Wine enthusiasts are hungry for knowledge and that is exactly what esteemed wine writer Andrew Jefford provides in this book. Jefford has devised a two-pronged strategy that is based on a familiarity with wine tastes and wine styles. Beginning with wine tastes, the author proposes that there are three variables that determine a wine's taste: the grape varieties, the places the grapes are grown and the people who make the wine. Wine styles are tackled in stylistic groups according to the color, body and whether they are still, sparkling or fortified and this approach will help you figure out what to buy to accompany tonight's dinner. Finally, Andrew Jefford turns to the essentials that help our enjoyment of wine, offering invaluable advice on buying, cellaring and serving and discussing the issues of wine-and-food matching and choosing wine in restaurants. This book not only provides an understanding and a basic knowledge of wine but also captures the enormous please that it offers.