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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Vendange Press (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983729212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983729211
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Benjamin Lewin MW brings a unique combination of qualifications in wine and science to bear on the world of wine. He is a Master of Wine, and was founding Editor of the leading scientific journal, Cell. His previous books, What Price Bordeaux? Wine Myths and Reality, and In Search of Pinot Noir, received worldwide critical acclaim for their innovative approach, and were short listed for the prestigious André Simon and Roederer wine book awards. Lewin also writes the myths and realities column in the World of Fine Wine, and contributes to Decanter magazine, Wine & Spirits, and TONG. His blog on wine is at He divides his time between the eastern United States and the wine-growing regions of Europe, and is presently working on his next book.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Strayer on July 6, 2013
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This is a great start on the definitive book on Cabernet, but not quite there yet. It has a lot of information brought together in one place and I really appreciated that. The chapter on American Cabs is the one I enjoyed the most as I live here and this covers the nearby territory. However, there is too much emphasis on scoring and individual wines which takes up a large portion of the end of the book. Most of the Napa scores fall within a 5 point range of a 100 point scale which makes me question their value. (But I am not a fan of scores either). The coverage is spotty and doesn't include many major Napa wines although it does include a cross section. Therefore I don't think this is the definitive book.

This is however a huge subject and I for one am not expert enough to take in the complete picture of Cab around the world.

I think Lewin's work is very good, but it could stand better editorial oversight - like someone who worked on Jancis Robinson's American Wine. It also could benefit from better book design and more maps.

That said, I would still recommend buying it for any Cab lover.
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Great book! I have been a huge fan of all of Lewin's books (In Search of Pinot Noir is fantastic) and this tome does not disappoint. Hugely educational and very well written, it is as much of a page turner as a book on cabernet can be.
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