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The 24-Hour Wine Expert

This slim paperback is aimed at wine drinkers who like wine but don't know much about it (not you then). The potential reader of The 24-Hour Wine Expert wouldn’t dream of reading a major reference book like the others described here, but want a shortcut to expertise. Jancis shares a practical, pithy distillation of her 40 years’ worth of wine experience.

  • How much do I need to spend to get a good bottle of wine?
  • Which wine goes with pizza, sushi or Thai food?
  • What do my choices say about me?

Many of us want to know more about wine, but don’t quite know where to start. Here Jancis makes it easy with her short, foolproof guide to the essentials.

From a whistle stop tour of regions and grapes to what terms like 'full-bodied' and 'nose' really mean, Jancis guides us through some basic terms; suggests some interesting alternatives to wine choices; offers tips; busts myths and ensures you will never panic when faced with a wine list or dinner party again.

Find out more about the book at and the background to it in A new book for your family and friends.

Published by Penguin at £4.99 on 4 February 2016 and to be published in the US by Abrams in September 2016.