A great book which brings the world of wine to life in a brilliantly understandable way.
MASTER OF WINE
If you like to drink wine but find the whole subject daunting this is the book for you.
This book is good and does good. Buy it.
Email from Vicky in London
I loved the book and it made me much more interested in wine generally. I will definitely be buying copies for my family members and will keep it handy so I can refresh my memory when I'm heading out to restaurants...
Email from Tom in Cambridgeshire
I have greatly enjoyed reading your book, and found it very revealing and useful. I have always been under the mis apprehension that in general older was better for all wines. What an eye opener.
There are many gems in the book. What I like is that you have written it as a Haynes Manual for wine. I have learnt more about wine over Christmas and Boxing Day than in the previous 64 years.
Email from Jenny Rogers, writing coach
The book arrived today and I think it is EXCELLENT. Those ARE the questions and I love the crisp, amusing and straightforward way you answer them. And it looks very nice: I like the small format and the cartoony illustrations. The great depth of your knowledge shines through and the book has humour without in any way being cheesy.
Email from Olivia, London
What an absolutely BRILLIANT book!!! I have learnt so much more from it than I ever would have imagined, and in such a fun way! It's such an easy read too.
YWQA is travelling around the globe
People in UK, Ireland, Australia, USA, Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Hungary have bought YWQA (via Amazon). We've got a great picture of some of our happy French readers below.
5 Star Service
We’ve had a clean sweep of fantastic reviews on Amazon. 29 of the 30 reviews gave 5 stars, with just one a 4 star. We wonder if the 5th star on that one fell behind the sofa!
We received a fantastic review from The Wine Economist. Click here to have a read.
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All sales help us build more schools in Sierra Leone, please tell all your friends.
I started my first wine business, Vinceremos Wines, over thirty years ago. It wasn’t the most obvious thing for me to do. I didn’t know anything about wine or business. I had spent the previous ten years working in a school in Africa, teaching teenagers in Leeds to ride motorbikes, helping unemployed youngsters with training and jobs, and being the primary carer for my new child.
Vinceremos is a play on the Spanish and Italian for “we will win”. I called it that because everyone told me the business would fail. Thirty years later it is still going strong, run by a friend of mine, and a great source of organic wines. I went on to create another wine business, sending young winemakers all over the world to custom make wines for the UK market. We became a major supplier to the supermarkets and high street wine shops.
I tell this tale because I have never been a wine geek. I wasn’t then and am not now. I am a normal wine drinker who happened to have a business idea that allowed me to travel the world visiting all the major wine producing countries and a long list of minor ones, learning along the way.
I couldn’t understand a word the winemaker said in Greece; I was bamboozled by the bottling line manager in Hungary; I felt ignorant in Argentina. But really, that wasn’t so important. Because whatever the language, everyone speaks wine. Pointing, touching, seeing, tasting, smiling, scowling and exclaiming works wonders. Wherever in the world it is made, wine is always fermented grapes. Which was all that I knew at the beginning. And it’s all that matters in the end.
When I told a friend that I had written this book she said “Why? There are loads of wine books already”. And she is right. But most of them focus on the wine rather than the wine drinker. They have lots of information about grapes, regions, methods of production and explanations of wine terminology. That’s all good stuff if you want a mini wine course. But it’s not answering the questions asked by everyday drinkers. Questions like:
What is Cabernet Sauvignon?
Are supermarket own label wines any good?
Is it true that red wine is good for you?
Should you trust the medals on wine?
What is the best wine?
I thought it would be helpful to provide the answers, and to write about them in the language of normal humans not wine geeks. Wine is fun, so I got a great young artist in London to hand draw some funky illustrations to go with the words. Then actress and wine drinker Amanda Redman kindly wrote a foreword to the book. She talks about it being for a good cause - that’s because all of the money I receive from sales will be used to build primary schools in Sierra Leone. You can read more about that in The Charity section.
The title of each of the 25 short chapters is one of the most commonly asked questions. Some are factual, answering questions such as what it means when a wine is ‘corked’. Others – such as whether red wine is good for health – are open to different interpretations and opinions. I give mine.
The questions are explored and answered in less time than it takes to drink a small glass. At the end of each chapter, IN ONE GULP gives the nub of the answer in the time it takes to swallow a mouthful.
My objective is to leave you feeling better equipped to make the decisions that matter to you when choosing, buying and drinking wine. Do use the contact link to let me know what you thought, or to tell me any other questions you would like answers to.
The book is available in both print and eBook formats.
This book is good and does good. Buy it.
All the money I receive from sales of this book will be used to build primary schools in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
In 2010 I visited Sierra Leone with international development charity ActionAid. Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries and education is fundamental to improving lives. When I came back from the trip I suggested to two wine business friends that we create a wine brand and give all our profits to finance the building of primary schools. We set up the Millione Foundation, created the Millione brand, sourced a lovely lightly sparkling Rosé from Italy, and set about selling it.
So far we have financed the building of five schools, educating 1500 children. The more books and wine we sell, the more schools we will build.
When we launched the Millione wine some well-known people lent us their support. The link between enjoying a nice glass of wine and helping to educate kids in Africa might not seem obvious. But listen to Emma Thompson:
“Oh that’s lovely, that tastes of thousands of school children getting an education they would otherwise not receive and having lives of their own, full of hope and joy, and that’s the best taste I have ever tasted in a wine”.
Click on the photo of Emma and kids to see her, Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and others talking about Millione.
Millione Rosé is available in selected Sainsbury’s. Visit Millionewine for a list of stores and information about the Millione project.