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Grapes & Wines: A Comprehensive Guide to Varieties and Flavours
Synopses & Reviews
The award-winning guide—updated!
An exhilarating book No serious wine lovers library is complete without it.”—Wine Spectator
What do you taste in wine? Why do you taste it? Where does it come from?
Oz Clarke says it best: If we have any interest in wine and in flavours, we have to be interested in the grape variety itself.” Thats how more and more consumers think and learn about wine today, and Clarke, one of the worlds most renowned wine writers, has created the definitive guide on for wine lovers who want to know more. In his usual accessible and appealing style, Clarke appraises the world's greatest grapes and the wines they make, looking at the history, the places, the people, the various wine types, and the diversity of flavors to enjoy.
Oz Clarke: Grapes & Wine won the prestigious Lanson Wine Book of the Year award, and this updated edition is once again the most helpful, thorough, and readable look at the subject.
GRAPES & WINES offers:
- Vivid descriptions of more than 300 varieties in an A-Z format
- Extended features on the top grapes (such Cabernet Sauvignon)
- Hundreds of recommended products
- Insights from modern windemakers
- European appellation decoder—a guide to the grapes behind the wines
- Beautiful botanical illustrations plus more than 550 photos, maps, artworks, wine labels, and maturity charts
First published in hardcover as Oz Clarke's Encyclopedia of Grapes, Oz Clarke's Grapes and Wines is newly revised and updated to provide the most current information on an even wider array of grapes. Oz covers chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and fifteen other classic grapes in depth, and includes features on tradition and innovation, methods used in the vineyard and the winery, and different wine styles around the world. He also provides vivid descriptions of more than three hundred grape varieties organized in his renowned A-to-Z format, as well as a glossary of technical terms and a wine decoder that lists which grapes go into which wines. This authoritative volume by one of the world's great wine writers is all you need to distinguish among grape varieties-- the wines they create and the flavors they contribute--and to make an informed choice on selecting the most satisfying wines.
What do you taste in wine? Why do you taste it? This highly acclaimed and updated edition of Oz Clarke's award-winning guide explores 350 of the world's greatest grapes and the wines they makeand#8212;and delves into wine history, places, people, styles, and flavors. Beautiful botanical illustrations plus photos, maps, artworks, labels, and charts make this volume both attractive and informative.
No one matches Kevin Zraly as a wine educator. Now, on its 30th anniversary, his definitive, bestselling guide receives a complete update. As always, Zraly deftly takes the mystery out of choosing wine, explains the basics, and suggests hundreds of new wines to try. But this thoroughly redesigned edition also presents a beautiful tribute to Windows on the World, the renowned restaurant where Zraly's course began. User-friendly smartphone tags and audio guides are featured throughout.
Winemaking is as old as civilization itself, and this illuminating volume takes a unique approach to that history: by exploring 100 bottles that have had the biggest impact on the evolution of wine. Moving from the first cork tops to screw caps, renowned wine writer Oz Clarke presents such landmarks as the introduction of the cylindrical wine bottle in the 1780s; the first estate to bottle and label its own wine (formerly sold in casks to merchants only); the most expensive bottle sold at auction and the oldest unopened bottle; the change in classifications; and the creation of numerous famous vintages. Fully illustrated with photographs of bottles, labels, and other images, this is a beautiful tribute to the "bottled poetry" that is wine.
"Kevin Zraly is the finest wine educator I have known.and#8221; and#8212;Robert Parker
No one matches Kevin Zraly for teaching the novice or giving experts the most current information about wine. Now, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Zraly's definitive work, the world's bestselling guide to wine receives a complete update. As always, Zraly deftly takes the mystery out of wine, recommending hundreds of new wines (all under $30!) and providing the latest information on vintage wines. But this thoroughly redesigned edition also presents a beautiful tribute to the renowned restaurant, Windows on the World, where Zraly's course began in 1976 and continued until September 11, 2001. Thanks to user-friendly smartphone tags throughout, there are videos to enlighten key points and audio guides to help you correctly pronounce 1,300 wine names and terms.
About the Author
A former leading West End actor, Oz Clarke is one of the world's best-known wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. Known for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions, and enthusiasm for life in general, Oz is Britain's most popular wine writer.
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