The book is organized as follows:
- Part One: The Flavours of Wine. The author discusses grape varieties and how they make different wines distinctive.
- Part Two: Enjoying Wine. How to buy, store, taste, and drink wine at home or dining out. For me, this was a useful section, one to refer to again. There is also a small discussion on the health benefits of wine.
- Part Three: This section covers the World of Wine. The author goes over wine regions around the world. He strives to be a bit comprehensive, but some regions get better coverage than others. For instance, I felt the U.S. was a bit light outside of the usual California highlight. I say this because I have sample wines in various Midwestern States as well as Texas, and these areas are barely acknowledged. This may be reflective of a more European bias/focus in the work. However, you do also get some mentions of other wine-producing countries rarely mentioned anywhere else.
I really liked this book, so I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Though I read it as an e-galley via NetGalley (there is your disclosure note to keep The Man happy), this is one that I would add to my shelf. And yes, I would prefer the book in print. By the way, the book also features some very nice photos throughout.