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Oz Clarke's Australian Wine Companion: An Essential Guide for All Lovers of Australian Wine (Oz Clarke's Wine Companions)
Synopses & Reviews
Australian wine has become a major player in recent years, taking the American market by storm with its upfront fruit, clear flavors, and eminent drinkability. In this handy companion, internationally renowned wine writer Oz Clarke offers readers and travelers an extensive and entertaining look at one of the world's most exciting wine-producing countries. Here the wine lover will find the best Australian wines at every level, from everyday easy-drinking wines to truly great classic wines. With his signature wit and style, Oz shares personal anecdotes from his frequent trips to Australia, discusses key Australian grapes and key wine regions, profiles more than 160 of the country's top producers, and presents labels and tasting notes on more than a hundred wines. Major wine-growing areas are featured in full-color photographs, and top vineyard areas are illustrated with panoramic maps.
Book News Annotation:
In this practical guide, international wine expert Clarke shows his extensive knowledge of and passion for Australian wine. The inclusion of many color photographs, as well as the author's conversational tone make this an approachable introduction to the subject. The book begins with an overview of Australian wines: the country's short history of wine-making, different grapes and wine styles, vineyards, wineries, and wine tourism. The following chapters discuss the characteristics of specific regions, show maps, list producers in the area, and include helpful sidebars on particular wines to try. The guide concludes with annual vintage reports for each region from 1995 to 2004, tourist information, a glossary of terms, an index of main wines, and a subject index.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Oz Clarke, one of the world's leading wine experts, is a featured advisor to winetoday.com, the New York Times wine Web site, and he has won all the major wine writing awards. He lives in West London. Margaret Rand is an award-winning wine writer and a former editor of Wine magazine, Wine & Spirit International and Whisky magazine. She contributes to a wide range of wine publications and Internet sites and has been general editor, then wine editor of Oz Clarke's Wine Buying Guide for the last 11 editions. Margaret has also worked as an editor on several other Oz Clarke titles.
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