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3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Work BUT!, November 22, 2012
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This review is from: Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours (Hardcover)
This is a fantastic piece of work by Jancis and her team, long awaited by me here in Hong Kong. I went for buying through the US amazon website. Here is the big BUT. Terrible printing and publishing. For a book of this price USD 120 by the time it got to me, the quality of the production of the book leaves a lot to be desired. Print is difficult to read due to poor black and white contrast. For anybody with eyesight issues I strongly advise you do not buy it. Many org charts (now available to download in Purple Pages website - thank you Jancis) are hidden the the spine of the book and hence not legible. What a shame. Hopefully the UK published version is better. As a book of reference I think it will go down in history as definitive but I would wait in the hope the publishers get their act together for future print runs. I would have given this 5 stars but ......
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Initial post: Dec 16, 2012 8:45:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2012 8:48:11 AM PST
Sam Zhao says:
I got this book though the amazon.cn website in China.it's presented the historical background and where the variety gown in the world. But there are only few of color illustrations from Viala and Vermorel's old ampelography,and This books do NOT have any color PHOTOs.This make me very very disappointed. I do hope this books could put rich color digital Photos in reprint.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 12:46:16 PM PST
M. Paterson says:
It would be good to have all those four-colour photo's but that would push the price - and the size - to great lengths.

Posted on May 23, 2013 4:08:57 PM PDT
Reader says:
Thanks very much for the candid review. I strongly agree that the price implies excellent printing and publishing. I will not purchase it, and instead hang on to her 1996 pocket volume Guide to Wine Grapes (unfortunately not available as a Kindle volume.)
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