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Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Book 2013 [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

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6 Sep 2012 Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Book
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 meticulously updated each year. This is the 21st edition and the book has more information, more recommendations, more facts, passion and opinion than any other comparable guide to wine. Organised in an easy-to-use A-Z format, the entries cover wines, producers, grapes and wine regions from all over the world. For optimum browsing, the guide includes a handy country by country index as well as a full producer index to help you find over 4000 of the world's top wine producers and their wines. Detailed vintage charts with information on which of the world's top wines are ready for drinking in 2013, can be found on the inside front and back covers. New for this year is an extra 8-page colour section to add extra sparkle to the 2013 edition.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; 1st Illustrated edition edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862059683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862059689
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 9.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No wine buff s stocking should be without this essential guide to wine. --Choice magazine, December issue

About the Author

A former leading West End actor, Oz Clarke is one of the world's best known 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 BBC television and radio.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In vino veritas... 5 Oct 2012
By Tubbs
An indispensable little guide to wine that I now refuse to be without! Clear, concise, detailed and full of information without being patronising, this gem of a reference book comes highly recommended (especially the sections on matching wine to food, sparkling wines and the glossary of terms). 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable as ever 4 Oct 2012
I have bought Oz's Pocket Wine Book for many years and I will continue to do so as I am never disappointed. The annual updates are so useful, as well as the indispensable 'best years to buy', new producers are added as well as current information about lesser known regions. I find the vintage charts really useful and rely on them when buying my wine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Probably avoid this on the Kindle 7 Aug 2013
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my Kindle.

It's perfectly reasonable, but to be honest, it is a faff to search for stuff. I know that this sounds daft, given that the Kindle indexes every word in a book, but it just doesn't quite hit the spot.

When I've had previous versions of this (and Hugh Johnson) in book form, I've found them much easier to flick through, and certainly easier to browse when in a wine shop.

So, a good book with a format that I find doesn't really translate well to the Kindle platform. However, on the plus side, the good thing about this is that when I'm travelling overseas, I'll have a pocket wine guide on tap, so to speak, to help me decide whether the wine on offer looks reasonable value.

(A tip though. Open a wine guide, even on a Kindle, in a top notch French restaurant and the maitre d' will probably put a steak knife through it. Or you!)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better as a book, easier to use. 1 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The problem with the Kindle version is that it is difficult to go to particular sections for reference. For example, If you want to look up, say, 'merlot', there are so many references in the 'Search this book' section of the menu that it takes a while to find exactly what you want, whereas in the book there are headings that are easy to follow on each page. Also, there is, of course, no colour section.
The content of Oz Clarke's book, however, is very comprehensive and informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as useful as I thought it might be. 8 May 2013
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plenty of detail included, but don't expect to find too many of Oz's favourites on the shelves of your local Tesco.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super pocket book 13 April 2013
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As a pocket guide, cannot fault contents and layout. Quick to use and informative.
For an 'ol' git' like me, the print is a bit too small.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars wine book 27 Feb 2013
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I always buy this book for my brother and obviously he's pleased with it. Very pompt service and well packed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book but shoddy print quality 7 Feb 2013
By Edmond
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The content is ok but the print quality of the copy I received was terrible and makes me not want to thumb through it for information. The print on some of the pages are 'shadowy', making it a real pain.
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