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Comment: Condition: Excellent condition., Excellent condition dust jacket. Binding: Oversized Hard cover. / Publisher: Mitchell Beazley / Pub. Date: 2009-04-01 Attributes: Book, 176 pp / Illustrations: Color Photographs Stock#: 2046435 (FBA) * * *This item qualifies for FREE SHIPPING and Amazon Prime programs! * * *
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Heard it Through the Grapevine: The Things You Should Know to Enjoy Wine Hardcover – April 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845334833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845334833
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matt Skinner, branded "London's funkiest sommelier," left his native Australia in 2002 to head up wine at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant in London.  Gifted with the refreshing knack of making wine simple, he has been teaching and writing about wine with his trademark passion and enthusiasm ever since.  Matt lives, works and plays in Melbourne along with wife Carly and daughter Indi.  


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rdavey01 on January 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I bought it in a book store and literally finished it in one day. I love his style of writing and he doesn't bombard you with too much information (you can refer to others books for in-depth details about wine). All in all, a great read for beginners who would like to slowly venture into the wine world, like myself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A. Kremm on September 14, 2009
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This is a pretty good book. Easy to read and lots of interesting bits of info and insights. I feel like I know more about 'the wine experience' without being hit over the head with pomposity and arrogance. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Emmerson on July 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sommeliers and wine books, despite the topic , can be dry affairs - long, drawn out and tough going, even for a chef that has committed to expanding his wine knowledge. Matt's latest title, however, is a real winner; probably the best beginner wine book I ever laid eyes on.

His writing style is super relaxed, and the book's 176 pages completely cover the topic of viticulture -from purchasing and drinking to pairing and properly storing wine. In most cases, only a page of text covers the subtopics, making the book an easy read - the kind of book where you can read a few pages each day and still remember what you read the day before.

The photographs would have what I describe as "magazine style," meaning they don't just add gloss; they add depth to the book and help explain the topic on hand.

In short, Matt's book is well put together, looks good and reads great - so, go grab it, read it and get smarter on wine. You and your sommelier might just end up friends! Cheers Jeremy, GlobalChefs
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Format: Hardcover
I recently finished Matt Skinner's book, "Heard it Through the Grapevine." This is an excellent book for anyone at the beginning of their wine journey. Matt writes in a relaxed manner and easily takes the mystery out of wine. The book begins with the various venues in which one can purchase wine including restaurants. Other topics include corks, screw caps, wine descriptors (colors, aromas, tastes), wine and food matching, wine aging and storage as well as wine auctions. With many photos by Chris Terry, this book is one that you will enjoy sharing with others. Several pages are overprint with black font on vibrant colors that may make those pages difficult to read for those with sight problems. At the end of the book, approximately four pages are about wine and health from Matt's local sources, The Australian Wine Research Institute.
For a more detailed review of the book, visit the Book Review section on the Wine Trail Traveler website.
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