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A vital wine buying companion,
This review is from: Grapes and Wines: An Encyclopedia of Grape Varieties (Hardcover)
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!