Though Wine in Words (Rizzoli, 2015) is a new book, its author, Lettie Teague, has been schooling me on all things wine for more than a decade.
Teague and I worked together at Food & Wine, where she was the magazine's wine columnist, and I was blown away by her ability to educate, entertain, and induce authentic lol's while writing about grapes, wineries, bottles, corks, and the fascinating (and sometimes quirky) people who devote their lives to them. Now the wine columnist at the Wall Street Journal, Teague has delivered the one wine book every Budget Traveler should keep on his or her shelf.
Wine in Words can be savored one short chapter at a time or consulted as a handy reference on pairings (contrary to longstanding guff, for instance, white wines go better with cheese than reds), demystifying terminology (there's one word you should never use when describing a wine's texture and I'm not going to give it away), and the world's great wine regions (you'll learn, for instance, the lesser-known differences between Napa and Sonoma and what residents of each region say about each other behind their backs).
After reading Wine in Words and placing it on my cookbook shelf for frequent re-reading, I asked Teague to share a travel tip for budget-minded oenophiles: "The North Fork of Long Island, to this transplanted Midwesterner, is like that part of the country perfected—rolling fields, farms, and horses but with (quality) wine grapes as well!"
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