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The Wine Lover's Companion Paperback – March, 1995

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Rich facts and details about wine spice a compendium of wine information, from grape varieties and ordering wine to understanding the world's wine-growing regions. More than 3500 wine-related terms are explained in a fine dictionary-style presentation. -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812014790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812014792
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,866,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wasn't aware that this was a dictionary of wine terms when I ordered it, so I wanted other prospective buyers to be aware that that's what this is. It is not written like a regular book.

For its purposes, it's great.
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I am suprised that I am the first to review this book. I bought this book on the recommendation of someone who has been in the wine industry for 19 years. I, too, am in the wine biz and purchased this when I was starting and my knowledge was very limited. This book contains information on all words and terms associated with wine, from the genreal to the specific. It contains definitions for grapes, appellations, technical and scientific terms, wine making terms, etc. It also contains an appendix with useful information such as how to read a label, how to open a bottle, optimal serving temperatures for certain wines, bottle sizes and types, glassware, a wine aroma wheel, French classification systems,statistical tables...just to name some of the topics. Often, I pick up the book and just start flipping through a few pages and read.
This book is just as useful to the wine neophyte as it is to a master sommlier. If you have an interest in learning about wine, you really should have this book...the information inside is worth many times the price of this book.
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The quote on the back cover from Harvey Steiman of the Wine Spectator attracted my attention to this book. He says "Wine Lover's Companion packs a tremendous amount of useful, intriguing information about wine. This book is a joy to use-information is what it is all about." As I browsed through it I could see what he was talking about. I purchased it about a month ago and have learned so much. At 15 bucks it's worth every cent and more. I just got interested in wine about 3 months ago and have looked through a couple of the "introductory" wine books and although they are useful, Wine Lover's Companion is the one I go to first to look up a new term or find out about a wine growing region or how to pronounce something (I haven't seen another wine book address this at all). If you're new to the world of wine this is a must have.
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I'm a budding neophyte, and refer to this book constantly. Whether I'm reading The World Atlas of Wine, the Complete Wine Course, Sotheby's Encyclopedia, Cote d'Or - whatever - I always turn to this book for help. It almost always provides me with the extra information I need to understand what I'm reading in the other books - and it comes with pronunciations!! While the information isn't as in-depth as The Oxford Companion to Wine, it is certainly easier to carry around. And again, there's that bit about the pronunciations...you have to have that...how else are you going to know, unless you're French or speak French, that Echezeaux, an important Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy, is pronounced ay-shuh-ZOH.
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I too am surprised there are not more reviews on this book. I notice that the first edition (The New Wine Lover's Companion is the second edition) received a 5 star rating from Amazon reviewers. I have the first Wine Lover's Companion and couldn't do without it. This updated version is even better. As the introduction indicates much has been added regarding countries like Australia, Chile, and New Zealand. It also contains more viticultural and winemaking terms and the Appendix section is even better. I was slightly disappointed to see that wine producers had been dropped but I realize that the new book has grown to 667 pages. So I think the authors were right in doing this. This book is packed with information-the owner of a wine bar I frequent is always using it to look up information and so far it has not disappointed. And last but not least are the phonetic pronunciations that exist throughout the book to help those of us who sometimes stumble over some of the foreign terms. Kudos to the Herbsts. I would give the New Wine Lover's Companion 6 stars if that were possible.
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I work part-time in the wine industry and found this book to be a wonderfully comprehensive, concise resource on wine growing, making and drinking. (There's a great companion book by the same authors on food.)
The sample pages show the depth of the definitions. The book is not nearly as detailed as Jancis Robinson's The Oxford Companion to Wine--which all serious wine industry people should have in their library. But neither is it as expensive nor as cumbersome. You can actually take this book to a wine tasting or have it beside you at a wine event or in a tasting room.
This is not simply for wine "drinkers" --comparing varietals, regions and/or vintages. It does give generic information to the wine drinker: types of wine and grapes, taste (earthy, fruity), typical cellaring time, what makes a good representation of that wine. But it doesn't give information on a specific bottle of wine. That's more appropriate in a time sensitive format.
But this book does cover the whole spectrum of winegrowing to wine drinking. It's a good resource for:
· An introductory winegrowing (viticulture) class since it explains the various bacteria, mildew, grape components, etc.
· An introductory winemaking (enology) class since it explains fermentation (primary, stuck and malolactic), brettanomyces, chaptalization, etc.
· Wine drinkers who have an occasional question about a grape varietal, a wine region or a wine term.
It is not the MOST comprehensive resource. That would be the Oxford Companion. But the only person who has found it lacking has been a friend who is studying for the Masters of Wine designation. That's a process that requires you to know all the wines in every country.
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