Written by an award-winning expert who appears on numerous popular television shows, this guide offers a fresh approach for new enthusiasts who want to know more about buying, serving, and enjoying fine wine. Snappy and straightforward language accompanies 100 color photographs that make it easy to learn the basics, from the characteristics of major grape varieties to reading labels. There are also tips on avoiding expensive mistakes at the wine shop, proper wine storage, and what to expect at a wine tasting. Winemaking techniques and fascinating historical background are provided for red and white wines, champagnes and other sparklers, port and fortified wines. Pairing wine with food is made simple with easy-to-read charts that show at a glance which wines will work--and won't--with various soups and starters, main courses, and desserts.