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Ever since I was very young, wine has been my passion. Growing up in the Loire Valley, I was surrounded by vineyards, and during my school vacations I would help the local wine producers in return for a few francs and the benefit of their knowledge and experience in turning the grape into a magical drink! I have made it my life"s work not only to learn as much as I can, but also to share in the enjoyment of wine, and to help others to enjoy it to the fullest. Serving my time in restaurants in Paris and in England, I realized that many people would like to know more about wine and try something new, but so often they fear wasting their money, or losing face or both. So they stick to what they know. This is a shame, since there is so much to enjoy: even though I have been in the wine business now for many years, there are still wines I have yet to try and I can"t wait! One of the great pleasures of wine is that the more you learn and the more you experience, the better it gets, as you gain confidence and enjoyment in comparing wines from different countries, regions, even individual producers, and also begin to compare vintages. What more does a person need? A little food, some good company with family or friends around them, and one or two wonderful wines to drink, compare, and discuss! I hope that this book will help you to reach that convivial goal not once, but many times. Sant ! Vincent Gasnier
While it"s not quite true that wine runs from the faucets in my native land, you can imagine what a culture shock it was for me to relocate from France, where I grew up drinking wines made by our neighbors at every meal, to England officially not even a wine producing country at the time where diners often seemed baffled and intimidated by wine lists, and struggled to recall the flavors of wines they had tasted years ago on vacation. But to my delight, I soon discovered that English wine drinkers were only too willing to try new taste experiences far more so, I confess, than many wine drinkers in France, and indeed in many other European countries. But these would be wine explorers just weren"t sure where to start! And so began my mission to take the mystery and uncertainty out of wine. One of my great pleasures in recent years has been to see how wine has become democratized." Gone is so much of the snobbishness of the bad old days, and wine has become more popular and accepted as a drink for everyone, young and old, the rich and the not so rich a pleasure for all people, not just a privileged few. Today, we can even buy wine along with the groceries when we go to the supermarket. But the downside of our new wine democracy is that there"s often no one around to offer a bit of welcome advice. This breeds its own insecurities: are you right to spend a little more on what looks like a good brand"? Or will you be laughed at for following the herd? Is that special offer a genuine bargain? And can those New World fizzes really be as good as Champagne? Well, this is where I come in. With this book, I aim to help you approach the vast range of wines available today in a way that will start to make sense of them, by grouping similar wines together and comparing their different qualities through tasting. Using this book will not only teach you what to look for, but it will also help you to decide which wines you really like above all others and why! I have chosen the wines that fill the pages of this book especially with you, the inquisitive reader and adventurous wine taster, in mind. They are wines that I enjoy myself and that I believe are typical of their particular style. Hopefully, you will enjoy them as much as I do! By using this book, I hope you will enhance your knowledge and your enjoyment of wine. Please remember, though, that almost all wines are alcoholic, and some are quite strong. Too much alcohol is dangerous, and can even ruin people"s lives. Make sure you drink sensibly and responsibly, so that you bring only pleasure into your own and other people"s lives as a result.