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The Wine Lover's Companion Paperback – March, 1995
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For its purposes, it's great.
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.
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.Read more ›
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An everything wine guide. This book is very well laid out and easy to read. You can literally give yourself the basis for wine knowledge in this book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by osapientia
def not what I was expecting and hoping for. I did not like how it was lay'ed out and I returned it!! go to borders and look at it before buying it on here!!Published on June 1, 2010 by Mr.BLB
As a companion to Food Lovers Companion, it is a great reference especially to the "new" with wine.Published on July 12, 2009 by James R. Fulton
Although written in a dictionary format, I have been known to sit down and just read through the book. A wealth of information, and an easy, quick look-up when necessary. Read morePublished on June 19, 2009 by vicki
I should have written this long ago, better late than never I suppose.
I started with the 1st edition, purchased in 1996 at the CIA in Napa. Read more
A very informative, necessary book for the budding wine drinker and beyond. I highly recommend having this book, even if you don't drink wine, because the information about wine... Read morePublished on February 5, 2009 by Night Reader