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Michael Broadbent's Winetasting (Mitchell Beazley Pocket Guides) [Hardcover]

J.M. Broadbent
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1 Sep 2000 Mitchell Beazley Pocket Guides
Fully updated and revised for the new millennium, Pocket Winetasting features all the latest information on how to taste wine. Michael Broadbent - one of the world's leading wine tasters - opens up the mystifying world of winetasting to inexperienced novices and experts alike. He explains the principles of how to taste and reveals what influences the flavour of wine, including terroir, viticulture and vinification. An illustrated section demonstrates the subtle colour variations found in both red and white wines. - A straightforward, accessible guide to how to taste and appreciate wine. - Explains why various wines look, smell and taste different. - Describes wines by country, grape variety and wine style. - Suggests how to organise a tasting and record notes. - Written by one of the world's most respected winetasters.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 8th Revised edition edition (1 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840003251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840003253
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 9.3 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,765,379 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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Michael Broadbent was former Chairman of Christie's International Wine Department and of The Institute of Masters of Wine. He is also the author of Wine Vintages and has won many awards including L'Ordre National du Morite and the Grand Prix de L'Academie Internationale du Vin. He is a Master of Wine and a member of many wine orders in France.

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5.0 out of 5 stars As important as a glass 27 Sep 2001
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This book concentrates a lifetime of training and wine-tasting experience into a concise, elegant handbook for anyone who appreciates wine - professional or amateur.
This is a timeless book - you won't find much space wasted on vintages or star winemakers - each page concentrates on the characteristics of grapes, the effects of climate and terroir (position and soil type), the influence of vinification, maturation and cellaring.
The author leads you through the wine-tasting experience, analyzing each stage of the process - appearance, aromas, flavours - without a trace of pomposity or arrogance.
A handbook - as important as a glass to anyone who wants to learn about wine - and a classic which belongs in every winelover's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent source of useful information on wine tasting 4 July 2009
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This is a terrific book and a great bargain. He teaches you how to serve and enjoy wine, including the rarely found aspect of judging age of wine, and suggestions on how long to air wines before drinking. There are full color illustrations showing the difference between young, mature, and old wines. The opinions are honestly stated as opinions, not misleadingly given as gospel. One of the most helpful suggestions to me, is to be bold in regard to how long to air your fine wines. There is also information on glasses, storage, and serving wine to help anyone gain more enjoyment from his collection.
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