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Nice book, comprehensive, a bit inaccessible for the casual drinker
on 12 January 2010
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.