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Understanding Wine Technology: The Science of Wine Explained [Paperback]

David Bird
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1 July 2005
Explains the technology behind wine production in simple, non-scientific language.

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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: DBQA Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953580210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953580217
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Bird started his working life as an analytical chemist, working for Colmans of Norwich analysing mustard, soft drinks and baby food. He was promoted to Quality Control Manager of their new wine department in 1973, which sparked a huge interest in wine leading to the achievement of Master of Wine with the Tim Derouet Award in 1981. He also became a Chartered Chemist in the same year. He was head-hunted for the position of Quality Assurance Manager for Stowells of Chelsea in 1984, working at their centre of bag-in-box production at Worksop in Nottinghamshire. In 1994 he set up his own consultancy business providing a service of quality management to ISO9001 and wine production audits around Europe. "Understanding Wine Technology" was first published in 2000.


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This is a book worth every penny and I cannot recommend it too highly. -- E R Adlard, Chromatographia

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The first edition, published in 2000, ran to three print runs and the time was right for a new edition, which brings the information right up-to-date and incorporates the latest developments in the constantly changing world of winemaking.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Distinction 25 Feb 2008
If you are studying for your WSET Diploma this is the book that will get you a distinction. Well written and engaging it demystifies a somewhat dry subject (forgive the pun).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Wine Technology 18 May 2009
This is a brilliant book for everyone wanting to discover the procsess
of wine making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and informative 3 Nov 2013
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Not for the casual reader but if you are serious about understanding the process of winemaking then this book will take you through the various stages.Covers everything from growing the grapes to drinking the end product with detailed explanations of the chemistry and technology involved getting from one to the other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winemaking for non-Winemakers 24 Nov 2007
By Christopher Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
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Contrary to popular belief, this is not a winemaking textbook, rather it is a great look into the process of winemaking as it would pertain to a wine industry employee or wine expert. Anyone seriously trying to make wine should either view 'From Vines to Wines' by Jeff Cox (for home winemakers) or attend UC Davis (for large scale winemakers).

As a Master of Wine student, I have found this to be a great addition to my wine library. Paired with the Oxford Wine Companion and Halliday's 'The Art and Science of Wine' this makes for a solid read.

Pros: beautiful diagrams, great writing, wonderful knowledge
Cons: some topics lack depth, paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wine Technology Made Simple 10 Jan 2007
By John Eno - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very clear and straightforward description of the winemaking process and the choices winemakers have to make when buying equipment and choosing among alternative process. Anyone who wants to delve into how wine goes from grapes to wine will find this book a valuable read and will clearly understand all the various and many choices winemakers have to make. In addition to interested observers it will also be found useful by the home winemaker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to wine production for the beginner. 28 Feb 2008
By J. Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a great introduction to wine science for the non-scientist. It is well written and thorough. While it's not a book for someone who's looking for information on how to troubleshoot problems in the winery or find answers to exactly what kind of equipment would be best for their unique situation, it does explain many different types of equipment, wine-making techniques, and the science behind the process. It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in working in or starting up a winery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great basic introductory book 12 Nov 2007
By J. Kimble - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent book, covers a very good breadth of topics including many that my other books don't cover. Not extremely in-depth, but it covers the topic completely. I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wine science for non-winemakers 3 Sep 2007
By John Miller - Published on Amazon.com
I am a wine professional (non-winemaker) who wanted to understand better the science behind making wine in preparation for the WSET Diploma and possibly MW. This book was perfect! As others have said, it is approachable by a non-scientist, but without being "dumbed-down". I keep it as a reference source for any basic oenology questions that come along.
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