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Oz Clarke, Britain's most popular wine writer, is totally in tune with what novice wine enthusiasts want to know, learn, and, most importantly, enjoy about the fruit of the vine.
His accessible and comprehensive beginner's guide is a wonderful treat for wine lovers eager to enhance their knowledge: Clarke lays out the rules of wine tasting, explains what creates a wine's signature taste, describes all the top grape varieties and their individual characteristics, and dispenses wisdom on how to make the perfect match of food and wine.
A section on spotting corked” and faulty wines also helps newcomers gain confidence in their choices.
After discussing the basics, Oz takes readers on a world tour of wine through the main winemaking regions of Europe, the United States, South America, and other key wine-producing countries.
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Known for his phenomenal palate, accurate predictions, and enthusiasm, Oz Clarke is Britain’s best-known wine writer and the author of a collection of bestselling wine books. He has won all the top wine writing prizes, both in the UK and the US, including the Lanson Special Millennium Award for his outstanding contribution to wine communication and education and the prestigious International Wine and Spirit drinks Communicator of the Year Award.From Publishers Weekly:
Thanks to his previous wine books and his work with the BBC, Clarke's expertise in all things vino is well known in Britain, where this volume first appeared in 2009. And although many pages of this beginner's guide are colored in shades of lavender and grape, Clarke avoids purple prose. His instructions and descriptions are as straightforward as his title. The work is divided into three sections. Part one breaks out the various flavors of wine into 18 categories, such as "juicy, fruity reds," "gutsy rosés," and "intense, nutty whites." A helpful "instant recall chart" provides pithy, one-sentence descriptions for 23 grape varieties ("Pinotage: A love-it-or-hate-it sturdy smoky red from South Africa"). Part two, entitled "Enjoying Wine," is a basic study of how to buy, store, and serve, including a chart on how to decipher European wine labels. The final section tackles the geography of wine, with a look at the offerings from more than a dozen countries ranging in depth from a 19-page study of France, complete with maps, quick guides and definitions, to single paragraph mentions of up and comers like Lebanon, Turkey, and Thailand. (Oct.) (c)
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