This stunning book invites the reader into the world of wine through an outstanding collection of beautiful artwork and photography and an informative and infinitely readable text. Through the vineyards and cellars of the world one learns about the history, production, character, and diversity of good wine, and the people who produce and sell it. Since wine is made to be tasted, the author also discussed the character and diversity of good wine, from South African Riesling to Hungarian Tokay. Up-to-date methods of vinification are explained by following a flying winemaker has he hops from continent to continent. The growing fashion for varietal wine turns out to be as much a marketing decision as a wine-making-wine one. Indeed, the nature of the wine tradeand wine speculationalso figures in this book, as does the history of casks, bottles and corks.
Novices and wine experts alike will find this volume, winner of the prestigious Rothschild award for wine publications, a compelling read. The fascinating stories of cellarmen, winetasters, in-depth profiles of estates and collectors of vintage wines are vividly recounted, while a section at the back of the book provides practical details on grape varieties, vintages, along with an indispensable lexicon to describe and understand the world's most noble beverage.