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Thirsty Work (Mitchell Beazley Drink)
Thirsty Work (Mitchell Beazley Drink)
by Matt Skinner
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this book about Matt Skinner or about wine?, 25 Feb. 2006
Thirsty Work seems to be a genuine attempt to make wine more easily understood, and in that aim the book is not too bad. What seems odd is the "Jamie Oliver Lifestyle" way in which this book has been written.
There is too much time spent on phrases like "grapes rock" (oh dear), and arty photos of Matt wearing basball caps. I think that this book could have been more readable if it concentrated on what makes wine special, rather than cultivating Matt Skinner as a future 'star'.
I think that this book might appeal to teenagers, but is probably a bit too clumsy to excite an older audience.


The Juice 2006: 100 Wines You Should be Drinking
The Juice 2006: 100 Wines You Should be Drinking
by Matt Skinner
Edition: Paperback

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More wine, less pictures please!, 22 Feb. 2006
I bought this guide as it's obviously meant to appeal to a younger audience than the average wine guide, and being in my 20's I thought I'd give it a go. To be honest its ok, but not really any better than ok. Matt Skinners approach might be very low-key and Australian, but reading words like 'juice' and 'daggy' every page make the prose start to annoy the reader pretty quickly. Also, and I know it has been said before, but there really are too many pictures of Matt (even a picture of his training shoes in his bedroom!) and not enough affordable suggestions for wines to drink. This book has brazenly attempted to make drinking wine as cool as skateboarding ... why?


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