Synopses & Reviews
The award-winning guideand#151;updated!
and#147;An exhilarating bookand#133;No serious wine loverand#8217;s library is complete without it.and#8221;and#151;Wine Spectator
What do you taste in wine? Why do you taste it? Where does it come from?
Oz Clarke says it best: and#147;If we have any interest in wine and in flavours, we have to be interested in the grape variety itself.and#8221; Thatand#8217;s how more and more consumers think and learn about wine today, and Clarke, one of the worldand#8217;s 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 and 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 and 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 decoderand#151;a guide to the grapes behind the wines
- Beautiful botanical illustrations plus more than 550 photos, maps, artworks, wine labels, and maturity chartsand#160;
and#8220;An exhilarating book. . . . No serious wine lover's library is complete without it.and#8221; and#8212;Wine Spectator
Praise for Kevin Zraly and Windows on the World Complete Wine Course
:"Kevin Zraly is the finest wine educator I have known.and#8221; and#8212;Robert Parker
"One of the best start-from-scratch wine books ever written." and#8212;Frank Prial, the New York Times
and#8220;The great Zraly wit and his legendary front-of-the-classroom presence are integral parts of this fresh approach.and#8221; and#8212;Wine Spectator
and#8220;A visually exciting, intelligently structured reference.and#8221; and#8212;Anthony Dias Blue, Bon Appand#233;tit
and#8220;Brims with enthusiasm and#8230; breezy, down-to-earth and#8230; Reads like an interesting conversation.and#8221; and#8212;Chicago Tribune
and#8220;The liveliest short course on wine ever wrapped between two covers.and#8221; and#8212;Boston Globe
and#8220;As entertaining as it is informative.and#8221; and#8212;New York Daily News
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.
All the wine information you needand#8212;right in your pocket! The 23rd edition of Oz Clarke's classic Pocket Wine Book has more information, recommendations, facts, passion, and opinion than any other comparable guide. Meticulously updated and designed for optimum browsing, it includes a country-by-country index to over 4,000 top wine producers and 7,000 wines, maps, illustrations of labels and bottles, and more. Detailed vintage charts, with information on which of the world's top wines are ready for drinking in 2015, can be found on the inside front and back covers.
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.
"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.
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.
Oz Clarke Wine A-Z contains more information, recommendations, and opinion than any other comparable wine guide. More than 1,600 well-organized and easy-to-use entries cover wines, producers, grapes, and wine regions from around the world. One handy index goes country by country; another covers over 4,000 of the worldandrsquo;s top producers, and detailed vintage charts reveal which top wines will be ready for drinking in 2016.
In Oz Clarke Wine A-Z, Britainand#39;s best-loved wine writer brings you more recommendations, more facts, and more opinion than any other comparable guide to wine. Well organized and easy to use, the more than 1,600 entries cover wines, producers, grapes, and wine regions from all over the world. Along with the handy country-by-country index, another index covers over 4,000 of the worldandrsquo;s top producers and their wines. Detailed vintage charts, on the inside front and back covers, provide advice on which top wines will be ready for drinking in 2016.
About the Author
In 1976 Kevin Zraly was hired as the cellar master to the newly opened Windows on the World restaurant at One World Trade Center; that is where he opened his Windows on the World Wine School and where it remained until September 11, 2001. It is now located at the JW Marriott Essex House on Central Park South, and, to date, has more than 20,000 graduates. Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course was first published in 1985 and has since sold more than three million copies. He also created the Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin Zraly wine club and master classes. His honors include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the James Beard Foundation and European Wine Council, the James Beard Award for the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year, and the Food and Beverage Association's Man of the Year Award. He is on the board of trustees at the Culinary Institute of America and has been featured in the New York Times, People magazine, the Wall Street Journal, GQ, and USA Today. He lives in New Paltz, NY.