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Extensively revised to include developments in the global wine industry, this book combines detailed reference with practical advice on how to enjoy wine to the full. Including a star-rating system for every producer entry, the book begins with an analysis of wine and how it is made, with all aspects - from vine to winery and cellar - covered in full. It explores the main grape varieties, the wine styles they produce and the effects of soil and climate on the character of the wine. An in-depth tour of the world''s wine-producing countries and their wine regions details the major producers and the estates themselves, giving critical insight into their winemaking traditions. A practical section on enjoying wine includes how to serve and store wine, and matching wine with food.