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Come along as the Food and Wine Guru cooks up old and new favorites alike. A different kind of food site, where what to cook is more important than how. Presented in bite sized pieces, tips, tricks and an ever expanding catalog of new ideas await you.

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Since 1995 the Food and Wine Guru has been demystifying the world of wine. No matter what level of confidence you have in your wine knowledge, there is likely something here that will comfortably, and easily bring it up a notch or two.

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If you live in or are planning to visit Ecuador, join our merry group of food and wine lovers as we get together to enjoy a bit of culinary artistry, tip a glass, and prove that life is worth living!

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What makes a Food and Wine Guru?

Over three decades Stephen Reiss, PhD, CWE toiled in the hospitality and wine industries. He has never stopped learning, and at every opportunity he shares what he can. After retiring young, he circumnavigated the globe three times over ten years, consulting to wineries and adding even more flavors, tastes and techniques to his repertoire.

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Food and Wine Guru

101 Ways to cook outside the box

Knowing how to cook is not half as hard as knowing what to cook. Here are 101 simple to make ideas, to take you out of the box. Outside the box to gently expand your comfort zone, outside the box to show you new ways to think about classic dishes, and definitely way, way outside the food delivery box. The big pictures and small amount of text will have you drooling at the thought of the next meal you will be planning to make. The Internet is full of recipes that tell you how to make it. We fill in the missing piece, ideas on what to make.

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Food and Wine Pairing Guide

A look at the thinking behind two amazing food and wine dinners from The Food & Wine Guru, Stephen Reiss. Trained as a chef and an expert at wines, there are few people with more experience at creating these perfect marriages.

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The Words of Wine: The Food and Wine Guru's Irreverent Guide

A clear, concise and simple explanation of the many words of wine. Brought to you by the Food and Wine Guru, Stephen Reiss, chef, author, wine educator and world traveler, and irreverent industry insider.

Gain the confidence to read a wine label, to discuss wine, and to share what you have learned. Never again wonder what that wine label is trying to tell to, look it up!

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Words of Wine Translator: English to French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Back Again.

There are few pursuits more international than wine. Whether you are traipsing through vineyards in far flung locales, deciphering a label, or guiding visitors through your winery, chances are there a few wine words that are more than a little foreign to you. The words of wine change from one land to another, and not just because they are in another language. A standard transliteration would tell you that “Vin en Vrac” meant “Wine Pell-Mell” rather than the easier to understand “Bulk Wine.” Each of the five languages have been painstakingly researched to find the best translations, not transliterations, for the wine world.

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Juice Jargon - How to talk about wine

First published in 2004, Juice Jargon has been the text of choice for wine schools around the world. Its no nonsense approach to talking about wine has been adopted by those who have tired of the vinobabble of the mainstream wine press. With just a handful of everyday common words Dr. Reiss has shown the world not only how to talk about wine, but how to actually share the experience of tasting a wine. As the author of WineEducation.com and with his experience garnered from teaching wine courses for over ten years, and twenty years as a wine steward before that, Stephen Reiss has shown an uncanny knack for making the daunting approachable for wine lovers of every level. More than just a treatise on talking about wine, and more than just a wine dictionary, Juice Jargon is a primer for all aspects for anyone wishing to know more about the world of wine. The new fifth edition continues on the tradition of the last decade, with updates to reflect the ever changing landscape of wine.

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Unravelling the Wine Knot: An irreverent look at wine

Do the experts really know more than you? How much do you really need to spend to enjoy a great wine? What about all of those accessories, are they necessary? In "Unraveling the Wine Knot" Certified Wine Educator, Dr. Stephen Reiss shares his often controversial views of wine and the wine industry. From Everything You Need to Know about Wine to his futuristic treatise on robots in the vineyard, these casual essays are easy to read, and easy to enjoy. If you have ever read a wine note and wondered what the heck the reviewer was thinking. If you have ever heard something espoused as fact, that you were dubious about. If you ever wished you had a friend with the inside scoop on wine, than this book is for you. Author of the popular "Juice Jargon - How to talk about wine" Steve Reiss' no nonsense advice has helped millions find their footing on wine. With passion, scholarship and a mission to demystify what is ultimately just a bunch of squished grapes, Dr. Reiss has dedicated his career to serving up the unvarnished truth. Dr. Stephen Reiss, Ph.D., C.W.E. has been teaching wine since the 1980s. As a wine steward at some of Aspen's most prestigious restaurants, he was able to learn how people learn about wine. This led to the publication of his best selling book: Juice Jargon. His website WineEducation.com has introduced millions of visitors to a no nonsense way of enjoying wine, without the hype, and above all else, without the fear. For the last several decades Dr. Reiss has been writing about the wines of the world, having traveled to not only the usual wine regions, but well off the beaten trail in places like Bulgaria, India and Thailand. He currently lives in the middle of the vineyards of Argentina, but you may expect to find him anywhere the wine is flowing.

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Cutting Through the Wine Knot: More irreverent essays on the wine industry

Wine is a sacred subject to many, but should it be? “Cutting Through the Wine Knot” takes another irreverent look at the wine industry and dispels myths while imploring readers to make up their own minds, and to learn about wine the old fashioned way, by drinking it! In this tl;dr age each of the essays is kept short and to the point, so you can read them in the time it takes you to… Enjoy a glass of wine. The book is broken into three sections For Consumers, For Students and For the Pros, but no matter what your level of involvement in wine, each essay is sure to hit home. Ignore the alphabet soup surrounding Dr. Stephen Reiss PhD, CWE’s name and instead concentrate on the no nonsense advice from a 30 year veteran of the wine game.

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Exploring Chilean Wines

Chile makes a lot of wine! Making sense of it all is a gargantuan task. Stephen Reiss is well known for making wine easy on wineeducation.com and in his books. Now he makes it easy for you to wade through the Chile section of your favorite wine store. Note: This book was originally published in 2009. because it contains dated material the publisher has decided to make the book available for free. The vintages may be old, but the information is still invaluable.

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Mendoza Wineries

It is hard to mention Mendoza, Argentina without invoking “at the foot of the Andes.” The second highest mountains in the world are an omnipresent backdrop to the vineyards, contrasting their white peaks with the green leaves. An American wine writer and his photographer wife lived in the middle of the vines for over five years. Here they share a few of their favorite wineries, in words and images. Mendoza Wineries is unlike any book of the area that has come before. With more than 500 photos there is no way this book could ever be published, except on the iPad. Enjoy the interactive galleries as you plan, or just daydream, about your visit to one of the world’s great wine capitals.

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A Drink and a Year Off - 365 Days Around the World

Sell everything and go around the world for a year. It was more than just a dream for wine writer Stephen Reiss and his photographer wife, Janet Engelhard.

Immerse yourself in their travels as they document every part of the trip that took them to nine countries on four continents in exactly 365 days. "A Drink and a Year Off" could not have be written before the advent of the iPad and interactive books. With over 2,000 photos and hundreds of pages, this book is unlike any travel log ever written.

Read along as they share their thoughts on food, wine, fashion, and everything else as the intrepid duo make their way from one adventure to the next. From the sublime and insightful to downright catty, their comments will make you smile, think, and above all else, experience the world in a way you have never before.

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Recipe for the Perfect Day

Life can get a little hectic, and we don't always seem to be able to find the time for what is most important. When we were kids we knew that some days were just too perfect to spend cooped up inside, and so we had the ultimate weapon at our disposal, playing hooky. Simply deciding to take the day off at the last minute is all well and good, but the perfect day doesn't happen by accident. In "Recipe for the Perfect Day" we help you design a day of spontaneity that is perfect in every way. So much more than just an erotic cookbook, Recipe offers suggestions on what to wear, what to watch, when to make love, and when to cool off so you can last all day long. This interactive guide will amuse and titillate you while making you think about what it takes to fashion a memory, rekindle a love affair and delight all of your senses at once. You and you lover deserve a day that is all about you, a day where being bad is the best, and a day where all you have on your mind is how to please each other. Do your love life a favor, and whip up the Perfect Day!

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