The single most important factor in shaping the flavor of a wine is the grape variety it is made from. It determines 90 percent of the flavor of a wine and is the key to appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of every wine we drink. Here for the first time is a book that illuminates wine from this viewpoint. Every grape variety the wine enthusiast is likely to encounter is described but the key to this book's appeal is the author's analysis of the complex web of relationships between the world's grape varieties and the taste of wine.
In addition to the author's expert commentary, this beautifully illustrated book includes a detailed atlas of the distribution of grape vines, showing how varieties have travelled the world and just what decisions great estates have made about what vine type grows in which field. Also included is a comprehensive illustrated gazetteer of the qualities and distribution of more than 1,000 different vine varieties.
"This is the most important book about wine since Mr. Hugh Johnson's The World Atlas of Wine of 1970". - The Economist