""Kevin Zraly is the finest wine educator I have known." --Robert Parker """No one matches Kevin Zraly for teaching the novice or giving experts the most current information about wine. Now, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Zraly's definitive work, the world's bestselling guide to wine receives a complete update. As always, Zraly deftly takes the mystery out of choosing and enjoying wine, explains all the basics, and offers hundreds of new wines (many under $30!) to try. But this thoroughly redesigned edition also presents a beautiful tribute to the renowned restaurant where Zraly's course began: Windows on the World, which perished on 9/11. Thanks to user-friendly smartphone tags throughout, there are videos to enlighten key points and audio guides to help you correctly pronounce 1,300 wine names and terms.
In 1976 Kevin Zraly was hired as the cellar master to the newly opened Windows on the World restaurant at One World Trade Center; that is where he opened his Windows on the World Wine School and where it remained until September 11, 2001. It is now located at the JW Marriott Essex House on Central Park South, and, to date, has more than 20,000 graduates. "Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course" was first published in 1985 and has since sold more than three million copies. He also created the Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin Zraly wine club and master classes. His honors include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the James Beard Foundation and European Wine Council, the James Beard Award for the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year, and the Food and Beverage Association's Man of the Year Award. He is on the board of trustees at the Culinary Institute of America and has been featured in the "New York Times," "People" magazine, the "Wall Street Journal," "GQ," and "USA Today." He lives in New Paltz, NY.