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Wine Bible {A Giveaway}


I was cleaning out my office the other day and came across a second Wine Bible! Have you seen this book before?

Wine Bible

It’s a thick {900-page!} book that I’ve referred to over a thousand times. I’ve never read it cover to cover, but it has been a great source of reference when I was first learning about wine. There is no reason for me to have two of these books, so I’m offering one up to one of you!

This book covers everything from how wine is made, to particular varietals, to wine regions around the world to wine pairings and much more.

I remember being confused at the beginning of my research on wine because I’d search the label of the bottles I was marketing for The Traveling Vineyard and couldn’t find what kind of wine that was. Back then, I didn’t know that some wines were labeled by the region and others were labeled by the varietal.

A particularly confusing wine for me that the company once carried was the Roero Arneis. Was this a Chardonnay? A Sauvignon Blanc? I had no clue!

After referring to my trusty Wine Bible, I learned that arneis is the name of the grape. I just had never heard of it before. Most people haven’t. Roero is the specific area in the Piedmont region of Italy where said grapes for that bottling were grown. While Traveling Vineyard doesn’t currently carry this type of wine, I still don’t see it very often. Sometimes I’ll find it at an Italian restaurant that has an extensive Italian wine list. When I do, I smile. I feel like I know a secret that not everyone knows. And now you do, too!

So what’s arneis like? Well, I remember it being crisp, with hints of mineral and pear. I remember it going well with spinach and artichoke dip at my tastings. However, I’m not really sure if that’s a pairing that would please wine critics! As I open to page 333 of the Wine Bible, I read that arneis goes in and out of style, pairs well with seafood, means rascal in the dialect of Piedmont, and that it’s “dry, lively, and fairly full in body with light pear and apricot flavors.”

These days, you can wiki such things. However, having the information available at my fingertips by a reputable wine expert, Karen MacNeil, in a perfectly laid-out fashion does not even compare.

Understanding the difference between region and varietal was a pivotal point in my wine education. Add that to learning that the terroir can affect the final product of the same grape being grown in one region versus another opened up my entire wine world.

Still, you can’t know everything about wine. Styles, trends and even climates are constantly changing. That’s one of the things that makes wine so interesting. This book is a great reference tool whenever you have a question about wine. It’s the perfect gift for a wine lover, too.

Enter to win this book by commenting below on the #1 thing you’d like to learn about wine!

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, September 10th at 12:01am.

The winner will be announced on that week’s Wine Wednesday.