Life is Too Short to Drink Wine You Don’t Enjoy
Last week, I spoke about navigating a wine list. Today let’s go beyond that list. Decode wine with Dan Amatuzzi’s A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Dan – the Wine Director of Eataly – profiles internationally renowned, but nationally unsung, grapes varieties, from Alvarinho and Grüner Veltliner to Corvina and Pinotage, and traces the first attempt at winemaking to the reign of Egypt’s King Udimu 5,000 years ago. Learn how to evaluate wine, note the flaws, and pair varietals with food. Once you learn to detect acidity, tannins, sweetness, oak and alcohol levels, you will have an impressive ability to speak to even unfamiliar grapes. Dan Amatuzzi’s user-friendly, stunning book, A First Course in Wine, goes for $28. Simple for the knowledgeable, but great for beginners.