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Drops of God Vol. 02 Paperback – 16 Dec 2012

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: VERTICAL; 01 edition (16 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654292
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great read. Good storyline, beautifully evocative descriptions, a lot to enjoy, but even more to enjoy if you have a basic understanding of wine tasting. Definitely worth savouring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid continuation to an ambitious series 15 Dec. 2011
By J. C. Kinder - Published on Amazon.com
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Manga (Japanese comic books) are a bit different from American comic books, in that they cover a much wider range of topics. There are, for example, extremely detailed and accurate sports manga, gambling manga, educational manga and, most relevant here, cooking manga. It's not all people with enormous eyes and stupid hair punching each other. This manga focuses on wine, and treats it with an impressive balance of seriousness and humor.

The central conceit is that the main character has a superb ability to taste and appreciate wine, but no experience drinking or buying it. It is through his eyes that the reader is introduced to various concepts in wine. That the teaching is delivered via a combination of superb art and cheerful humor certainly helps.

This volume focuses on two main stories- a restaurant which must impress a stern critic with it's pairing of wine with each dish, and a competition between French and Italian wines at reasonable prices. This calls for many tastings, discussions of terrior, the villages and grand crus of Burgundy and Bordaux, and a rather amusing discussion of introverted pino noirs. As opposed to the extroverted pinos of California or New Zealand, for example. In context, it all makes sense, and I certainly have found that some wines strike me as cheerful and approachable.

My only critique is that these books have a profound bias towards French wine. Its not that the authors dismiss wines from other regions (in this book the main character says that he is blown away by the quality of an Italian wine) its just that they like French wine better. They have said as much in interviews. Rather wonderfully, they compared California reds to Americans- big, cheerful and just a little too friendly for Japanese people. French wines are a bit more restrained and take more effort go get to know, a more comfortable arrangement for a reserved Japanese person.

I rate these books so highly because I know just enough about wines to know I don't know much at all. These books put into words and images a great deal I have often felt or thought about wine, and inspired me to learn even more. I strongly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in wine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! 24 Jan. 2015
By Bob from Michigan - Published on Amazon.com
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The whole drops of god series is amazing. It drops a lot of really good wine knowledge, is extremely entertaining, and a very easy read. Not to mention the fact that it's one of the most influential wine books of all time. A must read for anyone who loves wine!.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 April 2017
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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the best manga/comic about wines.
4.0 out of 5 stars Indepth but engaging 3 Jun. 2014
By Rob Vollmar - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm anything but a wine connoisseur but this manga makes learning about wines and what make them distinctive fun and interesting. Though the format reminds me of Oishinbo (a classic food manga), the art is a little sharper and the story enjoys a few more twists. If you like wine, this is for you. If you like good manga, you will find a lot to admire here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me crave more 21 Mar. 2013
By Rachael - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this series. It makes me crave more wine knowledge and of course, I want to go out and buy these bottles! And the food! This artist / author does a great job of romanticizing the whole tasting process. If you like wine and manga, you'll probably love this series.
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