SOURCE: Firefly Books Ltd.

Firefly Books Ltd.

October 18, 2013 08:00 ET

Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time

New From Firefly Books

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 18, 2013) - In Complete Wine Selector (Firefly Books, $24.95 paperback) wine writer Katherine Cole introduces a practical and easy way to end what she calls the "recurring nightmare" of facing hundreds of bottles at the wine store or a leather-bound wine menu. She strips away the intimidating façade of wine selection and replaces it with all the practical tools needed to choose, store and serve wine easily and in any setting.

"For too long, wine appreciation has been the hegemony of those with quiz-show memories. But we are here to tell you: You need not be Rain Man to navigate the vinous world."

Complete Wine Selector dispenses with the way most wine shops and wine lists are organized -- by geographical region -- instead guiding readers through the 10 most common styles. Cole categorizes wines into styles, such as "Crisp and lean whites", "Spicy, structured reds" and "Rosés", and shows how all wine selections can be made within these styles.

Using colorful, content-rich layouts, casebook examples and master classes, she explains how to determine wine style preferences, how to pick the right bottle for the right price, and how to serve it. Cole also introduces the world's top sommeliers, tours the planet's best restaurants and wine shops, and shows a vineyard, and wineries at work.

Throughout Complete Wine Selector, she reassures the reader that choices are not absolute. It is about matching the best wine to style preferences and the food or occasion. Complete Wine Selector's features include:

  • lntroduction to Wine Styles -- The 10 wine styles and how to determine your favorites
  • Buying Wine -- How to find and buy the 10 wine styles from supermarkets, specialist wine shops, internet retailers, and at auction
  • The Greatest Wine Shops -- The 20 best wine shops in Europe, the USA, Australia & New Zealand, and Asia
  • Restaurant Wine Lists -- Sommeliers give expert advice on how to use a wine list, what to look for, choices by cuisine, plus Questions &Answers
  • Do Vintages Matter? -- Top sommeliers and chefs reveal their personal favorites in style terms 
  • Storing Wine -- Top 10 do's and don'ts, wine cellars, wine fridges
  • Tools of the Trade -- Wine accessories, essential glasses, tips on storing and serving for 10 wine styles; the 10 most common wine faults; a host's checklist
  • The World of Wine Made Simple -- At-a-glance guide to how red, white, sparkling and fortified wines are made; vineyard years, and how to read a wine label
  • Rules to Remember -- Easy-reference graphical reminders of key information
  • Master Classes -- Clear explanations of confusing wine terms like acidity, minerality, sweetness, tannin and reserve.

Complete Wine Selector includes some especially useful features to help make quick and confident choices. For example, "You'll enjoy these wines if…" "Best on a budget;" "Negotiating a restaurant wine list", "The names to look for ", "Top food match", "10 of the best", "Star ratings with price keys (under $15 to $100+)," plus an easy-read chart of 150 wine recommendations -- 10 wines and 15 food types.

Written specifically for the many that love wine but dread the process of selecting it, Complete Wine Selector is an innovative, user-friendly, fun and thoroughly unstuffy approach to choosing wine from just 10 distinct styles, rather than dozens of winemaking regions. It is a must-have for today's forward-thinking food-and-wine enthusiasts.

"You need not be a wizard of finance to have a world of fine wine at your fingertips," Cole reminds readers. "Some of the most delicious alcoholic beverages on the planet, my friends, are priced about the same as a sandwich and cup of coffee at your neighborhood diner... All you need is a sense of adventure. And a copy of Complete Wine Selector on your coffee table."

About the author

Katherine Cole is a wine columnist at The Oregonian newspaper and author of Voodoo Vintners: Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winemaker, a Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Award finalist. She holds degrees from Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; has studied with the International Sommelier Guild; taught journalism at Portland State University; and has written for numerous national publications. See

Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time by Katherine Cole

November 2013 / paperback / $24.95 / 256 pages / 978-1-77085-225-9

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Firefly Books Ltd., established in 1977, is a North American publisher of non-fiction and distributor of non-fiction and children's books. Firefly's goal is to bring readers beautifully produced books written by experts at reasonable prices.

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