Port and the Douro (Infinite Ideas Classic Wine) Hardcover – 12 Nov 2012
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Richard Mayson is a champion of wine culture and a fresh authoritative voice in wine literature. --Hugh Johnson
About the Author
Richard Mayson is an expert on port and Portuguese wines. He is the author of Portugal's Wine and Winemakers and The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal and is a regular contributor to the Oxford Companion to Wine and Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine as well as to Decanter and Wine International.
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To call this an introduction would do the book a disservice. Covering the history, the vineyards, the shippers as well as the winemaking techniques, I purchased the book prior to a trip to this region. I was very thankful I did. Many minor details that I saw in the vineyards as well as in the shipping houses of Oporto I would not have picked up on has I not read the majority of this book first.
Mayson's book can be read cover to cover if you are a bit of a wine nerd. I fall into that category but reading the alphabetical descriptions of the port producers and shippers requires that sort of mindset. However, for the average enthusiast or someone looking to dip in an out the book offers well written chapters that can be read more or less in isolation. Other chapters such as the one which described pretty much every vintage of port are exceptionally useful to help distinguish the nuances between vintages or to show off you knowledge to friends. A much welcome glossary is included to help through the jargon associated with port. So if you Colheita from your Qunita a hand reminder is contained at the back.
The history of port is fascinating and many much larger tomes have been dedicated to the subject over the years but for a well written broader based book this (especially if you then visit the region) will have you drinking more port, paying far more attention to what is on the shelves at your supermarket or wine merchant and much happier for the whole experience!!
For long time, the English have written very good books on Port, its origin, its story and its tasting! But in recent years they have edited less books and drunk less wine! At last, R Mayson, a very respected agent of this trade, has published a wonderfull book!
A superb read, first class, outstanding !
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Wrote by one authority on the subject, well made, full of details, but still readable.Published 6 months ago by mehmetwine
Well executed and very fast delivery! Well-done Amazon! Thanks!Published 19 months ago by Ger Hindriks