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Let Me Tell You About Wine Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013
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A former leading West End actor, Oz Clarke is one of the world's leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. Known for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm for life in general, Oz is Britain's most popular wine writer and the author of a collection of bestselling books about wine. He also broadcasts extensively on television and radio.
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I am an absolute novice when it comes to all things grape. That's why I plumped for this book - with many of the recommendations pitching it at just my level - and parts of it are certainly very useful in developing one's knowledge of wine. However it did at times feel as though you were being led on Oz's wine tour in which he goes into detail about the wines to which he is partial and always providing subjective insights into the wines, regions and grapes. There are useful guides, yes, but there is also a lot of wit and diatribe which, for me, took away from the guidebook essence of this volume.
I wouldn't urge anyway to shy away from this book as it is an accessible start-up but I would almost certainly recommend you supplement it with a more hardy and objective tome like the Oxford Companion to Wine if you are truly to become the cultured student of oenology.
Usually what I would do next is give the positives and negatives of the book. In this case it's difficult to be sure since everything I say can either be interpreted as positive or negative. Therefore, I resort to bulletpoints.
* This one is most assuredly positive. The book is just filled with all manner of photos, maps, diagrams and every other imaginable visual aid.
* The book is meticulously detailed. This is no beginner's guide; I've seen textbooks in Organic Chemistry that contained less information. For each wine you get enough information that you could practically grow the grapes yourself.
* In addition to the depth of knowledge, the book's scope is amazingly broad. It tells you not only how to choose a wine but where it was grown, what weather conditions it prefers and all the way to how to get the cork out.
In summary, you really only need one book on wine and this is that book. If there's something about wine that's not in this book then you don't need to know it.
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