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Oz Clarke Pocket Wine Book 2010 [Hardcover]

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Book Description

7 Sep 2009
You can't hold all the wine information you need in your head, but with this handy guide you can be sure it is available whenever you want it. Indispensable as ever, Oz Clarke's now classic "Pocket Wine Book" is thoroughly and meticulously updated each year. The Book has more information, more recommendations, more facts, more figures, passion and opinion than any other comparable guide to wine. For optimum browsing, the guide includes a handy country by country index as well as a full producer index helping you find over 4000 of the world's top wine producers. '...a comprehensive, witty and portable reference' - "Harpers". 'The witty Oz Clarke is also a terrific taster' - Robert Parker. 'Clarke is something of a phenomenon in the wine world' - "The New York Times".

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (7 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058637
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 10.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A former leading West End actor, Oz Clarke is one of the world's leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. Known for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm for life in general, Oz is Britain's most popular wine writer and the author of a collection of bestselling books about wine. He also broadcasts extensively on television and radio.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an annual must 8 Aug 2010
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I buy Oz Clark's Pocket Wine Book as a companion to Hugh Johnson's version every year. They are complimentary. Oz is stronger on some wines/vineyards; Hugh is stronger on others. Where Oz Clark wins is in his evaluation supermarkets and their wines: what you are likely to find there. (I find Hugh Johnson's book more helpful when visiting wine-growing countries).

If you wanted to look like a nerd, you could wander around wine shops with this in your hand. It's more useful when you want to find something else similar to what you're just drinking, or want to make sure you don't buy something else similar (cos it isn't to your liking). The section on matching wine and food is OK as a basic guide but can be a bit off-putting, too (eg if you did have a selection of cheeses, the advice here makes it sound as if you need almost as many wines, to match each one).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Read... 24 April 2010
By Richard
Firstly, I would like to set straight the bad rating given by another reviewer. No, this book isn't "A Beginners Introduction to Wine" but it doesn't claim to be. I've found "Beginner" books to cover things like grape variaties, tasting, accessories, etc. Whereas this book will teach you all spacificly about wines that are on shelves today. To give it a bad rating because it wasn't what you thought it was going to be isn't fair.

So, if you're like me and have a few "Beginner" books and wish to start moving forward on the subject, this book is a big step in the right direction. The book is extremely insightful and is the sorce of a wealth of information.

This book provides information on a country including:
Wine Regions (for those who like to know a bit about where the wine has come from)
Classifications (of what quality the wines are and how they compare to others)
Vintage Report (To do with the climate and how it effected growth and yield that year)
Producers (The people putting there name on a wine)

The Producers being a very important piece of information. If you find a wine that you like, find out who the producer is. The chances are they will put their name on other, equally good wines. This can be said for the opposite, you may find a producer whose wine you didn't like. If you try a different wine from the same producer and don't like that either you may want to avoid it in future.

I've started to ramble a bit but I guess that's what learning about wine does to people :)

So to summarize; you can take as much or as little from this book as you like. It won't spoon feed you the basics but it will really improve your knowledge of the wine world.

Thanks for reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars small and handy 16 Mar 2012
I bought this book and others like it a few years ago, since then they all sit in a book shelf apart from this one. Being pocket sized it can goe everywhere. Inside, the layout is very simple to use and within moments I found very small producers local to me here in the south of France which I would never have known about. Oz Clarke's judgement on wine is spot on - all those I have tried have been excuisite. His star rating soon becomes embedded in you. The text is a little on the small side, but means more info for your money. His coverage is very vast and describes the wines in Lehmans terms. I found thge book taught me a lot about very good wine. It maybe 2012 now, but the book is still an excellent source.
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