ANYTHING BUT CHARDONNAY
A Guide to the Other Grapes
Laura Holmes Haddad
Roiled over reds? Worried about whites? Vexed by varietals? Well, look no further: wine and food journalist Laura Holmes Haddad offers a look into the world of whites, reds, bubbly and sweet wines in this latest user-friendly find, Anything But Chardonnay.
Sectioned alphabetically by varietal, each wine listing denotes area of origin, flavor evocations, noteworthy producers, price range and dinner party trivia (for instance, did you know that in Italian, the wine name Dolcetto means "little sweet one"?) The bubbly section explains the different nuances between Champagne and sparkling wine, while the section on sweet wines provides a synopsis on the range of late-harvest bloomers from around the world.
Haddad also discusses other notable topics like wine temperature, party essentials and pairing recipe suggestions. Despite a lack of photos, the book's simple, sophisticated illustrations give it a classic and clean look, providing a great read whether you're the most novice of drinkers or a vino savant who simply wants a brush-up. From Riesling to ice wine, it makes it that much easier to raise your glass and proclaim, "cheers."
by Katrina Romero