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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Contrary to popular belief, this is not a winemaking textbook, rather it is a great look into the process of winemaking as it would pertain to a wine industry employee or wine expert. Anyone seriously trying to make wine should either view 'From Vines to Wines' by Jeff Cox (for home winemakers) or attend UC Davis (for large scale winemakers).

As a Master of Wine student, I have found this to be a great addition to my wine library. Paired with the Oxford Wine Companion and Halliday's 'The Art and Science of Wine' this makes for a solid read.

Pros: beautiful diagrams, great writing, wonderful knowledge
Cons: some topics lack depth, paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very clear and straightforward description of the winemaking process and the choices winemakers have to make when buying equipment and choosing among alternative process. Anyone who wants to delve into how wine goes from grapes to wine will find this book a valuable read and will clearly understand all the various and many choices winemakers have to make. In addition to interested observers it will also be found useful by the home winemaker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2008
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This book is a great introduction to wine science for the non-scientist. It is well written and thorough. While it's not a book for someone who's looking for information on how to troubleshoot problems in the winery or find answers to exactly what kind of equipment would be best for their unique situation, it does explain many different types of equipment, wine-making techniques, and the science behind the process. It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in working in or starting up a winery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a wine professional (non-winemaker) who wanted to understand better the science behind making wine in preparation for the WSET Diploma and possibly MW. This book was perfect! As others have said, it is approachable by a non-scientist, but without being "dumbed-down". I keep it as a reference source for any basic oenology questions that come along.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2007
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I have been in the sales end of the wine business for nearly 20 years, in restaurants and wholesale / supply end. This is a great tool to take your knowledge a step further than just what you learn from tastings. Easy to understand and well structured format, it gives the wine enthusiast insight into the "whys" of wine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2007
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Excellent book, covers a very good breadth of topics including many that my other books don't cover. Not extremely in-depth, but it covers the topic completely. I would highly recommend it.
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on June 19, 2008
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I purchased this book for a course I will take in winemaking and finished the book before the class started. Good layman's description of the art and technology of wine making for the beginner winemaker who wants to start learning more than just hobbyist level.
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on February 23, 2014
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Concise and gives a great quick overview of a tremendously complex and ever changing subject. Read it prior to taking a weekend wine chemistry course at uc Davis and it was perfect to catch me up.
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on February 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be an excellent introduction into the process of making wine. It was a very interesting book at an appropriate level for a novice.
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on April 23, 2013
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great book for beginners to get a little more knowlage in what went into that bottle of wine they love
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