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Africa Uncorked: Travels in Extreme Wine Territory Paperback – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856265196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856265195
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,113,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A true adventure, wonderfully told…vivid and absorbing. The most original wine book in years. -- Hugh Johnson<br /><br />Wise and visionary…as broad as Africa itself. As a travel book it’s unrivaled. --Jancis Robinson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

John Platter has contributed to many eminent publications on wine, and is on the South African Wine Trust, a government-appointed body tasked with 'transforming' the country's wine industry. Erica Platter is a South African journalist, former deputy editor of a leading women's magazine, and the author of a humorous crime novel set in the Cape - A Strange Case of Wine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
John and Erica Platter helped bring south African wine to the knowledge of the rest of the world with the country's first wine travel guide, and their Africa Uncorked, Travels In Extreme Wine Territory follows the idea of unusual African wines through Africa in a travelogue which journeys from Algeria to Madagascar and beyond. Unusual wine and food discoveries, strange characters, and adventure permeates Africa Uncorked, which provides equal attention to cultural and culinary discoveries on the continent. A bold topic, a bold adventure, and a bold approach makes Africa Uncorked hard to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Cepuch on April 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What could be more fun than finding and tasting unlikely wines in unlikely places? Not much, and this book is mostly a joy to read. It made me want to visit some of the same far-flung places and help cheer on the valiant winemakers doing such remarkable things. One exasperating thing about this book, though: the type is a deadly combination of tiny and pale, which makes it very tough on the eyes. Perhaps there wasn't enough ink on the press when my copy was printed, but it seems more like an intentional choice by a designer with the eyes of a 25-year-old rather than those of someone over 50. Too bad, because the words and stories deserve more prominence.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Cervellone on February 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A fantastic collection of real wine/Winery stories from a completely ignored historic wine producing region. A wonderful work, and a great read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Olson on March 29, 2013
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I was traveling across Africa, and I brought this book as a reference to wineries in countries that aren't considered traditional wine centers. It was a fascinating read, but it didn't help with finding and visiting any of the wineries described in the chapters. A new addition with more details would be helpful.
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