The Wine Bible
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2014
I'm currently studying for my sommelier certification exam, and this book was at the top of the list for recommended reading.
I read the entire book, highlighting as I went, from cover to cover. It does have plenty of great information for anyone who loves wine and wishes to learn more about the grapes and areas in which they're grown, but for someone who is seriously into wine, I would suggest taking everything you read with a grain of salt.

The book is written VERY subjectively, and halfway through writing flashcards from the material I've highlighted, I've noticed not only quite a few errors, which is to be expected (this book was published in 2001, after all, and a LOT of changes have occurred since then), but even more omissions on the author's part. My studying has gone from making flashcards from 'important' material throughout the book, to having to do backup research on nearly everything I read to ensure that the information is complete and accurate....and 75% of the time, it isn't.

If you're just a wine connoisseur who wants to have a nice reference book on the shelf, this is a great one to have.
If you're more than just a connoisseur, this is still a good book to have handy, but for study purposes, I would highly recommend other books, specifically "Exploring Wine" 3rd edition, by the wine instructors at the Culinary Institute of America, not to mention Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, et. al.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2013
This book has good information but it is so thoroughly lacking in color pictures. The lack of this makes it an ordinary book. It is like reading an old book on gardening - the flowers are all black and white when you see them - you feel let down.
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on April 19, 2013
The Wine Bible was delivered on time and was true to the description. The book is small print and looks like it is thicker than the regular religious bible. Keep as a night reader to wine down before sleep.
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on June 9, 2015
Lots of interesting things, but the book is now a bit old, so I would have to recommend to find another one since this is a subject that evolves.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2007
this book was ok. i expected more from it, but it did have some cool information on where wine came from, just not as much as i wanted on the actual wine itself (taste, type etc. ) i would buy it again however, i just wish i knew that it was more about where wine came from.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2009
The book itself is not as useful as I hoped it would be. I am studing to get my Cerified Wine Specialist certificate and I still cannot find a lot of terms I look up. I do appreciate how quickly the person I bought it from sent it to me. I had it within a few days of ordering.
Thank you very much
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2006
I have to admit I like this book much better than Wine for Dummies, but I still think she went a bit overboard. I felt a bit unsatisfied after completing this book. While I have to give her credit; she knows wine more than any one person I have ever met. I just felt as though she was talking over my head and I had to read the same thing over and over to comprehend.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2005
The author has obviously a vast knowledge on her subject - I have certainly learned many things I didn't know. However she has great difficulties with consistent spelling of the numerous foreign names that are unavoidable in the world of wine. She especially seems to shy away from accented words, and instead of recognizing their value in pronouncing words, she treats them as decorations that can be dropped or added almost as an afterthought.

I hope that a revised edition will correct this shortcoming.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2009
I liked how big the book is, but it doesn't include the Temecula, CA wineries and that is where my family goes all the time.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2008
Talk about not being able to see a tree for the forest. To much information. Definitely, Information Input Overload. Tried to do much, and perhaps did, but way to much info for a beginner.
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