Pros: Great for enthusiasts desiring greater depths of info on wines/spirits.
Cons: Will not set you on any path toward sommelier certifications or jobs.
Reviewed By: Ruben Urias The Sommelier Prep Course takes a comprehensive look at wine producing regions of the world. The book examines the soil, grapes, and climate of each region and how they combine to give a country its wine identity. It reads like a textbook with topic reviews and questions at the end of each chapter, but unfortunately the book does not train you to be a sommelier or prepare you for any certifications. While the book does provide a brief introduction to tasting and pairing, including a hands-on exercise, you are left to develop your palate alone. The bulk of the book is wine reference material organized by region, but you are also...(read more)