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The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting
The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting
by Neel Burton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate textbook of wine, 18 Mar. 2014
I work in wine sales and was given this book to brush up my wine knowledge. Unlike other wine books, this one spares you the fluff and glossy pictures, covering a great deal of ground without ever throwing away so much as a single sentence. It doesn’t just tell you all about wine, but also teaches you the skills to taste, analyse, and evaluate it. Comprehensive tasting notes of the major styles linked to detailed descriptions of terroir (history, climate, soil etc.) provided me with a clear notion of the subtle differences between e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra and Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, and of the factors that underlie those differences. The technical precision is often very impressive, with the authors telling you not only what e.g. Albarino should taste like, but also that it is often confused with Riesling, Pinot Gris, Viognier, or Gruner Veltliner, and how it can be distinguished from these other grape varieties. Other than the tasting notes (which are also gathered in a handy appendix), useful features include a blind tasting guide, detailed maps of every major wine region, and a glossary index of key terms and concepts. This book is not so much a book on wine as a textbook of wine, and yet it remains accessible to a relative beginner such as myself. I'll certainly be returning to it when it comes to sitting exams


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