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The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting [Kindle Edition]

Neel Burton , James Flewellen
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Book Description

This book is for all those seeking to acquire a deep and systematic understanding and appreciation of wine, whether for exams, work, or pleasure. It outlines a simple and yet robust framework for analysing wine as objectively as possible, and provides all the background knowledge that you need to interpret and evaluate your findings—covering everything from grape varieties and vineyard management to winemaking techniques and the world’s most important wine styles. Neel Burton and James Flewellen aim to provide you with a strong foundation in wine, which you can then build upon with your own, unique tasting experiences. *Winner of a Best in the World Gourmand Award 2015*

From the back cover:
This clear and concise primer provides detailed coverage of all the major wine styles and regions, together with notes on the history of wine, viticulture, winemaking, and blind tasting. It seeks throughout to examine in what ways a given wine is unique and different from other, similar wines. For example, why and in what ways is Pauillac, in Bordeaux, different from Pomerol, also in Bordeaux? Why and in what ways is Mosel Riesling different from Riesling from the Rheingau, or the Nahe, or Alsace, Austria, or Australia? This book is dedicated to all wine lovers, and should prove particularly useful to competitive blind tasters, higher level and diploma students, winemakers, wine traders, and sommeliers.

About the authors:
Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford. James Flewellen is a biophysicist at Oxford University. While still a student, he led the university’s blind tasting team to victory in several competitions, most notably the Sciences Po International Tasting (SPIT) and the Varsity Match against Cambridge University.

Reviews:
A comprehensive education in wine… speaks to both the novice and the seasoned oenophile. Read diligently, it will transform the wine drinker’s understanding and appreciation of the magic that is wine. --The Times Literary Supplement

...a book that will be of benefit to anyone taking a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) course in the coming years. --Paul O'Doherty, JancisRobinson.com

This is a splendid, concise, up-to-date, comprehensive and accurate guide ... Warmly recommended! --Clive Coates MW, Author of The Wines of Burgundy

This excellent book covers all aspects [of blind tasting], in a delightful yet sophisticated way. --Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, Author of The Wines of Greece

Anyone, whether eager volunteer or unsuspecting victim, who has experienced the mental and sensory rigours of blind tasting will welcome this helping hand with open arms. --Gabriel Savage, Managing Editor, The Drinks Business

The book is a trustworthy and valuable resource to have, and would doubtless become well thumbed by any serious wine devotee. --Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com

The book is unique in the way it sets out to examine what makes similar wines different ... I wish this book had been available when I was studying for my WSET Diploma. --Colin Smith, IWC and IWSC Judge

Anyone either considering taking on, or in the middle of, a wine course such as the WSET should consider this essential reading. --Thomas Parker, Purchaser at Farr Vintners

Salient characteristics of each of the world’s wine-producing regions are captured both succinctly and lucidly. This is an indispensable guide. --Michael Palij MW, Founder of Winetraders and Winematters

A fine introduction to the world of wine to anybody who is remotely serious about it. --thewinedoctor.com

This is a book that needed to be written … I recommend it to my wine degree students at Plumpton College. --Matthew Hudson, Course Leader, Plumpton College

Burton and Flewellen prove to be singularly diligent guides. The tone is brisk and businesslike, never lapsing into gratuitous academia. --Graham Holter, The Wine Merchant magazine

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A comprehensive education in wine... speaks to both the novice and the seasoned oenophile. Read diligently, it will transform the wine drinker's understanding and appreciation of the magic that is wine. --The Times Literary Supplement

...a book that will be of benefit to anyone taking a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) course in the coming years. --Paul O'Doherty, JancisRobinson.com

Mssrs. Burton and Flewellen have produced just the book that anyone needs ... This is a splendid, concise, up-to-date, comprehensive and accurate guide ... Warmly recommended! --Clive Coates MW, Author of The Wines of Burgundy

Blind wine tasting is one of the most challenging and thought provoking concepts of the beautiful world of wine. Most importantly, it is a two way process, being the ultimate test for both the wine tasted and the wine taster. This excellent book covers all aspects, in a delightful yet sophisticated way. --Konstantinos Lazarakis MW, Author of The Wines of Greece

Anyone, whether eager volunteer or unsuspecting victim, who has experienced the mental and sensory rigours of blind tasting will welcome this helping hand with open arms. A great confidence booster for anyone looking to make sense of the increasingly convoluted world wine map. --Gabriel Savage, Managing Editor, The Drinks Business

Finding good generalizations about the specific taste and structure of wines (as far as that is possible) is surprisingly hard, and the ones in this book are invaluable. Of course, each taster eventually develops their own sense of how to identify and recognize the many and varied aspects of wine, but a resource like this is worth knowing about as a reference point for wine students at all stages ... the book is a trustworthy and valuable resource to have, and would doubtless become well thumbed by any serious wine devotee. --Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com

The book is unique in the way it sets out to examine what makes similar wines different ... I wish this book had been available when I was studying for my WSET Diploma. --Colin Smith, IWC and IWSC Judge

Anyone either considering taking on, or in the middle of, a wine course such as the WSET should consider this essential reading. --Thomas Parker, Purchaser at Farr Vintners

A detailed textbook ... very thorough. --Decanter

Burton and Flewellen have done more than just compile a remarkably comprehensive guide to overcoming the daunting challenge of blind tasting; salient characteristics of each of the world's wine-producing regions are captured both succinctly and lucidly. This is an indispensable guide. --Michael Palij MW, Founder of Winetraders and Winematters

A fine introduction to the world of wine to anybody who is remotely serious about it. --Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com

This is a book that needed to be written ... I recommend it for my wine degree students at Plumpton College. --Matthew Hudson, Course Leader, Plumpton College

Burton and Flewellen prove to be singularly diligent guides. The tone is brisk and businesslike, never lapsing into gratuitous academia. --Graham Holter, The Wine Merchant magazine

About the Author

Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford. James Flewellen is a biophysicist at Oxford University. While still a student, he led the university's blind tasting team to victory in several competitions, most notably the Sciences Po International Tasting (SPIT) and the Varsity Match against Cambridge University. Reporting on the 58th Varsity Match in the Financial Times, Master of Wine Jancis Robinson described him as the most impressive taster of the lot .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5927 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Acheron Press (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IKFH1D6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By K. Z. Sobol TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This book, which in the hardback version spans 376 pages, is concise in acknowledgement that it cannot convey all of the information about all of the wine produced from around the world into this version, but it is certainly not a general overview, rather it packs as much information as possible into this articulately and accurately written guide, covering all of the main wine-producing countries, their geography and climate as it pertains to the wine-growing, the primary and most noteworthy wine regions and the grape varieties utilised.

The book has been written by scientific minds and so we are spared airy-fairy spouting without meaning and given the real meat and bones with regard to wine, its craft and how to taste it and it would be entirely possible to set up a wine tasting group with the information contained in this guide and it might work best if all of the group read the book in advance - particularly if all are beginners, as there is quite a lot of information to absorb. The skill of blind tasting clearly takes time to master, but this is a great way to start - although I suspect that at some point you might like to attend a course in person to ensure that you are heading in the right direction with your developing skills!

I think many people would like to know more about wine and this book really is a wonderful encyclopaedia of information that will change the way that I look at and taste wine forever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate textbook of wine 18 Mar. 2014
Format:Hardcover
I work in wine sales and was given this book to brush up my wine knowledge. Unlike other wine books, this one spares you the fluff and glossy pictures, covering a great deal of ground without ever throwing away so much as a single sentence. It doesn’t just tell you all about wine, but also teaches you the skills to taste, analyse, and evaluate it. Comprehensive tasting notes of the major styles linked to detailed descriptions of terroir (history, climate, soil etc.) provided me with a clear notion of the subtle differences between e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra and Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, and of the factors that underlie those differences. The technical precision is often very impressive, with the authors telling you not only what e.g. Albarino should taste like, but also that it is often confused with Riesling, Pinot Gris, Viognier, or Gruner Veltliner, and how it can be distinguished from these other grape varieties. Other than the tasting notes (which are also gathered in a handy appendix), useful features include a blind tasting guide, detailed maps of every major wine region, and a glossary index of key terms and concepts. This book is not so much a book on wine as a textbook of wine, and yet it remains accessible to a relative beginner such as myself. I'll certainly be returning to it when it comes to sitting exams
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, well-conceived blind tasting guide. 3 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone who has been blind tasting wine competitively for the past 4 years, I know first-hand how odd of a hobby it can seem to strangers. Perhaps due to this peculiarity, I have also found it incredibly difficult to find any sensible reference materials or guides (admittedly, most of my own knowledge has been expanded via other passionate wine lovers who started blind tasting long before me, and who graciously shared their knowledge with me).

‘The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting’, thankfully, provides a good starting point for what I find is a poorly served market. Although there are other good wine reference and wine tasting books out there (e.g. 'World Atlas of Wine', 'How to Taste', etc.) , in my experience they miss the mark in one way or another. Some are far too elementary in their instructions for how to taste wine (and sometimes entirely gloss over blind tasting), whereas others seem to get bogged down in über-specific regional detail (great for reference purposes, or perhaps for Masters-of-Wine-in-training, but otherwise not so useful for blind tasting in general). This book reaches a happy medium between the two with:

-A meticulous, but logical blind tasting guide,
-Good regional maps that are not overly intricate, but cover major viticultural regions in appropriate detail
-Helpful comparisons between the same grape variety from different regions (thus helping the reader appreciate the subtle differences between different styles of the same wine)

So if you already appreciate wine, and have a decent understanding of grape varieties, regions, etc., then this book is as close to perfect as you will get, and will help you reach the next level as far as blind tasting is concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A necessary wine companion 21 Jun. 2014
Format:Hardcover
From my perspective this is a book that needed to be written. For the serious wine student or enthusiast this book collects together the most important features of important and significant wine regions and also comments on the character of a number of important wine styles. It is well conceived and written in a clear sparse style, so although quite a weighty tome is indeed concise - it does not waste words. It does not supplant the great wine references (Wine Grapes, OCW, the World Atlas) but it does sit well alongside them as a useful compact guide. I recommend it for my wine degree students at Plumpton College.
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This book is a necessary book of the sommelier!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent work
An excellent work, very focused and with good details and descriptions of a very difficult subject. Suitable for all levels of interest and expertise, including up to WSET Diploma... Read more
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Published 15 months ago by M o'shaughnessy
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable guide to the world of wine
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There are numerous books on the subject of wine and wine tasting but very little is included on the practice of blind tasting as a means of assessing and evaluating wines... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute godsend
I'm starting a wine society at my university on the south coast, and this book is an absolute godsend! Unfortunately our university doesn't have any tradition of wine tasting. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent companion (even for beginners)
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