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The Art and Science of Wine: The Subtle Artistry and Sophisticated Science of the Winemaker Hardcover – 19 Oct 2006
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Systematically covers all vineyard practices, is well and pertinently illustrated, and not the least bit stuffy or pretentious. A very useful book." Malcolm Gluck, The Guardian
About the Author
James Halliday is a respected wine critic and vigneron with a career in the wine trade that spans over 30 years. Perhaps most widely known outside his homeland for his witty and informative writing about wine, he was one of the founders of Brokenwood Winery in New South Wales, and established Coldstream Hills in Victoria, with his wife, Suzanne. Author of over 45 books, Halliday has written thousands of articles for a number of different newspapers and magazines. He is constantly in demand as a wine judge across the world. Hugh Johnson is acclaimed as the world's favourite wine writer. His rare talent for making the most complex subjects readable, with wit and humour, has led to a remarkable sequence of books. His first book and internationally best-selling Wine was published in 1966, and subsequent titles, including The World Atlas of Wine and Wine Companion (both now in their fifth editions), Story of Wine, and How to Enjoy Your Wine, have established him as one of the subject's foremost writers.
Top customer reviews
To love wine is very much to love a consumable that it so very different from one area (field) to another and yet is essentially the same. In that sense this book managed to rekindle my willingness to explore New World wines - something I had personally stopped bothering with because I felt they were nothing but big bold crass statements of ripeness. I may have been unfair.
For those that sit on the other side of the fence and believe that the Old World wines are nothing but vegetal overpriced hock, then I hope the book will have the same effect.
It is a well written books, with a loose structure that may infuriate the reader at first. I really do recommend sitting down and reading like a novel. None of the details here are new (all can be found in the Cambridge Wine Companion - CWC). What is different here is that unlike the CWC the reader is guided from one subject to another rather than having to randomly find their way through - not that the CWC is anything but a brilliant wine reference bible.
The writing here is a little dry on occasion (and of course there is not enough on the Rhone - there never is), but it is none the less a book that ranks amongst the most well thumbed in my wine library.
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If you are a beginner, this is a good book for you as it gives an overview of the wine making process and the different type of wines available.