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From the Publisher
Emile Peynaud''s Le Gout du Vin has long been considered the
definitive book on winetasting by professional tasters. Now, this
new English language second edition makes his timeless classic
truly accessible to a new generation of American readers.
The Taste of Wine is Peynaud''s complete examination of the science
and practice of winetasting, with detailed treatment of the senses
and how they function, tasting techniques and problems, wine
balance and quality, winetasting vocabulary, training, and the art
of drinking. A brilliant synthesis of the Bordeaux and
Burgundy/Beaujolais schools of tasting, Peynaud''s unique method
combines the subjective description of wine with well-established
scientific principles--forming an approach which is definitive,
comprehensive, and free of esoteric jargon.
With a foreword by Michael Broadbent, this edition features Michael
Schuster''s excellent translation, which retains all of the wit and
sparkle of the original while remaining faithful to Peynaud''s
precise vocabulary. The text is beautifully complemented by a
carefully selected range of illustrations and full-color
photographs, which give full expression to the principles and
spirit of the book.
As vital to increasing our understanding of winetasting as it is to
enhancing our appreciation of wine, The Taste of Wine will be
savored by professionals and amateurs for generations to
This English translation of Emile Peynaud''s Le Gout du Vin brings
a new edition of this classic French work to an American audience
for the first time. Erudite yet accessible, as beautifully written
as it is scientifically documented, The Taste of Wine is, quite
simply, the complete guide to the science and practice of
winetasting. Covering all of the essential elements of the subject,
from the physiology and experience of the senses to tasting
techniques, vocabulary, training, and quality assessment,
Peynaud''s singular approach is a masterful combination of the
empirical and statistical styles of winetasting--a blend as
distinctive and enduring as wine itself.
Whether you are an oenologist, wine producer, wine merchant,
restaurateur, or informed consumer, The Taste of Wine is now yours
to enjoy . . .