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Understanding Vineyard Soils

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ISBN-13: 978-0195311259
ISBN-10: 0195311256
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"This book was well structured, informative, and a delight to read. ... I highly recommend it to upper division and graduate viticulture, enology, and agronomy students, as well as to professionals in the wine industry. This book should also appeal to wine enthusiasts who strive to understand the natural origins of the interesting flavors, aromas, and textures that embody the liquid poetry we call wine." --Susan S. Hubbard, Vadose Zone Journal

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Robert White has had an outstanding international career in soil, water and nutrient management for more than 40 years. After working for many years in broad-acre agriculture, he turned his attention to the fascinating interaction between soil and the flavor and aromas of wines world-wide, a topic that happily marries sensory pleasure with science.

Books by same author White, R. E. 2006. Principles and Practice of Soil Science. Fourth Edition, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 363 pp (being translated into Portuguese) (limp) Third edition, 1997. Blackwell Science, Oxford, 348 pp (limp) Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Soil Science, second edition, 1987. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, 244 pp. (also published in an English Language Book Society edition) (limp) White, R.E. Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Soil Science, 1979. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, 198 pp (translation in Italian) (limp) White, R. E. 2003. Soils for Fine Wines, Oxford University Press, New York, 279 pp (hard cover)
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195311256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195311259
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The old standard text was Soils for Fine Wines but this is quite a nice book. Fully up to date on the literal aspects of terroir, the soil beneath the grape vines. Robert White has written extensively on soil science and this book hits on both soil science basics (always in relation to wine grape growing though) and specific vineyard soil issues including climate change, organic viticulture, and sustainability. Modern land management techniques are also discussed, digital soil mapping and remote sensing for example. Good as a text for viticultural studies.
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This book is a rare jewel: very well structured, to the point (206 pages of pure information, no conceptual wandering), thorough (no skimming over subjects). That said, this book is for viticultural soil scientists, budding viticulturists or wine making professionals.
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An authoratitive reference on vinyard soils with good examples from around the world. The prodcution format of the book however could be much better, with illustrations on the same page as the reference and better quality photography.
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If you are studying wine this is a good book not for the layman seeking general information. But because I am studying for my WSET Diploma, this book helped me understand the soils grapes like to grow on. Can get a bit technical. Price for this type of book is correct. Shipped and arrived on time. Thanks again Amazon.
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This book is informative would be more useful if pictures were in color on some soil displayed. But very technical and may be handy in the future.
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Better source if you have insomnia....but having said that....I do think it was a great purchase. It broke down vineyard soils like a Mo-Fo.
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