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From the Publisher
Who first had the idea of letting grapes ferment to produce a
drink? Wine has been known at least since Biblical times: today, it
is grown and drunk all over the world, from the finest "grand crus"
of Bordeaux and Burgundy to the latest impressive vintages coming
from the New World.
"The Book of Wine" guides you through the vineyards and cellars of
the world, taking the reader on a fascinating tour of the history,
production, character, and variety of different methods of good
wine, and the people who produce it. Celebrating the diversity of
wine production round the world, the book explorers grape-picking
in Sauternes, a Portuguese porto-producing quinto, an Australian
flying winemaker, and follows the history of bottling and corking
from Slovenia to Russia, from the United States to Portugal.
Novices and wine experts alike will find this lavishly illustrated
volume a compelling read. From the fascinating stories of cellarmen
and wine tasters to in-depth profiles of estates and collectors of
vintage wines, "The Book of Wine" provides an intriguing glimpse of
the secrets behind the bottle on the store shelf. a Connoisseur''s
Guide at the back of the book provides practical details on grape
varieties and vintages, along with an indispensible lexicon
describing and explaining the intricacies of the wine-making