5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Clarity and Finesse,
This review is from: Making Sense Of Wine (Paperback)
"At their best, wine grapes give voice to the earth."
Matt Kramer does a great job of mingling the history of wine with the enjoyment of wine tasting. He thoroughly explains in a very engaging manner, just what it is that we are tasting when we say we like a wine. Further, he says it's fine to simply like a wine but when you combine your preference with knowledge you can begin to appreciate wine more fully. You can, for example, not like the taste of a particular wine and yet know that it is an excellent wine in spite of your dislike.
He's not keen of the judging of wines. Judging wines by scoring them on a 1-100 scale makes wine seem mechanistic as though it were a precise manufactured substance that can be assigned an exact grade and that it deserves one as well. This approach does not allow wine to make sense; it just makes it orderly and competitive.
What is lacking is a more fundamental sense of what makes a good wine good. Matt Kramer spells it out for us with clarity and finesse.