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Manzanilla [Hardcover]

Christopher Fielden
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30 Jun 2010
Manzanilla is a variety of fino sherry made around the port of Sanlucar de Barrameda, Andalusia, Spain. This is the first book to cast the spotlight on what has been a much ignored sherry but which is now finding admirers all around the world. It is based on research in the archives of the, recently deceased, Duchess of Medina Sidonia and visits to the bodegas of all the leading producers. Tasting notes are also provided. Christopher Fielden started in the wine trade, in the late fifties, with the agency in the North of England for Gonzalez Byass sherries. He has been involved in the dinks trade for more than half a century and can claim to be the first to have imported wines from Albania and Uruguay into Britain and the first to have sold Irish whiskey in Tahiti, Paraguay and Sierra Leone. His travels have taken him to more than one hundred countries. On the British market, he launched such diverse wines as Jacob's Creek, Sutter Home, Marques de Caceres and Felton Road. He is passionately interested in trade education and is the longest-standing lecturer for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. He is currently the wine columnist for "The Church Times", had a column in "Decanter" for more than ten years, and has written for "The Wine Spectator", "Wine", "Wine & Spirit", "Good Housekeeping" etc., as well as journals in Holland, France and Austria. His previous books include "A Traveller's Wine Guide to France", "Is this the Wine you Ordered, Sir?", and "The Wines of Argentina, Chile and Latin America". He now spends his time as a rural clergy spouse, meddling in village affairs and playing the occasional game of cricket.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street (30 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906502633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906502638
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.9 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher Fielden has spent more than fifty years in the wine trade and, either selling, or seeking, wines has visited more than one hundred countries. Amongst his more exciting moments are being expelled from gabon, arriving in French Guiana by dug-out canoe and having his appendix removed in Sudan.
Amongst the wines that he has introduced on the British market are Jacob's Creek and D'Arenberg from Australia,, Marques de Caceres and Julian Chivite, from Spain, Graham Beck from South Africa and Felton Road from New Zealand.
He has written fifteen books and these have appeared inn a broad variety of languages.
He now lives in rural Wiltshire and spends his time walking the dog and playing the occasional game of social cricket as a specialist number eleven batsman.

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Manzanilla is impressive in its objectivity, meticulous research, and breadth. Its warmth and enthusiasm for a wine that is all too often simply regarded as a type of sherry rather than its own distinct category is long overdue. Recommended. --Wayward Tendrils Quarterly


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3.0 out of 5 stars Half the Story 13 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
I looked forward to reading this book because a Sherry book written in the English language is not common, I love sherry, including manzanilla, and I spent a week in Sanlucar earlier this year. The book is not large, being in A5 format, approx 145p, large font and wide margins. For a history of manzanilla, the bodegas and their owners the book does well. There it stops unfortunately. The book lacks any graphics whatsoever. A map showing the locations of vineyards mentioned in the book would be helpful, as would a few photos of Sanlucar, and inside several of the bodegas. Little mention is made as to how manzanilla is made - for example details on blending as the wine is moved from one criadera to another and from the solera to the bottle, the layout of the criadera (eg Barbadillo's criadera occupies a number of buildings throughout the town and I understand some of the wine may be tankered from one criadera level to another) etc. So, I enjoyed what I read but the book could have been so more informative - especially given the lack of English literature on the subject at the moment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only Half the Story 25 Oct 2011
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I looked forward to reading this book because a Sherry book written in the English language is not common, I love sherry, including manzanilla, and I spent a week in Sanlucar earlier this year. The book is not large, being in A5 format, approx 145p, large font and wide margins. For a history of manzanilla, the bodegas and their owners the book does well. There it stops unfortunately. The book lacks any graphics whatsoever. A map showing the locations of vineyards mentioned in the book would be helpful, as would a few photos of Sanlucar, and inside several of the bodegas. Very little mention is made as to how manzanilla is made - for example details on blending as the wine is moved from one criadera to another and from the solera to the bottle, the layout of the criadera (eg Barbadillo's criadera occupies a number of buildings throughout the town and I understand some of the wine may be tankered from one criadera level to another) etc. So, I enjoyed what I read but the book could have been so more informative - especially given the lack of English literature on the subject at the moment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read. 15 Sep 2013
By Fries - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great History on Sanlucar, which is about half the book. The other half on the history and current doings of EVERY Bodega in Sanlucar or of any importance to Manzanilla. Great read, finishes quickly.
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