'A magnificent achievement: colossally informative, illuminating and intriguing--Decanter.com
This book is a thing of beauty - classic, well written and splendidly illustrated - and will be a point of reference for decades to come.--Bordeaux Undiscovered
A fantastic Christmas present for any wine geek, and one that will provide an endless source of fiendish questions for quiz-setters--The Guardian
James Beard Awards, Best Beverage Book--2012
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Hall of Fame for Best Wine Book--2012
Wine & Spirits magazine, Best Drinks Book--2012
Roederer Awards, Faiveley International Wine Book of the Year--2013
OIV Awards, Best Viticulture Book--2013
Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, Best Drink Book--2012
Andr? Simon Awards, Best Drink Book--2012
A magnificent achievement: colossally informative, illuminating and intriguing--Decanter.com"
The most important wine book in years.--Tom Wark, Fermentation"
From the Back Cover
An indispensable book for every wine lover, from some of the world's leading wine experts.
Where do wine grapes come from and how are grape varieties related to one another? What is the historical background of each one? Where are they grown? What sort of wines do they make?
Using cutting-edge DNA analysis and detailing almost 1,400 distinct grape varieties, as well as myriad correct (and incorrect) synonyms, this book examines grapes and wine as never before. Here is a complete, alphabetically presented profile of all grape varieties of relevance to the wine lover, charting the relationships between them and including unique and astounding family trees, their characteristics in the vineyard, and most important what the wines made from them taste like.
Presented in a stunning design with eight-page gatefolds that reveal the family trees, and a rich variety of full-color illustrations from Viala and Vermorel's century-old classic ampelography, the text will deepen readers' understanding of grapes and wine with every page. Combining Jancis Robinson's worldview and nose for good writing and good wines with Julia Harding's research, expertise, and attention to detail plus Dr. Vouillamoz's unique level of scholarship, Wine Grapes offers essential and original information in greater depth and breadth than has ever been available before. This is a book for wine students, wine experts, and wine lovers everywhere."