The DV Weekend Pickup #16

This will be my last post until after the holiday so everyone have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend! In honor, this weeks book review might come in handy for you. You'll also notice I subbed out best quote with best suggestion - just for this week!

Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine by Mark Oldman

What I like best:  First, this book came highly recommended from a friend of mine who is a retired wine sommelier - naturally his opinion I respect a great deal. So I must admit this is the only wine book I've ever read so I don't have much to compare it to in that regard. However there is a lot of things to like about the book. For starters don't mistake this book as a "wine snob" book, it's great for beginners. Additionally Oldman give's you tons of excellent wine suggestions in EVERY price range.

It's super easy to read because Oldman uses 108 mini segments to layout the book. He uses quick lists, quotes, and illustrations to really "dumb" down an otherwise challenging topic - especially for wine novices. He discusses the important differences of grape variations, region differences, and vineyard nuances.  Lastly, he takes you around the globe touching down in - France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and Chile - discussing everything you need to know about their respective wine game!

Best Suggestion: I am slowly falling in love with Beaujolais, a wine region in central-east of France (located just south of Burgundy and north of Rhone.)  Beaujolais is made with the grape variety Gamay. It is the PERFECT summertime red wine - light, slightly sweet, fruity, with low tannins - it's delicious! Give it a go this weekend and let me know what you think!