More than Wines of South America being an important body of work, it’s about the author for me. Please don’t misunderstand me.

This latest book by Evan Goldstein is just brilliant, but that’s what I’ve come to expect from him; and, that’s why he’s even more important to me than the books he’s producing… Evan Goldstein is capable of taking a book that he’s written and going on the road with the eduction he’s gained in the process… to eagerly share with the world all the knowledge that he’s discovered.

Wines of South America is now the most essential guide on this region, eclipsing any other bodies of work in my wine (book) library to this point in time, if not forever.

If ever there is a wine educator extraordinaire, it’s Evan Goldstein.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Evan for years now.

Evan Goldstein

Master Sommelier, Full Circle Wine Solutions, San Francisco, CA ~ President and Chief Education Officer…

Evan is the author of Five Star Service: Your Guide to Hospitality Excellence (On Premise Communications Inc.), and the critically acclaimed Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food (University of California Press). His sequel wine and food book for the University of California Press, Daring Pairings, was released in 2010.

Evan’s food and wine career started in the renowned kitchens of Paris and California. In 1984 he joined his mother, Chef and Author Joyce Goldstein, in opening the celebrated San Francisco restaurant Square One. In 1987 he became the eighth American and youngest ever at the time to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. Since 1990 Evan has created wine education programs and service hospitality schools with Seagram Chateau & Estates Wines Company, Diageo, Allied Domecq, and most recently, as the Vice President of Global Wine & Brand Education at Beam Wine Estates. In addition, Evan continues to train and examine candidates for the Court of Master Sommeliers as a Founding Board member.

Evan is a regular editorial contributor to Americas Sante magazine, Wine & Dine and Indulgence magazines in Singapore, and is the American correspondent for South Korea’s Wine Review magazine. Evan is a recurring guest wine expert on NBC’s syndicated television show ‘In Wine Country,’ San Francisco’s top-rated ‘Ronn Owens’ Show’ on KGO Radio and on Saturday morning television’s KPIX ‘Eyewitness News.’

Evan is such a great resource. When I realized that he was the person presenting at the ViniPortugal seminars, I was thrilled. After the event he told me that it’s always nice to see a familiar colleague’s face in his audience, while I was thinking the same thing about him in the reverse… It’s always a treat to listen to someone I know that is discussing wine.

And now Evan Goldstein’s latest book: Wines of South America

The subtitle is  The Essential Guide, and they got that one right… It’s very essential to knowing about Wines of South America: grape varieties, regions, touring, dining, brands, and their wine labels. It’s the quintessential guide.

Each winery listed, and there’s a plethora of them, has its founding date, address (so you can find it), who owns the winery, who the winemaker is, who’s the viticulturist, for what the winery is best known, its signature wine, and other labels that might exist for the winery, along with a short 100 to 150 word narrative that best describes each wine company. If you need to do any research about South American wines, this is an invaluable guide. If you simply want to teach yourself what to expect with you get there, go for it; but, don’t leave home without it.

This book is highly recommended, published by University of California Press.