23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2002
Over the years I have built up a sizeable collection of wine books, but these days most wine books more than a few years old are a waste of shelf space. 20 years, or even for some people, 5 years ago, there was no conception of the extent of the world's new wine areas and the new grapes or blends from which wine is being made today.
You're standing in Majestic or Tesco or whatever. What is Aglianico? Or Tannat? Garnatxa sounds familiar, and is, since it's the Grenache. Here's a wine made from a Malvasia Nera+Negro Amaro blend; come again? This book is clear, concise and brilliant for diving into - after half hour flipping through the pages you'll forget why you took it down from the shelf in the first place. Mind you, if, like me, you buy wine from all over the place, when the mood strikes you, you'll probably want to keep it in the car, not on the shelf!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2001
I've just been given a copy of this for my birthday and I want to recommend it to everyone - even if, like me, you don't consider yourself a real wine buff. I am amazed by the sheer number of different grape varieties - most of which I've never heard of. This book will definitely encourage me to be more adventurous in my wine drinking. I particularly like the consumer information which lists best producers and recommended wines to try.