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Publisher's Summary

Gain the wine know-how you've always wanted in this comprehensive course.

With more than 55,000 wines on sale in the US today, choosing just the right one for each occasion can be a challenge even for the experienced. To help you master that challenge and deepen your appreciation of wine and its inexpressibly rich lore, Master of Wine Brian Wheaton recorded Understanding the World of Wine.

Whether you're a seasoned oenophile or a beginner, you will discover new insights in this set of 36 easy-to-use audio lectures. You'll explore the rich history of winemaking, learn how wine is created today, and understand what makes each of the world's great grape varieties special. In the course, you will journey through winemaking regions across the globe, from classic areas like Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone Valley, to New World vineyards in the US, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

You will find practical tips and advice: Can wine improve your health? How is wine best matched with food? What are the biggest pitfalls to avoid? What is the essential wine vocabulary? What are the best ways to shop for wine?

You can enjoy these lively lectures while you commute, run errands, exercise - wherever and whenever you want. Each lasts about 25 minutes and fits handily into your daily routine without straining your schedule by a minute.

Discover the wonderful world of wine today.

©2009 Now You Know Media, Inc. (P)2009 Now You Know Media, Inc.

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Someone get this guy some water

I can’t stand to listen to more than a minute at a time. The reader has a thing going on with his mouth, like lip sticking noises. Driving me nuts. If I could “return” this audible book I would.

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Very good - could use editing

This is a very good course; a lot of great, practical information in a small package. It is humorous that it was never edited properly. Although the reader is very good, with minimal mistakes, there are several places where he says “mistake!” before correcting himself, with the intent that it would be edited out. There’s also the occasional cough that should be edited out. But all In all it’s a very good course and I would recommend it.

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  • Robbie
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  • 06-27-18

Very good overview of the world wine industry.

This is a very comprehensive overview of the world of wine, how wine came to be (and now comes to be) and the many, many varieties in which it we encounter and enjoy it. Exceptional narration.

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  • 04-14-18

Some bad editing

Good listen but some very sloppy editing and performance let it down. Some very useful information to be had throughout.