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The Best Cellar Paperback – 1 Oct 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Bonus Books Inc (1 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566252423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566252423
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,431,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Though I'm sure the author is a competent cellar consultant for those with no time and unlimited money, this book is largely useless with large sections bordering on the patronising.

Additionally, it is another example of a totally US centric view of the wine world that seems to be little resemblance to anything I'm seen in the UK or Europe.

Don't bother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not bad. A big chunk of the book are just ... 24 Jan. 2015
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It's not bad. A big chunk of the book are just stories that Jeff Smith has about his clients. Not a ton of useful information but it's not bad.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How To Be A Wine Snob in 152 Pages 9 Jan. 2015
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If you are looking for information on how to build or maintain a wine cellar, this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a book on how to be a wine snob... written by THE wine snob, this may be your book! The part on building a spreadsheet has some merit.. but some of the following quotes from the book will give you an idea of the contents...
"The only bottles I ever get are either great bottles meant to impress or those brought by wine-challenged people who have absolutely no idea: B. V. Coastal. ........ I put them in the closet marked "cooking wine" (page 7)
He calls the wine column of the Wall Street Journal by Gaiter and Brecher "two nincompoops" (page 31). I happen to like their advice.
He is a strong advocate for hiring a company to organize your wine cellar for you... and he owns just such a company.
And his comments that no wine under $50 a bottle seems worthy of a wine cellar... I only know what I like, but I have had some very good wines that were $12 a bottle... on page 86 his interpretation of the wine point scale states that anything 86 or under, it would be better to drink a beer. Mr Smith seems like he knows wine... to the point he thumbs his nose at anything that doesn't meet his snobbish expectations. Perhaps his book should be titled "How to be a Wine Snob in 152 pages"...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated 5 Feb. 2011
By KC - Published on
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The author assumes we all have the ability to acquire a 4,000 bottle collection of wine, and at times looks down upon those of us who enjoy wine, but don't have the proper credentials to qualify as wine snobs. This book needs more practical support for those people who want to collect a variety of good value wines, and store them over time. This book does not deliver on that point.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars little to learn here 14 Dec. 2010
By Edd H. Hyde - Published on
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I bought this book based on receomendation in Wine Spectator, hoping to learn more as i may wish to build wine cellar. Well, I learned little if anything from this book, except that the writer has a very high opinion of himself. My advice: look elsewhere.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 17 May 2006
By A. J. Smith - Published on
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Now, I get it. My wines were a mess, but The Best Cellar is a huge help in getting my cellar organized. It is also enjoyable to read.
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