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The New Spain: A Complete Guide to Contemporary Spanish Wine Hardcover – 11 Aug 2004

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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 does a lot towards reinventing Spanish wine for those who regard it as cheap plonk. Whilst covering the subject clear maps and reviews of bodegas (or wine cellars) are used to good account. This book describes in detail why Spanish wines are getting better and allows the reader to see for themselves with the recommended choices of the author.
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The book is well-written and contains enough information and facts for anyone not familiar with the subject to acquire a good knowledge. As a general over-view it is very useful.
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Having lived in Spain for six months I developed a real passion for the country and her food and wine. As a wine merchant I already knew a fair amount about the diversity of Spanish wines, but was keen to further my knowledge and appreciation. I have found this book an absolute delight to read and to use as a reference book whenever the need arises. It is written in an informative, friendly and entirely un-stuffy way! The clarity of the maps is excellent and it is very helpful to have the websites of the Notable Bodegas shown. The photography is not only stunning when it is rural scenes or local architecture, but is also informative when showing grape varieties, soils and vinification equipment. In my role as buyer for Wine Poole I see the workings of many wineries and this book brings alive all those aspects of the industry. As one of the fastest evolving wine industries it is good that this book shows a very modern and up to date version of the Spanish wine trade. Many of the wines are available from specialist wine merchants in the UK, such as ourselves. I would highly recommend this book to both the casual wine drinker who wishes to increase his or her knowledge of Spanish wines as well as to the professional wine taster.
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I love Spanish food and wine, have spent about 18 months living and working in Spain in the last decade, and Spanish wine is about 50% of what I buy and drink. Back in the UK, I love cooking Spanish food, have a few Spanish cookbooks, and am lucky to have a great deli locally where I can buy what I thought was a reasonable range of Spanish food and wine. So I was interested to learn a bit more about Spanish wine so I could better choose, and go beyond my usual approach of sticking to Rioja and buying either labels I know, or buying on price.

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.
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