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Wine Grapes: A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours by [Robinson, Jancis, Harding, Julia, Vouillamoz, José]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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"The most important wine book in years.--Tom Wark, Fermentation

'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"

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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."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 25486 KB
  • Print Length: 1228 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF1RFFM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In 1986 Jancis Robinson broke new ground in popular wine writing when she published her book 'Vines Grapes and Wines', a comprehensive and very readable account of the characteristics, geographical areas, vinification techniques and lineage of many of the grape varieties grown around the world. This book is now out of print but is readily available on the second-hand market and is well worth reading if you have not already got a copy.

Like many others, when 'Wine Grapes' appeared three years ago I assumed that this was some form of updated version of the previous book. However this is a very different work, much more academic, covering a larger number of grape varieties and concentrating particularly on the lineage and history of the different varieties.

To write this new book Jancis Robinson teamed up with two co-authors: Julia Harding MW (one of Jancis Robinson key team members in the running of her website) and Dr José Vouillamoz, a Swiss grape geneticist with particular expertise in the DNA profiling of grape varieties. One of the outstanding features of the book is the use of original DNA research by Dr Vouillamoz to elucidate the provenance of many grape varieties whose origins were previously obscure. The results of this research form much of the core of the book and often make fascinating reading; to take one example, the book comprehensively puts to rest the Italian versus American argument about the provenance of the Primitivo / Zinfandel variety and which country has the right to make use of the name Zinfandel.
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A huge book in every possible way one could look at it. Just the thought of the immense work that was required for it makes my had ache. The editing could have been a bit better, with my main concern being the diagrams that are not visible. Of course one could argue that I can download them for the web site (which I did) but that is not why I paid more than 100 euros for it (with the postage). The arguement about how thin are the pages and how small are the letters are valid, but on the other hand the alternative would be a book twice the size and weight. And I do like the fact that its one volume and not two.

This is a serious collective work, that requires a considerable amount of money and I strongly believe is only destined for those who are in the wine trade, wine students or just people that have a strong interest in wine. This is not something you would read casually sitting on the couch. The vast amount of information in this book, will be lost to someone who just drinks a glass of "(I don't care what) wine here and there".
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This is a most valuable reference book which I will dip into for years to come. What a shame that photographs of the grape varieties are not included in the text. The paintings of grapes grouped together are neither useful to identify the grapes in situ or very in keeping with such a good reference work.
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Electronic version much more user friendly and better value than hard copy.
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The most thorough study of this fascinating subject ever undertaken. Should revolutionise wine labeling (back labeling particularly) especially in France and Italy where non-descriptive A.C. or D.O.C.G. labeling has prevailed for years.
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This is the ultimate reference to wine grapes and should resolve a lot of arguments. Every winemaker wishing to deal with non-mainstream or "alternative varieties" should have this book in their library.

P.S. As far as I know, I am not related to Julia Harding ;-)
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A book every wine lover should have on his shelf!
Tons of information.
Very detailed albeit it with some minor inaccuracies and details out-of-date.
Next edition will be completely spot-on.
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This is it - the one and only true wine grape reference book. If you're a wine geek or professional, don't hesitate! But don't expect a book which you can read from cover to cover. Instead, this is a reference that you will still use 10, 20, or even 40 years from now.
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