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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2010
Wines are normally described based on the location, wine yard or country of origin. Oz Clarke had however the brilliant idea to describe wines based on the grape(s) used. Information is given on each grape used for making of wine. For the most important grapes, further details are given such as history and geographic locations, viticulture and vinification, taste and a limited number of recommended producers and wines. Since the world of wine is constantly changing, this book is regularly updated, the latest revision is from 2008. It gives a very original, unique and informative look on the available wines around the world, therefore highly recommended for all wine lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2011
We are very lucky that the product 'Wine' is very closely related to the 'Vine' or Cepage as the French call it and to an important extent the 'Terroir'. Very few products have such a close relationship that we can taste and is visible.
Oz Clarke's book `Grapes and Wines: A comprehensive Guide to Varieties and Flavours', brings out the importance of knowing and appreciating the `story' of the different cepages and their occurrence in the various regions and continents. Carmenere, from Chilé, was considered to be Merlot, but later was found that Carmenere originated from Bordeaux, flourishes in Chilé but has disappeared from Bordeaux. And to our understanding, it is not found anywhere else with a Bordeaux climate.
The book is a delight to read and is also an easy reference book. Internet can provide good information and must not be excluded,but is not as comprehensive as this book.
I am following a three-year oenology course in Brussels, and find Oz Clarke's book very helpful to complement the lectures, wine tasting and field trips. There are far more vines than the `usual suspects' Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, ... or Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Semillion, in lesser volumes but not lesser taste, for lack of a better word.
Knowing something of a wine's cepage, helps in appreciating the wine much more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Imagine you have an interest in wine. You want detail on a wine grape. Use this book as a dictionary, you could find everything you wanted to know about grape varieties but where afraid to ask !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not your usual wine guide. This is specifically about grapes, terroir and wine styles. Invaluable and great value for money. Well written and illustrated
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on 1 July 2014
Great book! It covers almost all known grape varities in the world. Don't think there is any other book similar on the market. I constantly use this book as a refrence.
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on 18 December 2012
I bought this book for my son as he appreciates good wine and this would give him a great insight into grape varieties and what wines they produce.
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on 8 September 2014
Excellent.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2013
it is a former librabry book and I didn't expect this. Although the condition of the book is okay, I preferred a book without library lables. It was my fault though because it was written in the description that it was a library book and I failed to notice!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2013
An interesting idea to classify the book by grape varieties. It's informative, covers a huge range of wines and is written in a readable style. I got a lot of credit for choosing it as a present, too.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2010
A brilliant book on grpaes and wines, written by someone who really knows his stuff - Oz Clarke, a Philosopher and Psychologist no less.
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