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Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2009 Edition Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 7, 2008
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Unfortunately a few obvious errors make it feel a bit cobbled together, and they aren't in areas of the book I would have believed to just be about a recent update. For example, in the section on Australia, the main white grape varieties have Merlot listed but the section on Aussie reds has Semillon. I understand it's upside down world there, but I'm pretty sure this is incorrect. In another it says "Two of the best DOCG Tuscan wines come from... Barbaresco and Barolo." (This is under the correct Piedmont section) A few other examples are found in the book.
None of these errors are disqualifying by any means. If you have any common sense at all you won't be more than momentarily confused. So I still highly recommend the book.
The book is large, thick, beautifully detailed, colorful and full of great information. The price was amazing, too. Both of my sons are enjoying this book and I feel I was able to make the right decision about which wine book to buy because I read several reviews before I ordered.
This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in wine.
Still, if you want to learn wines this is a great place to start. I would buy it again even without the links but I rated them only 4 stars because of the missing material online.