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Essential Winetasting [Hardcover]

Michael Schuster
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17 Aug 2000
Winner of The Wine Book of the Year Gold Label Award (Le Prix due Champagne Lanson); the Glenfiddich Award for Best Drink Book; and the Best Drink Book of the Year by the coveted Andre Simon Memorial Fund Awards.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (17 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840002050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840002058
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 20.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Essential Winetasting is one of those rare books that can serve and stimulate both beginners and experts. If you want to get started - or if you need navigational aid on a wine-odyssey you've already begun - I can't think of a better guide." Richard Erhlich, Independent on Sunday

"The most effective winetasting manual ever wrtten." Bill Nesto MW, Beverage Business USA

"A beautifully designed and intelligently organised wine primer" The Boston Globe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A clearly structured, authoritative and inspirational winetasting course by one of the world's leading winetasting tutors. Everything you need to know about tasting wine, from what equipment to use to how to taste and recognise the major grape varieties. Features nine instructive tastings using a selection of widely available and affordable wines. Includes 25 explanatory maps covering the world's key wine regions, plus vintage guides. Winner of: Prix du Champagne Lanson Wine Book of the Year;Glenfiddich Drink Book of the Year; and Andre Simon Drink Book of the Year --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best wine tasting book I've encountered 8 Dec 2010
Michael Schuster does and excellent (and methodical) job of explaining the art of wine tasting. Nothing is assumed as the reader is taken through the correct process of tasting wine. This methodical approach is tremendously important and, as a matter of technique, it its application is equally useful to both the novice and the professional.

Michael employs a great specificity of language that will help readers understand exactly how oak, climate, grape variety, soil, and other factors influences the wine. This in turn can raise the readers' awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of wine.

This book has helped me understand wine better, and improved my ability to describe and write about wine. I am a professional Sommelier and a wine writer, and this book has unequivocally helped me in passing blind-tasting exams as well.

I see this book as an essential resource both for wine lovers and for wine professionals, and I recommend it whole-heartedly.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for true lovers of wine 27 Nov 2000
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For anyone not lucky enough to have attended one of Michael's courses, this serves as an excellent alternative.
Schuster brings his customary eloquence to the printed page and goes further than others toward pinning down some of the less obvious nuances of wines. Reading this book and following its spirit will help anyone to get the most from wine - from Blue Nun to Cheval Blanc. Debunks many widely held myths and misconceptions and encourages objectivity in tasting - a sadly underestimated skill. The tutored tastings are a remarkably effective innovation - how can one resist the urge to reach for that corkscrew?
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You really don't need to be knowledgeable about wine to be inspired by this book - you just need to enjoy the taste of it! Essential Winetasting is an inspirational read, half way through which you'll be (well I was) tempted to ring up your friends, issue instructions on which wine to bring, and organise an impromptu tasting.
The book educates and informs with a style that's by turns absorbing, entertaining, and hugely educational - importantly, even as a 'novice', I never felt patronised or confused. It's beautifully illustrated throughout - particularly in the section on step by step guided tastings. It's this superb section which 'makes' the book; it allows you to put the knowledge you've just aquired into a practical, tutored context - which in turn ensures that the learning process becomes fun, instinctive and effortless.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real wine knowledge by 'hands on' tastings 7 May 2002
Without a doubt the best wine book I have seen. Superbly laid out with easy to follow references. This book teaches practical knowledge on every page which comes to life in step by step tasting experiences. Michael Schuster has a great knack of bringing enjoyment to this art. The first book I have read that explains why a certain wine matches a certain food. I just want to read, learn and taste more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a course, not a guide 11 Feb 2011
Bought this for my brother-in-law. Was highly recommended on Amazon but I was initially a bit disappointed when I received it because it's not a glossy guide you can particularly dip in and out. However, looking more closely it is a wonderful book if you want to actually learn to taste wine, rather than dip in and out. Effectively it's a bit of a course in wine tasting. What is nice is that it suggests wines to purchase with the details of tasting, and would be great for organising your own wine tasting parties!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 4 July 2012
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This book is very well laid out, easy to read and very informative. If you are a beginner, this book is perfect.
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