Oz Clarke''s perennial bestseller The Essential Wine Book
is one of the most original and diverting wine volumes ever
published. Now this conversational encyclopedia of wine, which
provides complete coverage of all wine regions of the world, has
been revised, updated, and expanded to reflect the latest changes
in the fast-developing world of wine.
Clarke''s extraordinary wine-tasting talents and eloquence
combine in this beautifully illustrated book to produce a resource
for every wine lover, whether a newcomer or a longtime aficionado.
With his trademark combination of hard facts and breezy practical
advice, Clarke outlines what makes each wine work -- what it tastes
like, why it''s different from its neighbors, and most important,
whether it is worth seeking out.
Each chapter covers a different wine-producing region of the
world and includes:
- A lively introduction to the region, with useful maps and a
full description of grape varieties cultivated and wine styles
- Evocative descriptions of the taste of the region''s wines,
explanations of how to read the local wine labels, evaluations of
recent vintages, and recommendations for enjoying these wines with
- Vintage ratings and tasting notes, along with useful summaries
of the value-for-money and availability of specific wine