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Eyewitness Companions: Wines of the World: Your Essential Handbook (EYEWITNESS COMPANION GUIDES) Flexibound – October 4, 2004


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  • Series: EYEWITNESS COMPANION GUIDES
  • Flexibound: 688 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (October 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756605172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756605179
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another image-laden installment in the Eyewitness Companions series, this primer takes a worldly approach to wine sampling. Each chapter addresses a different wine-growing country or global region, incorporating pictures of lush vineyards, color-coded maps and extensive sidebars. Detailed descriptions of both the wine-growing regions and the vineyards themselves, including phone numbers and Web sites, make this book a resource for both casual drinkers and connoisseurs whose travels take them to wine country. The visual emphasis of Eyewitness guides makes for an engaging layout, with photo spreads and reference maps adroitly packaging a sweeping topic. Delightful tangents abound, many given their own photo-rich spread. The one on crafting wine casks, for example, has images illustrating each step in the barrel-making process, and the one on the art of wine labels shows labels created by American film director John Huston and Swiss painter Hans Erni for Mouton-Rothschild. "Perfect Case" sidebars list the top bottles from every region—a concise addendum to the maps. The book begins with an overview of wine’s history and production, and concludes with reference tables on practical matters like reading a label, storing and serving, and pairing with food. Overall, this is a richly illustrated and lucidly structured primer that would move Bacchus himself to raise a toast.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2008
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Earlier, I reviewed a book in the Eyewitness Companions series on French Wine. What better sequel than looking at wine throughout the world? This volume does a nice job of providing the reader with a background regarding wine and then conducting a country by country tour of the important winemaking countries of the world. As always, one gets breadth at the cost of depth. But the tradeoff appears to me to be well worth making.

The context for winemaking is complicated. The work says (Page 10): "Wine is a pure reflection of its `terroir' [Page22--". . .a unique combination of climate, topography, and soil types [that] shapes the character of the vines. . ."], and no other single product sums up its cultural, geographical, and historical origins in quite the same way." Wine apparently began being made in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. Over time, grapes and wine spread throughout many countries. Trivia: France leads in wine production, with Italy second, Spain third, and the US fourth (see Page 13). Wine consumption is greatest in France. The US ranks 17th among countries.

The first part of the book explores the history of wine, the "terroir" (how the climate, soil type, etc. affect the grape), the various types of grape (e.g., merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, riesling, and sauvignon blanc among many others), what happens in the vineyard, the winemaking process, and the style of wines (sparkling, rose, etc).

With that context as background, the book then begins a country by country examination of grapes and wines throughout the world. Countries featured include the usual suspects, such as France, Italy, Spain, the United States, Germany (and Austria and Switzerland), Portugal, and so on.
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By exinocactus on September 18, 2011
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A comprehensive, illustrated guide on wines of the world. Can be used as a short reference by any beginner wine lover :)
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By Carol A. on August 21, 2014
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great deal!
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