Wine Myths and Reality Hardcover – 16 May 2013
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The most riveting, richest wine book of the year --Jancis Robinson
This is a very fine wine book one of the best I ve read --Wine Economist
Loads of provocative and very useful information... this follows his excellent What Price Bordeaux?... this is highly recommended reading --Robert Parker --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Benjamin Lewin MW is a Master of Wine whose have books received worldwide critical acclaim for their innovative approach, and have been short listed for the prestigious Andre Simon and Roederer wine book awards. He also writes the myths and realities column in the World of Fine Wine, and contributes to Decanter magazine, Wine & Spirits, and TONG. He divides his time between the eastern United States and the wine-growing regions of Europe, and is presently working on his next book."
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The structure of the book is fairly conventional with a brief historical section followed by sections on viticulture and wine making methods that take up the first third of the book. A section on trends and developments in the international wine trade is then followed by selective commentaries on the state of wines in the principal wine growing countries, occupying the remainder of the book.
What is unusual about the book is Lewin's very searching approach to the subject: he looks at all aspects of the wine business with an objective and often critical eye and is not afraid to condemn dubious practices or plain superstition.Read more ›
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Having devoted considerable time and effort to plowing through this massive volume, I'm left with the sense Lewin never really decided what this book should be. It's not a survey or basic reference on the order of Johnson's "World Atlas," although it does include a "touch 'em all" review of just about every wine producing region in the world. It isn't a screed along the lines of Nossiter's "Liquid Memory," although Lewin does sprinkle the book with observations about the esthetics of wine, the role of wine criticism and related topics. It isn't an expose like Brook's "Bordeaux - People, Power and Politics," yet Lewin does go out of his way to debunk what he views as "wine myths" and to stir up some controversy. He touches on just about everything -- what is terroir, or does it even exist? What about organic and biodynamic wine? Is any wine really "natural"? Is it really possible to be a "non-interventionist" winemaker? Why rely on natural yeasts instead of inoculating with "industrial" varieties? Noteworthy wine scandals and the adulteration of wine. The sad state of most Beaujolais today. Name just about any hot button topic in the modern wine universe, and Lewin will at least give it a nod in this volume. And scientist that he is, Lewin will give you plenty of empirical data as he goes along.
So, what is this book? My title calls the book a "roller coaster," and that is truly how it feels to take the whole ride from cover to cover. The book covers an enormous amount of territory yet it never seems to know where it's headed. It's like going on an extended hitchhiking trip with a very savvy traveling companion. You'll have good times and not so good, you'll be bored some of the time and thrilled some of the time. You'll pick up a lot of insight along the way, but you may not know what your destination is or get there if you do know. When it's all over you'll be glad you did it, but you may not want to do it again.