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on 25 November 2002
Clarke's book is organised alphabetically, regardless of whether the entry is the name of a wine, a producer, a region or a grape variety - which makes it easy for newcomers to wine to use. The entries, too, lean more towards the New World (for example, no Chateaux Beauregard, Fonroque or Hosanna, no Tardieu-Laurent - though you may find them referenced in other entries).
As for the content in entries themselves - as in any other guide, the personal preferences of the author show through. To Clarke's credit, he is not afraid of "critiquing" the occasional wine.
This year's guide is sold (in the UK)with a free buying guide for the UK, with a shortlist of wines to buy this year, and a valuable directory of wine retail outlets and merchants.
Overall a good reference, although for French wines I prefer Hugh Johnson's guide.
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on 9 February 2002
Clarke does it again - reliably helping the keen amateur through the maze, with hunour and enthusiasm. There's nothing like it on the market - the hands-on, no nonsense approach is a genuine boon to help the buyer find value.
Only one quibble - limited space means, of course, that Oz can't cover every major producer in a given sector, and sometimes he omits star growers whilst including some of the more mundane. However, this detracts little from the benefits of the book - go buy it.
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on 16 January 2001
Oz Clarke's Wine Buying Guide is invaluable to find the bargains in wine shops in my area. And this year he has succeeded in demystifying what all those wine experts on the TV are talking about when they describe wines as blackcurranty or spicy. There's a whole section on different styles of wine giving examples of each style that you can buy from your local merchant. Green wine?...probably Sauvignon Blanc then. I almost feel like a wine expert.
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on 29 November 2001
I have always been a great fan of Oz's on the BBC. It was great to find that his Wine Buying Guide is filled with the same easy style of communicating useful information. Refreshing, no-nonsense facts about wines and where to buy them in a book conveniently sized to fit in the pocket or bag when you go to the offy.
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on 6 November 1999
An extremely well-researched and easy-to-use guide to the world's wines. This covers all major wine retail outlets and covers all wine styles and price ranges. Something for everyone here. An excellent choice and an ideal gift.
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