I have lived in Hungary for over 17 years, and enjoy wine, so the book's title grabbed my attention! On a cold day this winter, next to a roaring fire, seemed the perfect way to go about reading it. It is a big and heavy book, being hardcover and larger than A4 size, so it was an awkward effort, but successful in the end.
Copp starts with a historical narrative and he really does go back in time to paint the picture. He discusses Hungarian grape varieties and then takes us through the country's various wine regions, with accuracy and helpful detail, and it is clear that he has researched well. He has personally met the country's primary winemakers and has words about each of them and the direction they are taking. He has obviously made several trips over the years to meet the players, a fact borne out by the way he writes.
The book is stylishly written and has helpful photos and maps. It is not written in "Hunglish" as many comparable books are and it is proof-read product.
I guess all books have flaws and there are a couple here : some entries are now dated, there are one or two minor inaccuracies, we seem to go here and there on occasion with irrelevant material (structure issues?) and I was unsure of Copp's need to promote his non-wine favourites.
In short, though, this is a great book which conveys the author's impressive knowledge of the Hungarian wine industry well. (I am slightly more positive than he is, however, in believing that Hungarian wines are world-class, but saddled with the problem of only being supported by Third World marketing efforts, a point he confirms in his book). I am not a wine expert and found this book to be exceptionally instructive, as it would be for most who still only have an imperfect command of Hungarian wines and winemakers. 9/10