This great book on Madeira wine as researched and written by Trevor Elliott, is indeed an indispensable guide for any true lover of this magnificent fortified nectar. The book starts the reader from a short history of the island and wines, to growers, type of grapes, vinification, fortification and aging, blending and bottling, to storing and serving etc. Not only is this book loaded with beautiful colour photographs showing every aspect of the intricate process involved in making Madeira wine, but also with photos showing the island and it's relation to the vineyards. Mr. Elliott a UK. native, is a long time visitor of the island thru the years, and as a result has cemented a great relationship with owners and growers alike. Anyone who buys and reads this book, will definitely feel as though, they themselves have visited Madeira thru the years, and have walked away with a vast treasure of knowledge!
Very pleased with this purchase, a must have in the library of anybody with an interest in Maderia. The book is very well structured, informative and reads very easily, you could almost feel you are sipping a glass of Madeira whist chatting to the author. A must buy for any fan of Madeira and equally an ideal gift for one!
Used to help prepare for WSET Diploma Fortified Wines exam along with the Liddell book. The Trevor book was a bit more up to date. I also enjoyed the organization and the wonderful pictures. I am now going back through it for pure enjoyment.