Oz Clarke's New Essential Wine Book: An Indispensable Guide to Wines of the World

by Oz Clarke

Touchstone | December 20, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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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 produced
  • 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 food
  • Vintage ratings and tasting notes, along with useful summaries of the value-for-money and availability of specific wine styles

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.12 × 10.75 × 0.8 in

Published: December 20, 2005

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743286685

ISBN - 13: 9780743286688

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Oz Clarke's New Essential Wine Book: An Indispensable Guide to Wines of the World

by Oz Clarke

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.12 × 10.75 × 0.8 in

Published: December 20, 2005

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743286685

ISBN - 13: 9780743286688

About the Book

Oz Clarke brings a fresh, no-nonsense, and often controversial approach to wine and adds a special sparkle to this encyclopedic reference with his humor, enthusiasm and erudition. Over 700 illustrations and maps in full color.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction The World of Wine Choosing Wine Tasting Wine Storing and Buying Wine Serving Wine From Vine to Wine Glossary Vintage Guide FRANCE Introduction Wine Regions Bordeaux The Médoc Region Margaux St-Julien Pauillac St-Estèphe Haut-Médoc Médoc St-Émilion Pomerol Graves and Pessac-Léognan Sauternes Other Bordeaux Wines Burgundy Generic Burgundy Wines Chablis Côte d''Or Côte Chalonnaise Mâconnais Beaujolais Champagne Rhône Northern Rhône Southern Rhône Loire Muscadet/Pays Nantais Anjou Touraine Central and Upper Loire Sweet Loire Wines Alsace Jura and Savoie Provence and Corsica Languedoc-Roussillon South-West France GERMANY Introduction Wine Regions Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Rhine Valley Ahr and Mittelrhein Rheingau Nahe Rheinhessen Pfalz Baden-Württemberg Hessische Bergstrasse Franken Saale-Unstrut and Sachsen Sweet German Wines ITALY Introduction Wine Regions North-West Italy Piedmont Valle d''Aosta Liguria Lombardy North-East Italy Alto Adige Trentino Veneto Friuli-Venezia Giulia Central Italy Tuscany Emilia-Romagna Marche Umbria Abruzzo and Molise Lazio Southern Italy SPAIN Introduction Wine Regions North-East Spain Rioja Catalonia North-West Spain Galicia Castilla y León Central Spain Southern Spain Sherry PORTUGAL Northern Portugal Port and Douro Table Wines Central Portugal Madeira ENGLAND & WALES SWITZERLAND AUSTRALIA EASTERN EUROP
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From the Publisher

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 produced
  • 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 food
  • Vintage ratings and tasting notes, along with useful summaries of the value-for-money and availability of specific wine styles

About the Author

Oz Clarke is one of the world''s most celebrated wine authorities, distinguished for a unique writing style that renders his books both entertaining and informative. Renowned worldwide for his virtually infallible palate, accessible writing, and down-to-earth wine criticism, he has twice received the prestigious Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the Year Award. His books have gathered countless prizes, including the Glenfiddich Drink Book of the Year Award, the André Simon Wine Book of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, the Wine Guild Premier Award, and most recently a Julia Child Cookbook award. He is also host of the multimedia CD-ROM Oz Clarke''s Wine Guide. He lives in London.

Editorial Reviews

"The Essential Wine Book...is the best introductory text to wine and the most enjoyable to read."

-- Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate

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