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The Art and Science of Wine Paperback – 12 Sep 1994

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; New edition edition (12 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857324226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857324228
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 1.6 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Systematically covers all vineyard practices, is well and pertinently illustrated, and not the least bit stuffy or pretentious. A very useful book." Malcolm Gluck, The Guardian" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, his Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. His winning formula of insight, critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus valuable vintage news and wine recommendations has been often-imitated but never bettered. With the publication of his first book, Wine, Johnson established himself at the age of twenty-seven as the most refreshing and authoritative voice on the subject. During the past four decades he has written books that have become landmarks on the subject, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, and The Story of Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in Essex.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent overview of the Art and Science of Wine. It is much more a text book than a book to read for enjoyment. Having owned it for over 2 years I still find the requirement to refer to it when lecturing
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2003
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If the reader is looking for a book that provides detail on the techniques, climate challenges and the resulting styles of wine then I can only say that this is the one. The technical detail is aimed at the layman and provides some wonderful relatively unbiased views of the techniques used throughout the world.
To love wine is very much to love a consumable that it so very different from one area (field) to another and yet is essentially the same. In that sense this book managed to rekindle my willingness to explore New World wines - something I had personally stopped bothering with because I felt they were nothing but big bold crass statements of ripeness. I may have been unfair.
For those that sit on the other side of the fence and believe that the Old World wines are nothing but vegetal overpriced hock, then I hope the book will have the same effect.
It is a well written books, with a loose structure that may infuriate the reader at first. I really do recommend sitting down and reading like a novel. None of the details here are new (all can be found in the Cambridge Wine Companion - CWC). What is different here is that unlike the CWC the reader is guided from one subject to another rather than having to randomly find their way through - not that the CWC is anything but a brilliant wine reference bible.
The writing here is a little dry on occasion (and of course there is not enough on the Rhone - there never is), but it is none the less a book that ranks amongst the most well thumbed in my wine library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Should be a standard for any serious wine lover 1 Sept. 2009
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Two industry heavyweights spell out how great wine is made, keying on the critical decisions - and their ramifications - made at every step. The specific how's and why's of grape growing: fertilizing, canopy management, crop thinning, soil types, climate differences, etc., and then on to winemaking: sulfur additions, cold soaking, fermentation vessels and temperatures, extended maceration, aging, racking, filtering, etc., right up to and including bottling, and how each decision affects the final product. The differences in growing/making light vs. full bodied whites, reds, sparklers and dessert wines. Excellent sections on the use of oak, wine faults and more. Good stuff. Read it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, a steal 12 Mar. 2008
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This is a beautiful, steal of a book (some independent sellers are offering <30% of the price Barnes and Noble wanted when I originally bought it the first time!). If you're like me and really want to know the intricacies of wine production (not just tasting notes, etc.--which this book also contains), this is a handy and educating book to have. Yes, it is paperback, but the front cover is a thick, glossy card stock and the pages inside are glossy as well. Nice for a coffee table or a bookshelf, but even better for your brain!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent definitive book on the process of wine making 18 Nov. 2010
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One of the best books I know that easily explains the wheres, whys and hows of winemaking. As a tasting room manager, I often use and show this books explanations on the various facets of wine generation process. I highly recommend this book to all novice and industry professional.
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this is a good book for you as it gives an overview of ... 14 Nov. 2014
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If you are a wine enthusiast, this book does not have new interesting information. There are some interesting pictures and comments but the book never gets into many details.
If you are a beginner, this is a good book for you as it gives an overview of the wine making process and the different type of wines available.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great book 12 Jun. 2013
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This book is recommended for studying for the sommelier exam by several threads online. Standard textbook-ish format, good margins for taking notes, great large pictures throughout and a very readable writing style.
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