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Oz Clarke's Wine Buying Guide 2007 2007 Paperback – 14 Sep 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group; Revised edition edition (14 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316732427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316732420
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,891,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Oz Clarke is a well-known personality and highly respected authority on wine. He is the winner of all the major wine writing prizes both in the UK and US, including the Julia Child, Glenfiddich, Andre Simon and Lanson and in 2006 is the winner of the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Drinks Communicator of the Year award.

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I bought this book on a whim while buying a few other things on Amazon. I love the odd glass of wine, but can't say I know much about it beyond what I like and don't like when I taste it. But this book is fantastic - it includes descriptions of all the best wines around, including their prices and advice on where to buy them. The author is really enthusiastic about his subject and isn't at all snobbish. I don't like to spend a lot of money on wine and was pleased to see that Oz's number 1 wine costs less than £10. The bargain basement and £5 sections are the parts I've made most use of - they've helped me find some real bargains over the past few weeks. I don't think I'll be turning into a wine buff anytime soon, but it's a nice feeling when the bottle you bring to a dinner party actually gets drunk with gusto, rather than left on the sideboard!!
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Though living in Belgium, I bought this wine buyer's guide out of curiosity, and I wasn't disappointed. The book is nicely structured, in a producer and a retailer section, with a number of articles and factboxes sprinkled in between. While the first half mainly deals with different growing regions, and groups the selected wines in different price brackets, the second part describes interesting wine shops in the UK and their particular strengths.

Nice wine recommendations in all price categories can be found all over this book, whose modest size allows it to be carried along to the shops (a practical aspect that is often ignored by other writers of comprehensive wine guides such as Robert Parker, to name but one). However, there is a downside to the book's limited size, and the result is what seems to me quite an arbitrary and one-sided selection of wines: a load of Australian and Austrian, and very few German wines are featured, for example.

I may be slightly biaised because I'm German, and I know that Austrian wines can be as outstanding as the Germans, but Oz Clarke hardly bothers to talk about the crisp and low-alcohol Mosel and Rhein rieslings (which don't have an equivalent in Austria or Australia). It all very well to talk extensively about Hunter Valley rieslings from Australia, but they are hardly representative of this particular grape variety. In a wine buyer's guide for the British market (where German wines have traditionally had a big share of the market, especially in lower price categories) that seems strange.

The book is of limited use for those living outside the UK as all prices are given in pound Sterling, and only British retailers are included. There are other guides more suited if you plan to visit wine growers in Europe or the New World.

Nonetheless, it is a good and useful guide for all wine drinkers - from beginners to freaks - who buy their bottles in the UK, including the occasional visitor.
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If you have an early edition, for example the 2001, you might think this is that book updated to 2007. NOT! This is a smaller, 'general guidlines' book. It does NOT have the very detailed prices as listed in the earlier 2001 edition. Some of the other reviews are clearly referring to that earlier version of the book, which confusingly had exactly the same title.
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