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Complete Wine Selector


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Katherine Cole writes about wine for The Oregonian newspaper, MIX magazine and numerous national publications. She has degrees from Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has studied with the International Sommelier Guild and taught journalism at Portland State University. Her book, Voodoo Vintners, was nominated for International Wine Book of the Year at the 2012 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


(Best Wine Books for Beginners) Katherine brings a fresh and different approach to understanding wines, which is definitely welcomed by beginners. Instead of classifying wines by their region, she classifies wines by their style. Her aim is to simplify the complexity involved with wine selection, storage, and serving style, and reduce the intimidation associated with the vinous world... Her book also dwells on wine navigation tips, with information about the best vendors and websites for purchasing wines.-- (12/09/2013)
A terrific guide for buying wine that strips away the intimidation and pomposity, making it easier for everyday consumers to navigate a wine shop or the wine section of a grocery store with confidence.... One of the most-attractive aspects of Complete Wine Selector is its easy-to-navigate design, which breaks down information into easy to scan boxes and visual icons. That only adds to the unstuffy feel, emphasizing that wine is something that should be enjoyed, and that picking the right bottle isn't something to dread.-- (12/03/2013)
Best Wine Books of 2013--Washington Post (10/13/2013)
Buying wine can be a bewildering act for many. Cole has written a guide to make this common purchase a pleasure for even the novice wine buyer... Cole's narrative is easy and accessible; readers will feel as though they've got a close friend beside them as they enter the wine aisle... Highly recommended for any wine lover, from the novice to the seasoned connoisseur.-- (12/06/2013)
Cole manages to take on the wide world of wine both insightfully and helpfully... Her tips on pairings and bargain buys, coupled with informative takes on the winemaking process at large, make for an effective book. Both wine aficionados and novices can find something to admire... Of course, it would take multiple volumes to tackle it all, but Cole has put together a fairly compact and organized account... Overall, Complete Wine Selector is a worthwhile buy. The wide array of wine coverage creates mass appeal, especially for those who are used to dauntingly large wine stacks at grocery stores, restaurants or bottle shops... Credit Cole for the book's accessibility... It's imperative we recognize the monumental task at hand and simply enjoy what she has covered intelligently, which is quite a lot, even in the gaping world of wine .-- (11/01/2013)
Complete Wine Selector is about the most practical wine book I own... When you buy the book, you'll wonder how Cole packed so much information in its 250 pages. If you are going to own one wine book, this could be it. I recommend it highly.-- (04/20/2015)
Gosh, it sure does deliver on its promise to be complete. There is just so much useful and interesting information packed in these 250-plus pages.-- (10/24/2013)
How to "overcome your paralyzing fear of the world of wine" stands as Cole's basic principle in this gorgeous, highly informative guide that ranges in subject areas from the essential wine "styles" (including "crisp, lean whites" and "rich, full-bodied reds") and help in buying and serving. The text is presented, for the most part, in easy-on-the-eye chart format.-- (10/01/2013)
If I had a nickel for every occasion I have been asked to suggest a wine primer book for friends who wish to learn a little more about wine, I'd have about 30 nickels or thereabouts. The problem with this particular ask is that I have never been able to recommend one that I have been truly happy with... How I wish that Katherine Cole's Complete Wine Selector had been around before now, as it's the perfect solution to this perennial question... As the mighty Hugh Johnson says in his foreword, and I'll paraphrase here, with this book Katherine Cole has successfully blown many of the cobwebs from the dusty old world of wine... As a thoroughly researched and delightfully presented primer I feel that it is simply second to none.-- (12/06/2013)
Not another wine primer, I thought when I picked up Katherine Cole's Complete Wine Selector. Yet I was immediately bowled over by how Cole, wine columnist for the Oregonian newspaper and author of Voodoo Vintners, has figured out a new way to present a familiar topic. By using Web publishing techniques -- heavy use of infographics and short snippets of text--she manages to convey an impressive amount of information on a single page.... Cole has created an essential reference for novice and aficionado alike.-- (12/11/2013)
The realm of the wine primer is often a dicey one, but Katherine Cole, wine columnist for the Oregonian, handles it with aplomb... A particularly charming and detailed approach to the challenging task of wine education.-- (11/29/2013)
Wine writer Katherine Cole's new book, Complete Wine Selector, aims to remove readers' fears and restore the fun and confidence in buying and savoring wine. She provides readers with her top 10 preferred wine styles, 600 wine recommendations, expert advice from some of the world's best sommeliers and winemakers, and more, all to make choosing wine remarkably easy. The information is presented in a compellingly original and visual format, with practical step-by-step sequences that any wine lover will enjoy.-- (02/01/2014)
You don't have to take a sommelier course to make good choices in your wine selection.--Terry Peters"North Shore News" (01/05/2014)
The most useful wine book I've seen in ages.--Laurie Daniel"San Jose Mercury News" (12/02/2013)

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