The Sommelier Prep Course An Introduction to the Wines, Beers, and Spirits of the World

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Pub. Date: 2010-04-20
Publisher(s): Wiley
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I really liked the chapters on the history of wine. Even with all the details this textbook has, it still was fun to read. I loved all the side stories that really bring wine to life. It has great information and descriptions even for the novice. Very well written, highly recommended.

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A complete introduction to wine, beer, and spirits for aspiring sommeliers, bartenders, and wine lovers

Whether you're studying for sommelier certification or you're a bartender who wants a better understanding of the beverages you serve, The Sommelier Prep Course offers the best up-to-date information on wine, beer, and all varieties of spirits. This heavily illustrated introductory guide covers New World and Old World wines, viniculture and viticulture, and fermented beverages such as sake, mead, and cider as well as beer and spirits. Students will find powerful study resources, including review questions, key terms, maps, sample wine labels, and a pronunciation guide with more than 1,200 terms.

"At last, the wine enthusiast has access to a comprehensive work that approaches the wine and spirits culture in laymen's terms and delivers a wealth of detailed information in a format that is a joy to read. Michael Gibson's The Sommelier Prep Course is a must-have reference work for wine lovers and industry professionals alike. Historical and technical information, global diversity, and the often-asked questions are brilliantly addressed in this outstanding work."-Bob Foley, Winemaker and owner, Robert Foley Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA

"Any candidate who is in the process of studying for their introductory level certificate will find Mike Gibson's The Sommelier Prep Course very helpful. Mike has taught candidates how to pass this introductory level course for years, and this experience has allowed him to distill everything someone needs to pass this exam."-Eddie Osterland, America's first Master Sommelier

The Sommelier Prep Course is the ultimate resource for any aspiring sommelier, bartender, or serious wine lover. It includes sections on viniculture and viticulture, Old World and New World wines, beer and other fermented beverages, and all varieties of spirits. Review questions, key terms, a pronunciation guide, maps, and even sample wine labels provide invaluable test prep information for acing the major sommelier certification exams.

For each type of beverage, author Michael Gibson covers the essential history, manufacturing information, varieties available, and tasting and pairing information. He also includes sections on service, storage, and wine list preparation for a full understanding of every aspect of beverage service.

• An ideal test prep resource for anyone studying for certification by The Court of Master Sommeliers, The Society of Wine Educators, or The International Sommelier Guild

• An excellent introduction to wine and beverages for bartenders, beverage enthusiasts, and students

• Based on education materials developed by the author for his culinary and hospitality students at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale

With concise, accessible information from an expert sommelier, this is the most complete guide available to all the wines, beers, and spirits of the world.

Author Biography

MICHAEL GIBSON is lead instructor for wine and spirits at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale. He is a certified specialist of wine with the Society of Wine Educators and a certified sommelier with the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers. He also works in the beverage industry as the director of operations for a wine and spirits distributor.

Table of Contents

Wine Basics
A Short History of Wine
Important Grape Varieties
Food & Wine Pairing
Wine Tasting and Sensory Analysis
Applying Wine Analysis
The Wines of France
The Wines of Italy
The Wines of Spain
The Wines of Germany
The Wines of Portugal
The Wines of Austria, Hungary, Greece, and Other European Regions
The Old World and the New World of Wine
The Wines of the United States
The Wines of Australia
The Wines of New Zealand
The Wines of South Africa
The Wines of Chile
The Wines of Argentina
Emerging Wine Regions of the World
Beer: Importance, Ingredients, and the Brewing Process
Ales, Lagers, and Beer Styles
Sake, Mead, and Cider
Distillation and Spirit Production
Important Styles of Spirits
Beverage Service and Storage
Beverage Sales and Wine Lists
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