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This is a fun but respectful (and very comprehensive) guide to everything you ever wanted to know about wine from the creator and host of the popular podcast Wine for Normal People, described by Imbibe magazine as "a wine podcast for the people." More than 60,000 listeners tune in every month to learn a not-snobby wine vocabulary, how and where to buy wine, how to read a This is a fun but respectful (and very comprehensive) guide to everything you ever wanted to know about wine from the creator and host of the popular podcast Wine for Normal People, described by Imbibe magazine as "a wine podcast for the people." More than 60,000 listeners tune in every month to learn a not-snobby wine vocabulary, how and where to buy wine, how to read a wine label, how to smell, swirl, and taste wine, and so much more! Rich with charts, maps, and lists—and the author's deep knowledge and unpretentious delivery—this vividly illustrated, down-to-earth handbook is a must-have resource for millennials starting to buy, boomers who suddenly have the time and money to hone their appreciation, and anyone seeking a relatable introduction to the world of wine.


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This is a fun but respectful (and very comprehensive) guide to everything you ever wanted to know about wine from the creator and host of the popular podcast Wine for Normal People, described by Imbibe magazine as "a wine podcast for the people." More than 60,000 listeners tune in every month to learn a not-snobby wine vocabulary, how and where to buy wine, how to read a This is a fun but respectful (and very comprehensive) guide to everything you ever wanted to know about wine from the creator and host of the popular podcast Wine for Normal People, described by Imbibe magazine as "a wine podcast for the people." More than 60,000 listeners tune in every month to learn a not-snobby wine vocabulary, how and where to buy wine, how to read a wine label, how to smell, swirl, and taste wine, and so much more! Rich with charts, maps, and lists—and the author's deep knowledge and unpretentious delivery—this vividly illustrated, down-to-earth handbook is a must-have resource for millennials starting to buy, boomers who suddenly have the time and money to hone their appreciation, and anyone seeking a relatable introduction to the world of wine.

49 review for Wine for Normal People: A Guide for Real People Who Like Wine, but Not the Snobbery That Goes with It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine (Queen of Books)

    Oh, I really liked the voice of the author in Wine for Normal People - she neither talks down to you, nor expects you to know everything off-the-bat. Sometimes guides can come off as a bit patronizing, but I felt she did a great job avoiding that. Rather than, "You didn't already know this!?" or, "You may not know, wine is made from grapes...," it felt like a friend trying to meet you where you are, and teach you what they know in a kind and fun way. (Fun, as in, the occasional subtle sexual Oh, I really liked the voice of the author in Wine for Normal People - she neither talks down to you, nor expects you to know everything off-the-bat. Sometimes guides can come off as a bit patronizing, but I felt she did a great job avoiding that. Rather than, "You didn't already know this!?" or, "You may not know, wine is made from grapes...," it felt like a friend trying to meet you where you are, and teach you what they know in a kind and fun way. (Fun, as in, the occasional subtle sexual innuendo and jokes are mixed in!) I read Cork Dork last year, and I've got to say, I kind of wish I had read this book first (you know, had it been published...). It's a great primer on all things wine - just jam-packed full of information. It's like an accessible textbook in a lot of ways. This is one to keep on your coffee table, and flip through every now and then, learning different things in short little spurts (but maybe not one to try to read every word of in one sitting). Would recommend! And I haven't listened to the Wine for Normal People podcast, but now I want to start!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sleepless

    DNF I'm sorry and this is entirely a "me" problem. I love wine but as it turns out, I really don't care much about how wine works. And I thought a book like this would be perfect but something about the author's writings style rubs me wrong. And again, I'm certain other readers are going to love this. Especially older audiences, I can see a book club skimming through this and loving it. So yes, I wish I could have finished this and I'll never be a proper food snob but I'm sure that others are DNF I'm sorry and this is entirely a "me" problem. I love wine but as it turns out, I really don't care much about how wine works. And I thought a book like this would be perfect but something about the author's writings style rubs me wrong. And again, I'm certain other readers are going to love this. Especially older audiences, I can see a book club skimming through this and loving it. So yes, I wish I could have finished this and I'll never be a proper food snob but I'm sure that others are going to enjoy this more!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is a really neat little book, perfect for people who like wine, but know very little specifically about it. Make no mistake: wine is complicated, from the color, to the region in which it's grown, to the correct pairing with food, and the temperature at which it's served. How do you know what's right? The simplest answer is to just go with what you like. But if you'd like a quick and dirty education--this book will give it to you. Elizabeth Schneider provides a wonderful look at everything This is a really neat little book, perfect for people who like wine, but know very little specifically about it. Make no mistake: wine is complicated, from the color, to the region in which it's grown, to the correct pairing with food, and the temperature at which it's served. How do you know what's right? The simplest answer is to just go with what you like. But if you'd like a quick and dirty education--this book will give it to you. Elizabeth Schneider provides a wonderful look at everything you need to know about the beverage made from the humble grape in eight sections: 1. Tasting and Talking wine--learn the basics of wine vocabulary. 2. How wine gets made--discusses everything from the importance of the location of the vineyard to the journey to the winery. 3. How wine gets its flavor (hint: there's more to it than just the grapes on a vine). 4. Geography--Old vs. New World. 5. Old World--in depth look at the major European and Middle Eastern wine making countries. 6. New World--in depth look at wine making in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Americas. 7. Food and Wine Pairings. 8. Picking wines at the store or restaurant. There was so much in this book that was helpful. I loved the vocabulary and history/geography and found the charts (there are a lot of great photos and illustrations in this book!), especially those that broke down each wine and its characteristics, very useful. I'd recommend this one to any wine fan. Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for providing this ARC to review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Elizabeth Schneider opens the door to normal people and reveals the secrets the snobby wine critics don't want you to know. She explains all the technical terms wonderfully and explains concepts with great examples. One of my favourites was on page 32 with her explanation on tannins - the rabbit and the dentist! The Q&A sections are a brilliant way to learn more about wine with questions that "normal' people will ask. The "How to make your own wine" was an interesting read, quite a bit of work Elizabeth Schneider opens the door to normal people and reveals the secrets the snobby wine critics don't want you to know. She explains all the technical terms wonderfully and explains concepts with great examples. One of my favourites was on page 32 with her explanation on tannins - the rabbit and the dentist! The Q&A sections are a brilliant way to learn more about wine with questions that "normal' people will ask. The "How to make your own wine" was an interesting read, quite a bit of work and knowledge goes into a bottle! I think I'll leave THAT job to the experts though. The charts describing each grape with its smell/taste descriptors is also very useful. Great chapters on the old and new world wine producing countries detailing the wine growing regions (along with maps) and wines found there. A great book to have on hand for wine tasting events or even just to learn more about your favourite wine and perhaps discover a new favourite too. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me the chance to read this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and Chronicle Books. Wine for normal people seems like the perfect book for people just getting into wine. The language is easy, straight forward, peppered with jokes. The design is incredibly easy to follow and provides a nice overview. Vocabulary and all kinds of terms are being explained and it even contains practical step-by-step instructions (e.g. how to taste wine properly). I don’t find this the type of I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and Chronicle Books. Wine for normal people seems like the perfect book for people just getting into wine. The language is easy, straight forward, peppered with jokes. The design is incredibly easy to follow and provides a nice overview. Vocabulary and all kinds of terms are being explained and it even contains practical step-by-step instructions (e.g. how to taste wine properly). I don’t find this the type of book to read from cover to cover but more like a fun reference book to look up one thing at a time. Nonetheless, this seems like a great gift for new wine lovers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Tierney

    This book is a fantastic resource if you want to be able to go into your first official wine tasting without looking like a rookie. She has compiled the terminology that you encounter at wineries and put it into easy to understand terms so that you can go into any tasting fully prepared so that you get the most out of your experience.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate Fredborg

    Elizabeth’s voice for her podcast transitions beautifully into a narrative for her book! A valuable source for wine information, written for the wine-curious and wine enthusiast but not the wine snob. A great resource for (I dare say) “normal people”.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I'm the normal person who drinks wine. I've been to many wine tastings and walked away knowing less about wine than I did before. I also appreciated the diverse knowledge base. I never heard of the podcast, but that's my next step. I got this book from GoodReads First Reads.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This book is perfect for anyone that wants to know the basics of selecting wine. I have to admit that I didn't know much about it before reading this, except that it is enjoyable to drink. However, I now feel comfortable going to a store and selecting the perfect bottle.

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