How to Fake Your Way Through a Wine List: Tips and Tricks to Sound Like an Expert

From the beginner to the person who may already have one wine book.

The bulk of How to Fake Your Way Through a Wine List is an attractive, breezy entertaining look at the world’s seventy five most prominent wine regions and styles, packed with mnemonic devices and colourful photos that help retain information. Get to know the key things in the area and you are more likely to know understand and remember the wines.

Other sections include “Learn the Lingo”, “Just get to know this short selection of terms related to wine and its appreciation and you’ll be talking like a pro”. The “Embrace the Unknown” chapter takes you ‘to meet the unsung regions and unknown grape varieties that will be tomorrow’s superstars’. There is a section on Choosing Your Own wine adventure –who said wine education must begin with Marlborough or the Barossa or even Bordeaux? 

Most of all this energetic, fun book will be appreciated by all who love wine and there will be very few people indeed who cannot learn a few enjoyable things from this fact packed book.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 198 x 140 mm / 7 ⅘ x 5 ½ Inches | Colour | 

Katherine Cole is the author of Complete Wine Selector and Voodoo Vintners, the latter a Louis Roederer Award finalist. The longtime wine columnist at The Oregonian newspaper, she has written for many national and international publications, including Wine Spectator, and created Oregon Wine, the App. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

From the beginner to the person who may already have one wine book.

The bulk of the book is an attractive, breezy entertaining look at the world’s seventy five most prominent wine regions and styles, packed with mnemonic devices and colourful photos that help retain information. Get to know the key things in the area and you are more likely to know understand and remember the wines.

Other sections include “Learn the Lingo”, “Just get to know this short selection of terms related to wine and its appreciation and you’ll be talking like a pro”. The “Embrace the Unknown” chapter takes you ‘to meet the unsung regions and unknown grape varieties that will be tomorrow’s superstars’. There is a section on Choosing Your Own wine adventure –who said wine education must begin with Marlborough or the Barossa or even Bordeaux? This exploration tool guides you to your personal jumping-off point: the style and region that best fit your needs and interests. Another section has clear charts showing which wine to have when at what occasion and season and with what food. You are also taught what wine nonsense to avoid, how to be open-minded and what questions to ask the wine waiter.

Most of all this energetic, fun book will be appreciated by all who love wine and there will be very few people indeed who cannot learn a few enjoyable things from this fact packed book.

The Selector, March 2016
“How to Fake Your Way Through a Wine List profiles the famous wines from around the world” 

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Elle Magazine, December 2015
“How to choose wine like a sommelier”

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Woman’s Day, November 2015
“Brush up on your knowledge and expand your vino vocab.”

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Ocean, March 2016
“In a very witty and engaging read, author Katherine Cole discusses how to face the feared and revered Sommelier.”


Drinks Biz Magazine, December 2015
“North American writer Katherine Cole has produced an empowering and essential wine book.”


Second Helping, November 2015
“For a fun and informative way to feel less intimated in a wine store or when presented with a wine list whilst out dining, How to Fake Your Way Through A Wine List is an excellent read and would make an excellent gift.”


On the Road Again – Winsor Dobbin Blog, October 2015

“The book features a well-illustrated guide to 75 of the world’s most prominent wine regions and styles. The layout and mnenomic devices make it easy to learn and retain information and Cole avoids a lot of wine jargon; using simple English to get her point across… Towards the end of the book the role-playing scenarios are particularly good.”


Lifestyle You, October 2015
“If you know your Chablis from your Chardonnay, never fear. Katherine Cole reveals how to quaff with the best of them”


Visit Vineyards, October 2015
“a fun, friendly guide by Katherine Cole that gives you some tools to navigate your way through the world of wine” 

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