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VINE VOICEon 3 April 2017
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I have the earlier version of this guide so it seemed a good idea to look st the latest, revised version. I'm glad I did because although the basic principles and processes of tasting are essentially the same, it would perhaps be better to describe this as a completely new rather than a revised. It has been extensively rewritten and expanded, with s number of completely new sections and updating of wine types to reflect changes in the market and wine fashions.
The writing is clear and easy to understand and the illustrations are excellent.
Overall this is a very useful for those who are wine tasting beginners up to those with quite an experienced nose and palate. Well worth the money
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 January 2018
A book of manageable size, slightly broad and long, but light enough to be carried to any winetasting, if one does not mind displaying one's novice standing in wine tasting. This is an excellent first book for those who are new to wine and wish to learn more. This book covers the essentials from the nature of the wine's fragrance to how they relate to individual grape variety. Schuster introduces the reader to the terms involved in wine appreciation the encouragement not to be discouraged when one finds verbiage in wine description. More importantly, Schuster explains how wine is tasted and how our sight, smell and taste relate to the appreciation of the wine we taste.

He then discusses the various types of grapes and the different names they are known in various parts of the world. The same grape variety (say, sauvignon blanc) will taste differently depending on whether it comes from a cooler or warmer climate. The Pouilly-Fume of France has a sharper grassy flavour whereas a New Zealand sauvignon blanc may have hints of guava and pineapple.

The reader will be advised as to what equipment, including wine glasses and decanters he will require. Several pages of maps showing the location of the vineyards in all the wine-growing countries can be found at the end of the book. An experienced connoisseur may find that this is a useful book for revision and even for reference.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 7 April 2017
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Michael Schuster is very well regarded and an esteemed figure in the Wine Society and on the British winetasting and presenting scene, I have used serval of his excellent publications before and this one is in the same high quality league. As a wine enthusiast, collector and Chair of a wine society, I found this book well written absorbing and highly useful. Apart from the expected sections on how to taste wine and guide to glasses, tasting environment, etc, there is a very useful section on wine styles, regions and grape varietals and what aromas and flavours to expect. As this guide has just been published, it very usefully has vintage advice up to the 2015 vintages. The book rounds off with some very welcome wine region maps and potted profiles of the key estates.
An excellent book, highly recommended
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on 2 November 2017
Excellent book.
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on 4 January 2018
bought for m girlfriend who sells vintage wines and ports and she was very happy with it, great knoledge and very well explained
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on 22 August 2017
Clear and helpful guide to tasting.
Essential for those learning and everyone can surely do with a reminder once in a while.
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on 2 June 2014
I am not a 'wind snob' but I like to know more about different wines and where they are grown,
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on 31 January 2013
This is a great book for anyone who is starting to learn more about wine tasting.
It has everything you would expect & a lot more.
Whats more, its always a great reference book in the future, so I dont think I will be letting this book out of my sight in a hurry.

Thoroughly recommended.
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on 14 March 2013
One of the best book on Wine I have read. Well structured, informative, interesting easy to read. I would advise it to anyone that wishes to understand better the world of wine.
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on 4 July 2012
This book is very well laid out, easy to read and very informative. If you are a beginner, this book is perfect.
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