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The World Encyclopedia of Wine [Hardcover]

Stuart Walton

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15 Nov 2011 World Encyclopedia of...
This title takes us on a definitive tour through the world of wine, with over 500 photographs, maps and wine labels. This is a globetrotting journey through the world's wine regions, from Bordeaux to Rioja, from the Lebanon to California, and from South Africa's Cape to Australia's Barossa Valley, including notes on the top vintages to look for. It focuses on 12 major grape varieties from Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to Gewurztraminer and Gamay, discussing their aromas, flavours and typical characteristics. It explores the principles of tasting wine - identifying dryness, sweetness, acidity, tannin, oak and fruit - plus how to create your own collection in a cellar, a guide to corkscrews and glasses, how to let wine breathe, and which foods go best with which wines. This is a fully revised and updated edition of a classic reference, with over 460 wine and grape photographs, wine labels and hand-painted maps. Written for those who simply enjoy drinking wine and for connoisseurs looking for a deeper knowledge of a fascinating subject, this book is a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible guide that will provide readers with the confidence and enthusiasm to explore in depth for themselves. Country by country, and region by region, the book journeys around the world to drop in on familiar and lesser-known producers, and studies the world's 12 major grape varieties, describing their aromas and flavours. It is a fully updated major reference on the fascinating world of wines and winemaking.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books; Revised edition edition (15 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754824403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754824404
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 23 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 913,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been writing about wine, other drinks and restaurants since the beginning of the 1990s. In the past decade, my work has included a widely acclaimed cultural history of intoxication, Out Of It (Penguin) and the multi-disciplinary Humanity: An Emotional History (Atlantic, published in the United States as A Natural History of Human Emotions). My work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Korean. I write for the Guardian Books site, as well as a number of specialist drink publications and websites, and I review books for World of Fine Wine magazine.

In 2010, after 16 years of living in Brighton, I headed southwest and am now in beautiful Torbay.

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"Quite a rare find, in having the qualities of being both an entertaining read and a decent reference for wine enthusiasts, all explained in friendly layman's terms." (Wine & Spirit Magazine)" --Wine & Spirit Magazine

About the Author

Stuart Walton has been writing about alcoholic drinks since the early 1990s. A prolific writer and commentator on wines and spirits, he is a contributor to World of Fine Wine and Decanter magazines, and the website www.wine-pages.com. He is also the author of The Complete Guide to Cocktails and Drinks and co-author of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Wine, Beer and Spirits (both Lorenz Books).

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4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive, well-written and entertaining 21 Sep 1999
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Sturat Walton's expertise both as a journalist and wine conoisseur shows in thei beautifully produced tour around the world of wine. Each country, and each grape type, is discussed in some depth, with suggestions for tasting and travel. It makes a great gift for someone interested in wine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly thorough book 22 Feb 2005
By Molly in Boston - Published on Amazon.com
Encyclopedia is the right word for the title of this book, which delves into almost every aspect of wine. Walton first tells you about wine tasting, wine storage and how to find the right wine for your meal, then tells you about grape varieties and the areas of the world where wine is produced. This book is well illustrated, with pictures of the grape varieties themselves, different vineyards/countries and wine labels. I also like Walton's writing style: you can tell that he really knows wine and that it is a real passion for him. On occasion, he refers to the different grape varieties as though they are people!

This is a terrifically comprehensive book, and if you already have a working knowledge of wine this book is a great addition. However, if you don't know anything about wine before buying this book, you might find yourself a bit intimidated/overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant choice 23 April 2013
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
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Arrived in perfect condition. Great source of information. Very detailed for wines from around the world. I am happy with my choice
3.0 out of 5 stars Wine Encyclopedia 30 July 2012
By Gordon Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was purchased as an addition to my reference library. Provides a basic descrption of the wine market. Many examples but by no means all inclusive. Arrived as described.
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