- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sterling Epicure; 5.2.2010 edition (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402777302
- ISBN-13: 978-1402777301
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oz Clarke: Grapes & Wines: A Comprehensive Guide to Varieties and Flavours Paperback – June 1, 2010
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I am more bothered by what I perceive to be personal bias in the comments made about quality. While we all have our own taste preferences, books such as this should at least acknowledge that the material reflects their own palate choices. In the grape variety section, this seems easily recognized in entries such as Aglianico, given barely a mention, although one of the finest age worthy red grapes of Italy, found in some of its finest wines. The producer list for Aglianico also fails to mention Fucci, one of its great producers, who just received a ninth consecutive Tre Bicchiere award for their Aglianico. Similar snubs and omissions, some with undeserved negative comment, are present throughout the grape variety section of the book, to its detriment.
My suggestion would be to utilize the factual aspects of the book, but understand that some of the comments on grapes and wines are not widely shared by other experienced wine writers and regional experts, and that fact checking has been a bit lax; try the wines yourself to see how they please your own palate and do not expect everything to taste like cab or merlot (thankfully). Enjoy the diversity of wine from your own experience, not from the established, and frequently non-objective opinion of others.