- Hardcover: 636 pages
- Publisher: Vendange Press (May 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983729239
- ISBN-13: 978-0983729235
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wine Myths and Reality Hardcover – May 16, 2013
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About the Author
Benjamin Lewin MW has written a series of critically acclaimed books on wine. His books have been short listed for the prestigious André Simon and Roederer wine book awards. One of only 300 Masters of Wine, and the founding Editor of Cell journal, he brings a unique combination of qualifications in wine and science to bear on the world of wine. He also writes the myths and realities column in the World of Fine Wine, and contributes to Decanter magazine. He divides his time between the eastern United States and the wine-growing regions of Europe, and is presently working on his next book.
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Having devoted considerable time and effort to plowing through this massive volume, I'm left with the sense Lewin never really decided what this book should be. It's not a survey or basic reference on the order of Johnson's "World Atlas," although it does include a "touch 'em all" review of just about every wine producing region in the world. It isn't a screed along the lines of Nossiter's "Liquid Memory," although Lewin does sprinkle the book with observations about the esthetics of wine, the role of wine criticism and related topics. It isn't an expose like Brook's "Bordeaux - People, Power and Politics," yet Lewin does go out of his way to debunk what he views as "wine myths" and to stir up some controversy. He touches on just about everything -- what is terroir, or does it even exist? What about organic and biodynamic wine? Is any wine really "natural"? Is it really possible to be a "non-interventionist" winemaker? Why rely on natural yeasts instead of inoculating with "industrial" varieties? Noteworthy wine scandals and the adulteration of wine. The sad state of most Beaujolais today. Name just about any hot button topic in the modern wine universe, and Lewin will at least give it a nod in this volume. And scientist that he is, Lewin will give you plenty of empirical data as he goes along.
So, what is this book? My title calls the book a "roller coaster," and that is truly how it feels to take the whole ride from cover to cover. The book covers an enormous amount of territory yet it never seems to know where it's headed. It's like going on an extended hitchhiking trip with a very savvy traveling companion. You'll have good times and not so good, you'll be bored some of the time and thrilled some of the time. You'll pick up a lot of insight along the way, but you may not know what your destination is or get there if you do know. When it's all over you'll be glad you did it, but you may not want to do it again.
I like the way data and graphs are being presented in the book - intuitive and informative.