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4.0 out of 5 stars
Good, well-conceived blind tasting guide., 3 April 2014
As someone who has been blind tasting wine competitively for the past 4 years, I know first-hand how odd of a hobby it can seem to strangers. Perhaps due to this peculiarity, I have also found it incredibly difficult to find any sensible reference materials or guides (admittedly, most of my own knowledge has been expanded via other passionate wine lovers who started blind tasting long before me, and who graciously shared their knowledge with me).
‘The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting’, thankfully, provides a good starting point for what I find is a poorly served market. Although there are other good wine reference and wine tasting books out there (e.g. 'World Atlas of Wine', 'How to Taste', etc.) , in my experience they miss the mark in one way or another. Some are far too elementary in their instructions for how to taste wine (and sometimes entirely gloss over blind tasting), whereas others seem to get bogged down in über-specific regional detail (great for reference purposes, or perhaps for Masters-of-Wine-in-training, but otherwise not so useful for blind tasting in general). This book reaches a happy medium between the two with:
-A meticulous, but logical blind tasting guide,
-Good regional maps that are not overly intricate, but cover major viticultural regions in appropriate detail
-Helpful comparisons between the same grape variety from different regions (thus helping the reader appreciate the subtle differences between different styles of the same wine)
So if you already appreciate wine, and have a decent understanding of grape varieties, regions, etc., then this book is as close to perfect as you will get, and will help you reach the next level as far as blind tasting is concerned. I would say it is most appropriate for those pursuing higher-level WSET courses, or those engaged in some of the more rigorous blind tasting competitions being run throughout Europe these days. But equally, if you just want to understand wines at a slightly higher level for personal reasons, and develop your palate, then this is a very suitable book.