Saturday, November 13, 2010

Good, Better, Best Wines: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines (Book) Review

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First, I would like to Thank Alpha Books for giving me the opportunity to do this review.  I didn't know too much about wines until I read this book.

Have you every went into the wine section of the store and think what kind should I buy?  Buying wine is rather confusing.  If you don't know the best kind to buy it's really hard to pick just the right one.  With this book you will find it so much easier to pick the perfect wine.

With the holidays approaching there will be lots of parties and family gatherings, so get prepared and know your wines.  You will know which is good, better and the best for up to $15.00.

For those who have a taste for accessible, affordable wines and a distaste for comparative shopping.

With tens of thousands of wines competing for attention, tough economic times, and time-pressed wine drinkers, there has never been a better time to buy popular wines.  Good, Better, Best Wines is the first book that focuses exclusively on "big brands," breaking them down to good, better and best and by price.  Each taste-tested wine is accompanied by a photo of the bottle, for ease of identification, as well as tasting notes, food matches, trade secrets, and more.  Wine lovers will save the time they'd be comparing to have more time for tasting.

Coverage includes:

  • White wines-blends, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/ Gris, Fume/Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and others.
  • Red wines-blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah/Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and others.
  • Ros├ęs and sparkling wines.
  • The basics on buying wines, from vintages to screwcaps, and storing, serving, and tasting wine.
  • The good, better and best big-name wines under $5, $8, $11 and $15 for each major grape variety.
  • Perfect party wines for specific occasions, weddings, dinners, backyard barbecues and more.
  • Trade secrets for getting the most out o9f each wine, including storage, serving techniques and food pairings.

This is the first book to rank the best selling wines in the United States - think names like Beringer, Kendall-Jackson and Woodbridge - you bet they'll be stocked at your local store.

About the Author: 

Wine book author and critic Carolyn Evans Hammond first fell in love with wine during her first trip to France many moons ago when she picnicked in the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone.  Now she makes wine accessible with her witty and light approach to the topic.

Carolyn’s latest book, Good Better Best Wines: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wine, is the first book to rank the best-selling wines in North America by price and grape variety, with tasting notes and bottle images (April, 2010, $12.95, Alpha Books).  Within weeks of release, it soared to #1 wine book at and the #2 one at It’s available at bookstores everywhere. 

Her first book, 1000 Best Wine Secrets, is a fascinating compilation of trade secrets designed to illuminate the topic and help wine drinkers make more satisfying wine choices.  It too is a best-seller, earning critical acclaim and international distribution (October, 2006, $12.95, Sourcebooks, Inc).

As well as an author, Carolyn’s reviews and critical articles have appeared in such eminent magazines as Decanter, Wine & Spirit International in the United Kingdom, as well as Maclean’s, Taste, and Tidings in Canada.  She issues a weekly newsletter, publishes a blog on her website—, and; runs a Facebook wine club, twitters, and conducts seminars and private consultations.

Constantly learning, Carolyn spends much of her time tasting wine and meeting with winemakers and industry professionals.  She is a member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada; she holds a Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in the UK and she earned a BA from York University where she studied English and Philosophy.   She has lived in many cities in North America and Europe, and now resides in Toronto, where she was born.

A product was received for review. I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. The opinions expressed are my own and were NOT influenced in any way.

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Aileen said... Best Blogger Tips

Just in time for the holidays so you can figure out how to pick a couple good bottles. For those of us who get overwhelmed trying to pick out wine.
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Carolyn Evans Hammond said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the great review! So glad you find my book useful..

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