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Michael Broadbent's Wine Tasting (Mitchell Beazley Wine Guides) [Hardcover]

J.M. Broadbent
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18 Sep 2003 Mitchell Beazley Wine Guides
This guide offers detailed explanations on the first principles of tasting, and the influences of grape, variety, soil and climate. The author summarizes regional characteristics and vintages for each country. There are detailed tips on how to organize a tasting, how to take tasting notes and a full glossary of tasting terms. The text also offers practical advice on storing and serving wine.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; Rev Ed edition (18 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840008547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840008548
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 12.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The classic popular guide comprehensively revised and updated for another year, detailing world wines by region, grape varieties and wine styles, with advice on vintages, tasting, storage and serving. First published in 1968, and since translated into eight languages, this is one wine guide that has stayed the course. With the racks of wine books every bit as confusing as the range of product they describe, this is clearly a book that has earned its place on every bookseller's shelves. Includes a new illustrated section on colour variations, a glossary and appendices. An authoritative guide in a convenient format, for all wine lovers from beginners to professionals.

About the Author

Michael Broadbent, one of the world's most experienced winetasters, is a director of Christie's and founder of their internationally renowned wine auction department. He is a former chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and a past president of the International Wine and Food Society. Michael is the recipient of one of France's highest honours, L'Ordre National du Merite and the rarely bestowed gold medal of the City of Paris. His other awards include the Wine Spectator's Distinguished Service Award (1991) and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of Bacchus America (1992), and he was Decanter Man of the Year in 1993. Michael lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Serious Wine Taster Must Own This Book 10 May 2004
One of the few landmark books in the field, to be treasured alongside Amerine and Roessler's "Wines: Their Sensory Evaluation", and Peynaud's "The Taste of Wine". Broadbent's much-revised and -reprinted classic combines a hypersensitive palate, immense vocabulary, irrepressible wit with an encyclopaedic memory. A perfect amalagam from this well-seasoned British wine writer, judge, auctioneer and claret connoisseur. The only flaw is not of Broadbent's doing; rather, it is the incredibly stingy publisher, Mitchell Beazley, who produced this book in 1-point "Versailles", a beautiful typeface rendered nearly unreadable without benefit of a magnifying glass. Broadbent deserves much better than this slap across the eyeballs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful handbook 4 May 2014
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I will treasure this book probably for the rest of my life. It's not new to me. I had a copy years ago, I think in the 1980s when I first started to take notice of the wine I was drinking and wondered how best to find out how to choose the wine I enjoyed and attempt to describe it. Several house moves later, during which my books were put into storage, where some succumbed to damp and rot, including Mr Broadbent's guide, I was delighted to find it was still available. I refer to it constantly, before I go to a tasting and afterwards when I review my notes. It is simply indispensable and a joy to read. It is unpretentious, practical and full of useful tips for the would be wine connoisseur. It is a lasting treasure. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource from an expert 5 Jan 2013
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Precise, direct and valuable this small book is rich in details about wine tasting from an expert in the field of wine appreciation.
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