From the Publisher
"With "1001 Wines," you'll learn about, and hope for, a taste of some of the world's most sought-after wines." ~San Francisco Chronicle
"But this massive tome goes way beyond the vapid approach of so many such works, with tasty tidbits and inside information on a masterfully chosen list." ~The Star Tribune
“The list is not of the greatest wines or of authors’ favorites; instead, it includes intriguing, historical, and influential wines. All of them can be purchased, although some are rare and expensive.” ~Library Journal
Whether you're a wine newbie or an acknowledged connoisseur, 1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die will increase your taste bud vocabulary. This luxurious, gargantuan volume is designed for endless browsing: Each of the 1001 entries describes an individual vintage, its origin, history, character, and a critique of its qualities. Divided into four sections (red, white, sparkling, fortified), the book covers both classic vineyard regions that every wine lover must know, but also recently emerging wine countries, too.
The latest entries in the series aim to entertain as well as provoke discussion and controversy. A variety of international food/wine writers contributed to both books. Becket (editor, The World of Fine Wine magazine) organizes chapters in 1001 Wines by red, white, sparkling, and fortified wines, listing entries alphabetically by producer. Both vintage and nonvintage wines are included. Advice is given on whether to drink specific wines now and how long the wines should age. The list is not of the greatest wines or of authors' favorites; instead, it includes intriguing, historical, and influential wines. All of them can be purchased, although some are rare and expensive.
In 1001 Foods, London-based food journalist Case covers a wide variety-from meats, vegetables, cheeses, and desserts to condiments and aromatics, from the everyday to the rare and exotic. Each essay includes a description of the expected taste. If necessary, the entry will inform the reader whether the item is rare or endangered. Overall, both books are fun to read, with descriptive writing and excellent photography. They are meant to be enjoyed, not necessarily read cover to cover but skimmed or read selectively. These aren't essential for public libraries, but the other books in the series are widely held.