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Let Me Tell You About Wine [Hardcover]

Oz Clarke
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3 Oct 2013
You don't need to know all about wine regions or how wine is made to choose wine with confidence. If you like the sound of intense, blackcurranty reds or aromatic whites, this book will tell you how to find these flavors in the wines you buy, regardless of whether the wine is labeled by grape variety or by country. Drinking wine is all about enjoyment. Oz explains how to get maximum enjoyment out of every bottle you buy, from dealing with broken corks, to learning basic tasting techniques, spotting faulty wine, and matching food and wine, whether at home or in a restaurant. In Oz's down-to-earth guide to all the world's major wine regions you'll find everything you need to know to navigate your way round a wine shop or wine website. Oz explores grape varieties, flavors and styles, giving equal consideration to classic wine regions - such as Bordeaux and Chianti - and the newer wine-producing countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Argentina. Do vintages matter? Are the wines good value for money? Oz tells you everything you really need to know. Gradually building your knowledge with expert tips, information boxes and wines to try, this is a complete guide for the beginner wine enthusiast.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058651
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Known throughout the world for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm for life in general and wine in particular, Oz Clarke is Britain's most popular wine writer. He is the author of a collection of bestselling wine books - and his BBC television and radio broadcasts keep audiences spellbound and entertained.

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About the Author

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


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3.0 out of 5 stars Markedly "Oz" but still a useful starter's book 13 May 2011
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Before I start, I should make it known that I find Oz Clarke a very engaging and entertaining character with whom to run through the minefield of oenology. His TV show with James May was utterly fantastic, his frustrations at May's philistine nature showing through time-and-time again. On paper, however, his personality isn't so infectious and it instead left a rather lip-smacking, tannin-rich after taste having read this book.

I am an absolute novice when it comes to all things grape. That's why I plumped for this book - with many of the recommendations pitching it at just my level - and parts of it are certainly very useful in developing one's knowledge of wine. However it did at times feel as though you were being led on Oz's wine tour in which he goes into detail about the wines to which he is partial and always providing subjective insights into the wines, regions and grapes. There are useful guides, yes, but there is also a lot of wit and diatribe which, for me, took away from the guidebook essence of this volume.

I wouldn't urge anyway to shy away from this book as it is an accessible start-up but I would almost certainly recommend you supplement it with a more hardy and objective tome like the Oxford Companion to Wine if you are truly to become the cultured student of oenology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The easy way to becoming a 'wine ponce'! 18 Aug 2010
By Paulo
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For anyone who enjoys a glass of red, white, rose or even 'bubbly' but is keen to know more about what they're actually drinking, Oz's book is a must read - particularly at the price charged by Amazon. Written in Oz's unique style you can always sense his passion for all things wine - well most of them - but it is also full of 'wine facts', which will both please a certain Mr James May and make your trip around the local supermarket's wine section all the more enjoyable. However be prepared to spend time - and I mean alot more time - mulling over the various labels in order to search out a particular grape variety, region of France or even vineyward which appears to happen when you're on the road to becoming a 'wine ponce'. Cheers Oz!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
As usual I received this book for the purposes of review; this time from NetGalley. Also as usual I will give my candid opinions below.

Usually what I would do next is give the positives and negatives of the book. In this case it's difficult to be sure since everything I say can either be interpreted as positive or negative. Therefore, I resort to bulletpoints.

* This one is most assuredly positive. The book is just filled with all manner of photos, maps, diagrams and every other imaginable visual aid.

* The book is meticulously detailed. This is no beginner's guide; I've seen textbooks in Organic Chemistry that contained less information. For each wine you get enough information that you could practically grow the grapes yourself.

* In addition to the depth of knowledge, the book's scope is amazingly broad. It tells you not only how to choose a wine but where it was grown, what weather conditions it prefers and all the way to how to get the cork out.

In summary, you really only need one book on wine and this is that book. If there's something about wine that's not in this book then you don't need to know it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peels away the snootiness of sniffers 15 April 2012
By E Chaim
Format:Hardcover
A good first wine book for those who would rather not be intimidated by wine snobs. Clarke writes like his TV persona and makes the grape accessible. Given this by a family friend who came with us on a sipping trip through Languedoc Roussillon not long ago. Meant that all members of the party could ask intelligent questions and it was a bit of a confidence boost even for those of us who are used to tasting wines in the vineyard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book 2 Jan 2011
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I found this to be a very useful source to feed my initial interest in wines. It's rather comprehensive book covering general 'consumer' information such as types of grapes, wine making, tasting, finding the right glasses, understanding wine labels, ordering wine in restaurant, selecting wine for food (or vice versa), etc The second part of the book is very descriptive guide to world wines covering famous as well as more obscure producing countries. Its written very well and helps one to like wine rather than be discouraged by all the pomp and industry around it. One of the immediate effects of the book is that I can find exaqctly the type of wine I need in shops and enjoy these better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference book for beginners 18 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover
A great beginners guide to wine, written in Oz Clarke's typically clear and honest style. The text is easy to understand and concise. This is a useful reference book which also contains great pictures.

Recommended for people who like wine but want to know more about it.

I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oz makes things simple 18 Aug 2013
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There is so much pretension around wine so Oz's approach is much better. Strips away all the rubbish and explains very simply what to look for. This is by far my favourite wine book. Most other books talk about recommended wines that most people are never going to remember let alone come across. This is better by focusing on taste and the basics of wine making. Especially good is the flavour wheel to show what to look for in a grape and guide that shows you what food goes with that grape.
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