- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 2nd Revised edition edition (11 Aug. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840009284
- ISBN-13: 978-1840009286
- Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.9 x 28.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The New Spain: A Complete Guide to Contemporary Spanish Wine Hardcover – 11 Aug 2004
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Spain is in the midst of what amounts to a revolution in wine. Those who considered it an unchanging, traditional source for unexciting, traditional wines would be amazed by the dramatic rise in quality and the extraordinary explosion of wine styles that has taken place throughout the country in recent years. This rapid transformation, together with the enigmatic nature of the nation itself, demands a definitive, up-to-date reference book. The New Spain covers every aspect of the wines and wine regions of Spain, from its beginnings up to the present day. From soil types and vineyard classification to the most innovative bodegas and newest wine styles, wine lovers will be able to get to grips with the fascinatingly complex world of Spanish wine. Whether it is a classic, oaky Rioja or a clean, crisp, spakling Cava, you are sure to find it here--along with many other wine styles you may never have encountered. John Radford is the first wine writer to approach the subject of Spanish wine in a logical, region-by-region tour of the country. In an informative, accessible style, he examines climate, geography, grape varieties and the winemaking traditions of each wine zone. Perhaps more importantly for wine-lovers, Radford profiles each region's bodegas, and Includes tips on their best wines. Beautifully illustrated with over 150 colour photographs, and with specially comissioned maps showing the location of all wine regions, The New Spain is a pleasure to read as well as an indispensible guide for anyone interested in Spanish wine. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
From the Author
THE NEW SPAIN wins both the UK's top food-and-drink prizes
Many thanks to everyone who bought it - and good luck to those still to get it! THE NEW SPAIN sold out in less than three months and has been reprinted. It has also won the Champagne Lanson award for wine book of the year and the Glenfiddich Award for drinks book of the year in the UK. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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This book is nicely written, is well laid out, and has great illustrations, etc. It seems really comprehensive and the author comes across as highly credible. There's quite a bit of 'storyline' in the book - starting right from the foreword by a Don of Spanish winemaking - that takes the reader through what's happening in the Spanish wine industry.
But - honestly - it hasn't really been much practical use to me. When I first read it, I tried to get hold of some of the wines it mentioned, but ended up giving up as I couldn't find them. So although it looks like a great guide to the subject, as a manual for enjoyable drinking by enthusiastic amateurs, maybe it's not so well suited.
I recommend it to everyone who shows an interest in Spanish wines and varietals and feels overwhelmed by the mass of information on offer. It makes for excellent reading about Spain in general, whether or not you are a wine enthusuast!
A little out of date here and there in terms of which are now the very top bodegas, but mostly brilliant.
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