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Taste Food and Wine 2008 - Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer

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Choose the right wine every time - Taste Food and Wine 2008 by Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer

Choose the right wine every time - Taste Food and Wine 2008 by Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer

The authors of Taste Food and Wine 2008 understand the terror faced by many people when it comes to buying, ordering and sharing wine. For an industry that screams "drink what you like", learning exactly what that is can be daunting when faced with so many regions, varietals, vintages, fashions and opinions. This book gives you a head start.

Taste highlights the best 365 wines for 2008 - one a day, though they must have forgotten 2008 is a leap year. Even the most educated palate needs a day of rest. With prices ranging from $5 to $500 and quality quaffing through every price range, the boys promise to cover all your bases no matter what situation you find yourself in. Skip straight to the back and the chapter on serving wine and wine language if you're a newbie and want to talk the talk. If you just don't care, open the book in the centre pages, take it to the closest bottle store, and ask for one of each - all are under $20. The dust cover comes with origami instructions to turn it into a quick-reference pocket guide to all listed wines.

Written by two wine experts who have packed just about as much tasting and travelling into their years as is humanly possible - Londoner Matthew Jukes and Queenslander Tyson Stelzer have searched the globe to find the best value wines around. There's a blokey element in the writing style, which makes it a great gift for a wine loving lad. The page titles make for great reading on their own, especially when you reach the "desperately sexy" sweet and fortified section.

Chapters on food and wine combinations, the who's who of wine producers in Australia and New Zealand and a directory of good wine retailers cap off a genuinely good read and should give any novice the confidence to select their own perfect wine for the 366th day of 2008.

Taste Food and Wine 2008 by Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer is published by Wine Press, 2007. RRP A$19.95.


Subscribers to and Winepros Archive can purchase Taste Food and Wine 2008 at a special 12.5% subscribers-only discount via our book partners Seekbooks, who will post the books direct to you.

NOTE: if you are a winemaker or vigneron and you wish you have your wine(s) considered for Taste Food and Wine 2009, details of where to submit your wines are available here.

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