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Andrea Immer's Wine Buying Guide for Everyone - Review

How to Buy Good Wines

(Broadway, 2002)

Master sommelier Andrea Immer (now Robinson) recognizes that the general American public is still somewhat befuddled when it comes to buying wine for everyday use. Hence she has created a wine buying guide "to focus on the criteria real-world people care about most: taste, value for money, and the buying and serving context ("Is this a good wine to give as a gift?").

She's compiled a list of more than 400 top-selling wines across the country, all rated on a scale of 0-30 by a panel of consumers as well as retailers and restaurant buyers to create a user-friendly little book that is reminiscent of a restaurant guide of the same format.

Aside from the listings with prices, value etc. we found Immer's own selections especially appealing, such as "The Top 50 Wines You're Not Drinking," which lists, for instance, the Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Monterey Chardonnay. It was also fun to see how Beaulieu Vineyard rated — our frequent choice when we are in a, let's say, not-so-good supermarket. Ergo: If you're in favor of a democratic approach to wine, this is the book for you.

Andrea Immer's Great Wine Made Simple

(Broadway, 2005)

In her acclaimed book Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk From a Master Sommelier, Andrea Immers delivers just what she promises. This informative and encouraging guide offers straightforward advice about deciphering the enigmatic world of wine for the novice connoisseur.


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