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The Oxford Companion to Wine Hardcover – 1 Nov 1994


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Acclaim for The Oxford Companion to Wine "Jancis Robinson has become the Julia Child of wine."--Newsday"This giant tome is likely to become 'the' standard reference for wine for the whole wide world.... It really does cover it all and in depth. If you were going to have a one book wine library, this would have to be it."--The Wine Trader"Easily the most complete compendium of wine knowledge assembled in modern times."--The New York Times"A required reference for anyone who is serious about wine."--Frank J. Prial, The New York Times"One of the definitive reference books on the subject."--Anthony Dias Blue"I heartily recommend this book as the cornerstone of any wine library and guarantee it will engance your wine appreciation for many years to come."--W.I.N.E. Monitor"This may be the most important book on wine to appear in the past 20 years....The very existence of this book stands as evidence of the significance of wine in our culture....This volume will enhance the usefulness of every other wine book by providing authoritative explanations of the nuts and bolts that others treat only in passing."--The Washington Post

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About the Author: Jancis Robinson writes a regular column on wine for the Wine Spectator, the world's biggest-circulation wine magazine, and The Financial Times. Voted The Wine Writer's Wine Writer by her peers for Britain's Observer and dubbed "Undisputed mistress of the kingdom of wines" by France's Madame Figaro, she is regularly asked to lecture and judge all over the world. The Oxford Companion to Wine is her eighth book.


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ABBOCCATO, Italian for medium sweet (less sweet than AMABILE) or, literally, 'palatable' from bocca or 'mouth'. Read the first page
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Ultimate Wine Book. A must for all winelovers! 21 Nov. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
This complete and encyclopedic reference to all things wine has been written by hundreds of experts. The entries are enjoyable to read and extremely informative. Do you want to know where that obscure appelation is? What is the chemistry of wine as it ages? Almost anything you can think of is here.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A must for beginners and experts 10 Mar. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
This book contains definitions and explanations to virtually every aspect of wine; from basic definitions of common wine verbiage to in-depth explanations of processes, micro-climates, geography, history, etc. It also looks good on your bookshelf.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's BIG, and it's GOOD 12 Feb. 1997
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This huge volume will make your bookshelf sag in the middle, and you'll have a heck of a time reading it in bed. But if you're ready to move on to serious wine appreciation, it's a must-have, a truly magisterial volume that covers the world of wine in a thorough, accurate and readable fashion
27 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Structure of Oxford Guide 31 Mar. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
The Oxford Guide is extraordinary by any measue. It's only flaw, and a major one, is that phoenetic spellings are not given for the wines and some of the vineyards, towns, et al. Even those who speak FLUENT French, Italian, German or whatever, will encounter unfamiliar names with pronunciations that may be a puzzle.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The OED of viticulture ... 22 May 1998
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This behemoth covers "A"bboccato to "Z"infandel (actually Zweigelt) and every facet in between. As multi-layered as a fine wine itself, the OCTW is one reference you will neither tire of nor outgrow.
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