White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to 50 Essential Varieties & Styles by DeSimone & Jenssen
Written by Debra C. Argen   
White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide by Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen
Whether you are a novice wine drinker or an experienced oenophile who wants to broaden your white wine knowledge, the new wine book, White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to 50 Essential Varieties & Styles by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen is a perfect read. Well-written with beautiful photographs and interesting side charts, this book makes learning enjoyable and is a wonderful gift for your favorite wine drinker or for yourself. Grab a bottle of your favorite white wine, pour yourself a glass, make yourself comfortable, and have fun learning more about the wonderful world of white wine. Cheers!

 

White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to 50 Essential Varieties & Styles by Mike DeSimone & Jeff Jenssen

Wine terminology, the diverse types of grape varietals, and the range of styles of winemaking can often seem overwhelming and intimidating to the uninitiated and sometimes even to experienced oenophiles. The wine terminology alone (AOC, AOP, AVA, DAC, DO, DOC, etc.) can have your head spinning with regards to wine definitions and what they mean to you, the consumer. 

When you think about white wine varietals, how many immediately come to mind besides the better-known and readily available white wines like Chablis, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Seyval Blanc? Are you limiting your wine selections to only those white wines that you know and are comfortable with drinking? There is a world of outstanding white wines out there, fifty essential white wines, including the abovementioned, that are just waiting for you to discover them; wines like Chasselas, Gavi, Gewürztraminer, Kerner, Trebbiano, and Viognier to name but a few of the interesting and often less well-known white wines. Why limit yourself to only drinking those "tried and true" white wines when you can entice your senses by learning about different white wines that will expand and entice your palate as well as your wine knowledge? 

What we especially appreciated about Mike DeSimone's and Jeff Jenssen's book, White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to 50 Essential Varieties & Styles, is that the book is well-written, educational without being preachy, is easy to read and comprehend, and it also makes learning fun. Besides providing in-depth knowledge regarding several types of grape varietals, they also address the distinctive styles of winemaking and the use of blends, and how each of the methods and blends make the wines from each of the regions so distinct and unique. 

Also of interest is the fact that the book not only features high-end expensive wines, but rather they break wines down into different price categories: Bargain, Value, Special Occasion, and Splurge, to fit varying budgets, wine expectations, and individual preference, and provide suggestions on wines for all price ranges. Pairing wine with food is also discussed, and the book provides pairing ideas to help you match food with wine, making wine selection easy and appealing. White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to 50 Essential Varieties & Styles by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen will have you buying and drinking like a knowledgeable white wine expert in no time! 

Until next time, cheers! 

About Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen 

"Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, the World Wine Guys, are wine columnist for the Robb Report, Wine Enthusiast, and Forbes and co-authors of Red Wine, which won the Gourmand International Award for Best Wine Book in the World. They have appeared as featured experts on Today and on CBS, CNN, Fox, Hallmark, NBC, WGN, and other networks. Members of the Chevaliers du Tastevin in Burgundy, they live in New York City and Spain." 

White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to 50 Essential Varieties & Styles by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Published by Countryman Press an Imprint of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Copyright © 2023
ISBN: 978-1-68268-784-0
288 pages
$35 USA
$47 Canada 

White Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to 50 Essential Varieties & Styles by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen is available for purchase on the following websites: W. W. Norton & Company, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many others.

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