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5.0 out of 5 stars An amateur's view, 24 May 2003
This review is from: Wine Tasting (Teach Yourself) (Paperback)
This book deserves to become a classic in its genre, and should be standard in the increasing number of wine tasting classes all over the English-speaking world. It's ideal for the beginner,at leats for me, it explains all the basics and destroys a few myths about how to treat your wine. There are checklists for winetasters and a reading list for further study.
The book is built up round 10 "lessons" each looking at one category of wine, 9 of them table wines, for example one on oak-influenced white wines. You can pick up a good deal of information about the characteristics of wines here, but there are sections describing the most basic ones in the first chapter.
The book has some good coloured photos, many just of the fruit types represented in the nose or palate of wines. But why only fruit, not pepper-corns and soap? For me the main lack is a colour chart, because describing colours like ruby and tawny with words is a non-starter. The index is quite good but I'd also like a separate index of wine characteristics other than colour, what is complex in the characteristic "complexity", and what is "balanced tannins", for example.
All in all this book is super value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 25 Jun 2013
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Good easy to follow guide which clearly covers all of the basics! A great reference guide and recommend to anyone interested in wine.
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