The Official Guide to Wine Snobbery


by Leonard S. Bernstein

October 2003 | $14.00 | Hardcover | ISBN: 978-1-56980-261-8

Hailed as the most entertaining reference to wine culture, The Official Guide to Wine Snobbery arms readers with valuable knowledge of wine etiquette while identifying those senseless acts of snobbery that often lead to embarrassing situations. Included are tips for discreet palate cleansing, a list of "In" and "Out" wines, and the very surprising outcome of a blind tasting in which California vintages proved superior to some highly regarded French labels. Wine books are generally interested in the soil content of the Napa Valley, endless vintage charts, and everything else that is boring about the making and drinking of wine. This book satirizes the pomposity of wine drinking. Leonard Bernstein separates the enthusiast from the snob in this humorous guide to high-brow wine etiquette. From the ritual of cork sniffing to the act of sending back a bottle, the wine snob is exposed and explained with sharp wit and insight. With 150,000 copies of its original printing sold internationally, this classic book is once again available to wine lovers around the world.

Leonard S. Bernstein

Bernstein's work includes a collection of poetry, short stories, and numerous articles for the New York Times, the Village Voice, and several other publications.