Hip and Young?

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher as a press sample.

Are you between the ages of about 21 (let’s keep this legal folks!) and 35, give or take? Are you interested in wine, but find it hard to approach? Are you female? Do more lengthy tomes like the Oxford Companion to Wine appear to be way more information than you are ready to digest? Would you like a quick guide to the basics of wine that’s geared toward you? Then this book was written for you.

Hip Tastes: The Fresh Guide to Wine is a newly released book by Courtney Cochran. I fall clearly and squarely into the age group that this book is attempting to reach, mainly younger females. Its pop culture references such as rap stars drinking Cristal (or not so much anymore I guess) and calling parents “rents” flow through the book and its short, snappy titles appeal to those with not lengthy attention spans.

The chapters are brief, offering just a glimpse into each aspect of wine, tasting, hosting a party, shopping, etc. This is definitely a book for the beginner who wants a working knowledge of wine in order to feel comfortable asking a few questions in a restaurant or to confidently pick up a bottle or two at the local wine store. Overall, the 252 pages is a light and breezy easy read, taking me a flight to St. Louis to peruse.

If you are looking for an exhaustive resource for every nuance of the wine world, you aren’t going to be happy with this book. However, if you want an easy to read, approachable book stuffed with tidbits about the wines you are most likely to encounter at parties and restaurants as a young female, then this is a book for you.

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3 Responses

  1. I own this book but haven’t dug into it yet. Thanks for the review! http://www.drinksareonme.net

  2. I didn’t like this book at all. Maybe as a male in my 30s I’m not the target audience, but the writing is a little TOO light for me….and there are inaccuracies in several sections of the book as well.

  3. Thanks for the comment Dale.

    Lenn, I think it accomplished what it set out to do and who it set out to reach. I think you are well outside the target audience simply given your already standing wine knowledge. I noticed several inaccuracies as well, but I didn’t think what I saw was harmful enough overall to the book, again, for the purpose it is trying to serve.

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