This fully revised and updated edition of Michael Broadbent’s award-winning classic—the first book in English on the topic—demystifies this complex subject for beginners and experts alike. Few experts are as skilled as Broadbent in the subject, and he guides readers through the first principles of tasting, providing detailed explanations of the influences of grape variety, soil, and climate. Every aspect is covered: the elements that affect a wine’s appearance, “nose,” and flavor. In addition, he summarizes the regional characteristics and vintages of each country. Finally, there are detailed tips on organizing tastings, as well as storing and serving wine.