restaurant wine lists, remove corks without breaking them in half, and even pair wine with all types of foods.

In addition to learning the essentials, “Wine for Dummies” gives an interesting and enjoyable easy-to-read overview of the major wine regions, explaining their histories in the development of wines, and what characteristics their wines offer today.

This book dispels common myths and misconceptions, giving good guidance and accurate information in its place. Extra bonuses! The illustrations are similar to the “Far Side” comics (we love the “Far Side” comics!) and, following in the great “Dummies” tradition, the icons in the margins highlight cool things and interesting tidbits. Let’s all lift our wineglasses and say “Salut!”

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Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.

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