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Vino: Great Wine for Everyday Life [Hardcover]

Hamish Anderson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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2 Oct 2003
How many times have you drunk a wine, commented on how delicious it is, and simply never been able to find anything like it again? Appealing to both novice and wine expert alike, Vino will encourage you to get the most out of wine, however it features in your lifestyle. Bottle left over from the party? Vino suggests a food match. Whipping up a feast for your friends? Vino recommends suitable bottles. Puzzled by Primitivo? Vino explains the grape's characteristics and those of similar wines. Vino will help you to identify what makes wine enjoyable and assist you in making new and interesting selections, as it takes you on a journey of exploration deep into the heart of the wine world. With its ingenious comparisons of global wine styles and their relationships with food, Vino is the most invaluable wine book to appear in the last two decades. (2002-11-08)

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Century (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844131874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844131877
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 707,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There was a time when winemanship was considered the preserve of a privileged few, thankfully not any more. Hamish Anderson's Vino: Great Wine for Everyday Life is further proof of the way that a taste for good wine has become an important part of many people's lives; Anderson (the award-winning wine buyer for Tate Britain and Tate Modern) has provided a handsome and accessible guide to finding the perfect wine.

Anderson performs an interesting balancing act here, managing to address both the wine novice and the cognoscenti--never seeming too forbidding for the former and always challenging the preconceptions of the latter. Vino has several components: if you're uncertain as to what wine to use for different social occasions, the amiable Anderson is at hand with the perfect suggestion. And if you find yourself with wine left over from a party, he can come up with the most appropriate food. The sections here on identifying the best wines (and the wine lovers' individual responses to them) are among the most useful, taking in all current aspects of wine scholarship, from global wine styles to regions and recipes to complement the best vintages. The prose is always direct and unfussy, but Anderson vividly conjures up the experience the different wines offer.

Of course, books such as this offer an opportunity for pleasurable mental travel and the various regions discussed in the book are evoked with particular skill. So whether you turn first to the extensive glossary or the rather tempting sections on food, this is a book that many a wine lover will be adding to their shelves. --Barry Forshaw


"A pleasure to read. Unstuffy and humorous, it debunks myths and avoids pretentious language." -- Sunday Telegraph

'An intelligent, well designed book for those who want to increase their knowledge of the complex subject of modern wine'. -- Rose Gray, The River Cafe

'At last, a simple and accessible guide which makes the massive world of wine seem smaller and more approachable.' -- Jamie Oliver

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! 15 Nov 2003
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This is the most practical and informative book on wine I've seen in ages. The first reviewer doesn't seem to understand that this is a reference book, not a wine course, and its strength is that you can dip in and out of it without having to read the whole book for it to make sense. It's easy to understand, unpretentiously written and the wine with food section is a revelation!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last 5 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Fantastic, refreshing, untechnical and unpatronising approach to the normally scary world of wine. Great for all levels, even those who just know they like the stuff and not more. Liked the link with food - really practical and relevant and the recipies actually work - not just there for show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well presented, broad but lacks specifics 2 Jan 2004
I am far from a wine aficionado, so this well designed book served as a good introduction. I don't think I will ever be a wine buff, what I wanted was to be able to find wines that I would like.
The book assumes no real knowledge of wine and gives plenty of explanation of the various sometimes cryptic information contained on (especially old-world) labels.
One thing I particularly like about the book is how it stresses how the way to think about different wines from the same region will vary depending on the nature of the producers of that area.
Another great wine book is Sothebys Wine Encyclopedia and the detail on individual wines is the only area where Vino is lacking. But this is reasonable given the nature of the book.
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