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The great British wine writer Hugh Johnson, in the preface to his memoir A Life Uncorked, writes, “Wine is first and foremost a social game; only secondarily an interest like music or collecting. It is about human relations, hospitality, bonding, ritual … all the maneuvers of social life — and all under the influence, however mild and benign, of alcohol.”

In these beautiful, perfectly chosen words, Johnson conveys two important ideas. First, wine is indeed a big subject that touches on many dimensions of human life, and second, wine is supposed to be, well, fun! If you find wine to be a bit intimidating at this point, then try not to think of it as an “interest” or a subject to be mastered. Think of wine first as a “game,” a beverage that enhances the dynamics of a meal or social event, and the rest will eventually fall into place.

If you are just beginning to play the game of wine, The Everything® Guide to Wine is for you. If your number-one fear in life is ordering a bottle of wine at a restaurant, this book will help you breathe easier. If you wish you could give words to the aromas you experience in your favorite Chardonnay, this book will give you those tools. If you are not really sure what “Chardonnay” means, read on.

If you enjoy the game of wine and wish to expand your knowledge of this fascinating drink, this book includes information on wine regions just beginning to make a splash on the world scene. If you are seriously considering a career in the wine industry or want to make wine at home, again, you have come to the right place.

The great thing about wine is that the more you learn and taste, the more you want to learn and taste. Given the ever-changing, ever-growing world of wine, there is always a new game to play.

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