Born and raised in Alberta, Shelley Boettcher is the executive editor of Wine Access
magazine, and a weekly wine columnist and blogger at the Calgary Herald. Her stories have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and an intermediate wine and spirits certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. She has also studied with the International Sommelier Guild. Boettcher has been a judge at Vinitaly
, one of the world's largest wine fairs, and she has interviewed many renowned winemakers, including Wolf Blass
' Peter Gago. Her favourite wine? Whatever she's drinking at the moment.
Follow her on Twitter @shelley_wine
Email her at shelleyboettcher(at)hotmail.com
Dimensions: 5 x 812
Page Count: 224
Ten percent of the author's proceeds from the sale of this book go to Grapes for Humanity. Established in 2003, Grapes for Humanity is a Canadian non-profit organization that seeks to bring together the international wine community to help people in need. Funding for projects varies, but has included a school for physically disabled children in Cambodia, a prosthetic clinic in Honduras, and transport vehicles for land mine survivors in Angola.
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As she explains in the book's introduction, buying wine doesn't have to be pretentious, boring, and expensive-unless you want it to be. "I appreciate a first-growth Bordeaux just as much as the next wine geek (especially if it's on someone else's tab), but I don't like to be bored, and I'm always looking for a good deal."
In Uncorked!, she's collected 150 wines all under $25. Filled with helpful hints and tips on which wine goes with which occasion, this book will demystify the world of "cork dorks." Each wine includes tasting descriptions, food pairings, label art, and price. You'll never spend another wasted moment staring blankly at the wines in your local liquor store.
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