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The Taste of Wine: The Art and Science of Wine Appreciation, 2nd Edition Hardcover – October 14, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0471113768 ISBN-10: 047111376X Edition: 2nd

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

From the Publisher

This English language translation by Michael Schuster of this new, second edition of Le Gout du Vin is a complete examination of the process and practice of tasting wine. Attractive and well-illustrated, it covers the visual aspects of wine, sense of smell, taste and tasters, and errors in perception. It includes a wine tasting vocabulary and other elements essential to evaluating a wine's quality. Intended for the wine enthusiast, the wine maker and merchant, and the wine buyer this book provides a practical guide to evaluating wine quality.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (October 14, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047111376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471113768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,162,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the premier wine book for understanding the taste and texture of wine.
BigBoy_Sonoma
For those who really want to get into wine on a deeper level, Emile Peynaud is truly one of the great writers and teachers of wine.
Ellisa Cooper
Very descriptive and an excellent resourse for winetasting terminology and research.
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96 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1997
Format: Hardcover
First of all, this is the essential text for anybody serious
in developing the skills and the vocabulary to discuss the
taste components of wine. Solid reference books on the
subject of wine do not come along every year. Last year
two titles by Remington Norman (Rhone Renaissance and
his second edition of Great Domaines of Burgundy) could
be added to that pantheon. But for every serious book like
Emile Peynaud's or Remington Norman's, there are dozens
regurgitating reviews on a 100 point scale from trade
publications. A second edition of this classic text could
have been a special event, but instead John Wiley & Sons
chose to add a couple of paragraphs of new text and
repackage it as a new edition. How could one possibly
improve upon the original seminal work? We do not know
because this effort seems to have been knocked off in a
lazy afternoon. I read most of both and found whole
chapters left intact. A true second edition may have
incorporated photos (more than the four included)
such as those found in the original French Le Gout du Vin.
But until then the first English translation is still in print
(ISBN0-932664-64-4) at a better price $39.95 vs. $54.95.
This is an amazing book, but its new format is a bit
disingenuous.
Michael Stratton
wineguild@aol.co
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kent Benson on March 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This second edition is little more than a repackaging of the first edition, and a poor one at that. Even in the preface to the second edition, collaborator Jacques Blouin offers no specific examples of updates to the first edition. There is a new chapter, The Interpretation of Tasting Tests, which is somewhat interesting, but the first edition is complete without it. This second edition has only a summarized contents page versus a very detailed version in the first edition. Incidentally, the second edition does not come with the dust jacket pictured. (Twice, I attempted to secure one with a dust jacket, to no avail) It has a blank, solid black front and back cover. To add insult to injury, the second edition is almost four times the price of the first. Buy the first edition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tufi Neder Meyer on February 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Prof. Emile Peynaud has revolutionized winemaking practices, initially at Bordeaux and France and, from such fulcral places, in the whole world. Procedures now taken for granted, like production lowering, using only good grapes, cleanliness and extensive use of inox steel, are linked to his heritage. A lifelong teacher of Enology, Peynaud examines, in this book, the scientific foundations of tasting, in a way easily understandable, even for the novice. His writing style is tipically french and quite agreeable. A must for winelovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tom delong on September 10, 2013
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I purchased this book for a class and it is extremely dry reading. Its translated from French and the author really talks in circles . He uses none traditional words as though he deliberately searched a thesaurus for the words. I would not recommend this book, there are better written ones available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigBoy_Sonoma on January 10, 2014
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This is the premier wine book for understanding the taste and texture of wine. The translator has done an excellent job of taking difficult French expressions and concepts and translating them into readable english.

Secondly the merchant was quick to send the box.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim vinson on June 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Very technical and informative. This is a great book for a wine drinker. I learned very much from this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellisa Cooper on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For those who really want to get into wine on a deeper level, Emile Peynaud is truly one of the great writers and teachers of wine. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to really "get it"!
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