Everybody loves to drink wine, but when it comes to buying it, so many of us are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices, and intimidated because we don’t think we “know” enough about wine to take a chance. Too often we end up buying the same Merlot, Cabernet or Chardonnay, because we don’t have the confidence to try something different. Enter Andy Besch-the Wine Guy.
Andy, owner of Manhattan’s popular West Side Wine, wants you to take control of the wine-buying process, and start looking at each experience as an opportunity to find something new, whether it’s an unfamiliar label, grape or region. The Wine Guy encourages wine drinkers to break free of old habits and start enjoying the thousands of affordable treasures available in today’s wine world.
The Wine Guy offers simple advice on how to get in touch with your own tastes by identifying the flavors and styles that appeal to you. You’ll taste your way through the eight “everyday” grapes, and will learn how to match their qualities to fifteen “breakaways” that will open the door to countless new options. Andy will show you how to find a good wine guy of your own, and how to effectively communicate to get the most out of your shopping experience. With your new knowledge and skill, you will be able to base your wine-buying decisions on your own preferences instead of being sucked in by brand names, arty labels, someone else’s opinions, or the common practice of equating price with quality.
In The Wine Guy, Andy shares his personal experiences from behind the counter to help you become a savvy wine shopper. You’ll find answers to the questions he is most commonly asked, along with tips on making the most of the wine experience in restaurants, wineries, wine bars and while entertaining in your own home.
Take advantage of the methods that have turned so many of Andy’s customers at West Side Wine into self-assured and adventuresome wine enthusiasts. Get reatdy to uncork a truly special experience, and let The Wine Guy show you how.