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Wine Style, by Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy

Wine Style: Using Your Senses to Explore and Enjoy Wine, by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan.  Wiley, John & Sons Inc. Publishing

Wine Style proposes the reader not look at wine by varietal or region, but instead by style. By doing so, the authors have simplified wine into four categories for red wines, four for whites and two each for rose and sparklers. Compare just these few categories against the massive wall of wine at your local retailer, and one can easily see the merits of this approach.

Being able to clearly describe a preferred style of wine to a retailer empowers the consumer to buy a bottle that will not only be enjoyed, but also provide a platform for discovering unknown wines that display similar characteristics. This book does exactly that, in its own easy-to-understand style.

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One Comment

  1. Posted 10/06/09 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    This seems to be a definite growing trend. I’m from CT and there is a chain of retail stores over on this coast called Best Cellars (not sure of their nationwide coverage). A large portion of that store is categorized by style over varietal, region, etc.

    I was actually at the Olive Garden the other day too (please don’t hold that against me, I promise I only ordered a Blue Moon, visiting a friend) and their wine list is categorized by style.

    Personally, I think things should be organized by region. I understand that style can be a very buyer friendly way to serve the general public – but that’s what the thought on categorization by varietal was originally, no?

    As someone who knows something about wine, I don’t want to have to sift through a million “bold” wines before I find one bottle of Bordeaux.

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