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1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die Paperback – 1 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; 01 edition (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844037037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844037032
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.7 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With "1001 Wines," you'll learn about, and hope for, a taste of some of the world's most sought-after wines." "San Francisco Chronicle""But this massive tome goes way beyond the vapid approach of so many such works, with tasty tidbits and inside information on a masterfully chosen list." "The Star Tribune""The list is not of the greatest wines or of authors' favorites; instead, it includes intriguing, historical, and influential wines. All of them can be purchased, although some are rare and expensive." "Library Journal"

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Insightful, informative and entertaining, written by a team of wine connoisseurs and experts. Can be referred to and used as well as read purely for pleasure and interest. Updated for 2011, this new edition features evocative tasting notes, information on brand, grape variety, cost, availability and other successful vintages and wines from the featured producers. Includes beautiful photography and detailed information about the history of the wineries and winemakers to truly bring each wine to life.

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I got this book to my hubby for Christmas. He worked in hospitality at the time and was very interested in different wines. He liked the book, it's huge and really heavy! But he is not much of a reader and the book provides a lot of details and small text. So it's really suitable for someone who wants to know ALL about 1001 wines. I was actually hoping for less text, but more key facts / pictures / etc.
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Bought as Christmas gift for a friend who found it very informative. He is very knowledgable about wines and likes to try new ones from around the world. He said he didn't realise there were so many he had yet to sample!
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A good size of book, although quite heavy to hold. Fabulous pictures, especially as the recipient had been to the very spot in some photos! Nice to see some of the bottle shapes and an excellent idea to have one page per wine. Plenty of interesting facts and background stories. Don't usually buy "...Before You Die" titles, however this book makes up for it by being attractive and informative.
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If I try one a week I am in with a fighting chance! Buy this if you are still young, or if you are as old as me, start drinking heavily!
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The vintages showcased in this bulky guide will cost you a great deal of money to acquire and are not the kind of bottles found in supermarket or warehouse outlets, many requiring the services of an expert to track them down. That's fine, but the book is presented in a cheerful, down-to-earth, almost tabloid style that means it's more a Christmas or birthday present for the general tippler who picks up their bottles in a humbler outlet than, say, a pukka St James's merchant. For sure, 'serious' connoisseurs simply won't countenance this volume for its appearance, style, and basic level of analysis, but if you want a 960-page slab of print illustrated with high-quality photographs of vineyards and labels, then it is a must. However, when you see a bottle of Bruno Giacosa Asili di Barbaresco 2001 next to a panorama of picturesque Piedmont you suddenly realise that the industrially produced Aussie Shiraz in your kitchen wine rack does have its limitations. Cheers.
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Deeply irritating book.

1) The vast majority of the wines are exceedingly expensive (over 500 wines cost £100 upwards) and/ or just about impossible to find - so how the hell can I try them?
2) Again, the majority of the wines in this book are either classed Bordeaux, top Burgundy, or Champagne - this 'usual suspects' bias is ridiculous because THERE ARE other excellent wine producing areas in the world. The Authors are blinkered, so for instance there is just ONE wine from Tasmania, and 2 from Canada (both Icewines and ignoring the superb pinot noir of the region) - compared to the hundreds of wines listed from France.
3) The book categories the wines as sparkling / red / white / fortified... and then its in alphabetical order! this makes it impossible to search for maybe a 'Bordeaux type red but better priced' - all you can do is search by name (which is useless because you DON'T KNOW the name of the wine you haven't tried yet.

In conclusion its a book full of wines I cant afford & the usual guff about Krug, Margaux, Romanee Conti etc. There ARE a few interesting wines from elsewhere, but you have to literally read the book front to back to find them.
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Great buy! Very interesting, with wines from all around the world.
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A great book which I refer to often for new wines to try as well as to buy for the wine tasting events that I hold for friends . I like the bottle label pictures too as I am often tempted by those as much as the description of the wine .
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