Whether you’re in a restaurant or a store, deciding on a bottle of wine doesn’t have to feel intimidating. Don’t worry about appellations, chateaux, vintages, and other complicated vocab. Wine expert Katherine Cole has developed simple strategies for navigating the wine world. Her fun, friendly guide offers a Choose Your Own Wine tool that enables you to find the perfect bottle, mnemonic devices to help you remember details about growing regions, a series of empowering role-playing vignettes, insider tips on up-and-coming hot spots, and a translation chapter that breaks down the wall between cork dork and beginning enthusiast. With Cole’s expert tips, choosing wines can be easy!
Katherine Cole is the author of Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time (Firefly), and her first book, Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winemakers (University of Chicago Press), was a Louis Roederer Award finalist. She has been wine columnist at the Oregonian newspaper since 2002 and also writes for Wine Spectator, the World of Fine Wine, and other publications. She lives in Portland, OR.