If you already have a previous edition of Wine For Dummies, you might be wondering whether you need this book. We believe that you do. We wrote the first edition of Wine For Dummies in 1995, and the world of wine has changed tremendously since then. It has even changed a lot since our fifth edition in 2012:
The wine world has an exciting new face thanks to the communities of wine lovers who share opinions, chat, and blog on Internet sites, and these voices are shaping new trends. New styles of popular wine are emerging, and a whole new approach to food and wine pairing has taken root.
✓ The wines of South America have come on strong, and they offer some of the best values around. We’ve ramped up our coverage of Chile and Argentina to give you the inside track on these explosive wine regions.
✓ Dozens of California wineries have opened, a few have gone out of business, many have improved, and a few have slipped. Our recommendations reflect all these changes.
✓ Remember those prices we listed for wines worth trying in our earlier editions? Well, big surprise: Just about all those prices have increased. But we point out some bargains, especially in Parts III, IV, and V.
✓ Several new vintages have occurred; we give you the lowdown on them throughout the book, and especially in our vintage chart in Appendix C.
We wrote this book to be an easy-to-use reference. You don’t have to read it from cover to cover for it to make sense and be useful to you. Simply turn to the section that interests you and dig in. Note that sidebars, which are shaded boxes of text, consist of information that’s interesting but not necessarily critical to your understanding of the topic.