Published in October, just in time for Christmas giving, is the 30th Anniversary Edition of “Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Complete Wine Course” (Sterling Epicure, 368 pages). With more than 3 million copies sold, this invaluable wine reference, first published in 1985, has become the all-time best-selling guide to wine. I cut my teeth on it years ago, and I have referred to it frequently since.
In 1976, Zraly became the cellar master at the newly opened Windows on the World restaurant at One World Trade Center, and he ran the Windows on the World Wine Course there until the fateful day, Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists demolished the towers. He’s been recognized as one of the most influential wine educators in the world, and has received a James Beard Award for the Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year.
This revised edition is completely redesigned and updated with an added section on Zraly’s personal remembrances of Windows on the World. The book’s strengths lie in its succinctness, and the sidebars that contain nuggets of information that emphasize points, reveal anecdotes, and offer valuable personal commentary. QR codes lead to pronunciation guides, videos of Zraly teaching about wine, and online sources of wines recommended in the book. This is the definitive tome for learning wine basics.
Listen to Zraly on Orange County’s wine talk show, Grape Radio, recorded in 2010, at Grape Radio.
“Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Complete Wine Course” is published in hardback, and widely available for $27.95.