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The Wild Bunch : Great Wines From Small Producers Paperback – 3 Nov 1997


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (3 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057119043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571190430
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

An Argumentative Wine Book
In The Wild Bunch I was looking for a fight. Too often, wine writers seemed to me to steer people towards the kinds of wines that make easy money for supermarkets rather than what I felt were 'real wines' -- handmade rather than industrially produced, free of additives and technical manipulation and with enough concentration to age. Such wines are available if you look for them and they're often surprisingly cheap. Of course it's the wine writers who get called on to review wine books, and I might have expected to be critically pummeled. Instead the experience was of being killed with kindness, and The Wild Bunch actually won the top award of 1998, the Glenfiddich drink book of the year. Generously, they were actually glad to see a colleague being allowed some freedom from the usual wine book formats, and they rather warmed to the book's enthusiasm for the quixotic obsessives who make wine because of passion for an (often) obscure region rather than because it seems financially prudent.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2000
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This is an interesting read especially for those of us concerned to ensure that the advance of "industrial" wine producers and multinational corporations does not swamp and overwhelm the skills, individuality and commitment of that keen band of winemakers who are passionate about the produce of their vineyards and who want to retain wines which do not fall into easy classifications, nor necessarily "easy" or unchallenging drinking.
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I read a lot of books about wine and this author/book was referred to in one I was reading. So I looked for it and discovered it was out of print and I bought an ex library copy through Amazon. The author sets out to answer several very relevant questions about wine; eg does wine taste of place or grape or about the method of the winemaking? Why does some wine taste better than others? Do small producers make better wines than large ones? These questions may look simple, but as wine lovers know they are not.

I particularly liked how the author approached the issues with an open mind. The discussions in this book are similar to those encountered in another book which I read at the same time (The Battle for Wine and Love by Alice Feiring) but I preferred Patrick Matthews much more objective style.

I admit that anyone who reads or re-reads this sort of book needs to be a real wine freak to enjoy it. But there are many of us about I suspect and this book is surely something we should have on the shelf to help us make and enjoy a good cellar.
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