Oz Clarke's New Essential Wine Book: An Indispensable Guide to the Wines of the World

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Oz Clarke's perennial bestseller The Essential Wine Book is one of the most original and diverting wine volumes ever published. Now this conversational encyclopedia of wine, which provides complete coverage of all wine regions of the world, has been revised, updated, and expanded to reflect the latest changes in the fast-developing world of wine.

Clarke's extraordinary wine-tasting talents and eloquence combine in this beautifully illustrated book to produce a resource for every...

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Overview

Oz Clarke's perennial bestseller The Essential Wine Book is one of the most original and diverting wine volumes ever published. Now this conversational encyclopedia of wine, which provides complete coverage of all wine regions of the world, has been revised, updated, and expanded to reflect the latest changes in the fast-developing world of wine.

Clarke's extraordinary wine-tasting talents and eloquence combine in this beautifully illustrated book to produce a resource for every wine lover, whether a newcomer or a longtime aficionado. With his trademark combination of hard facts and breezy practical advice, Clarke outlines what makes each wine work — what it tastes like, why it's different from its neighbors, and most important, whether it is worth seeking out.

Each chapter covers a different wine-producing region of the world and includes:

  • A lively introduction to the region, with useful maps and a full description of grape varieties cultivated and wine styles produced
  • Evocative descriptions of the taste of the region's wines, explanations of how to read the local wine labels, evaluations of recent vintages, and recommendations for enjoying these wines with food
  • Vintage ratings and tasting notes, along with useful summaries of the value-for-money and availability of specific wine styles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743286688
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 11/29/2005
  • Edition description: Fully Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Oz Clarke is one of the world's most celebrated wine authorities, distinguished for a unique writing style that renders his books both entertaining and informative. His passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at a precociously early age. Since then his tasting skills have won him an international reputation and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today. He has won all the major wine writing awards both in the UK and the USA, including the Glenfiddich (three times), Andrè Simon, Wine Guild (three times), James Beard, Julia Child, World Food Media, and Lanson (five times) awards. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The World of Wine 8
Choosing Wine 10
Tasting Wine 14
Storing and Buying Wine 18
Serving Wine 20
From Vine to Wine 22
Glossary 26
Vintage Guide 28
France
Introduction 30
Wine Regions 32
Bordeaux 34
The Medoc Region 39
Margaux 45
St-Julien 46
Pauillac 48
St-Estephe 49
Haut-Medoc 51
Medoc 52
St-Emilion 53
Pomerol 57
Graves and Pessac-Leognan 60
Sauternes 63
Other Bordeaux Wines 66
Burgundy 68
Generic Burgundy Wines 72
Chablis 74
Cote d'Or 77
Cote Chalonnaise 87
Maconnais 90
Beaujolais 93
Champagne 96
Rhone 106
Northern Rhone 107
Southern Rhone 112
Loire 116
Muscadet/Pays Nantais 118
Anjou 120
Touraine 122
Central and Upper Loire 124
Sweet Loire Wines 126
Alsace 128
Jura and Savoie 133
Provence and Corsica 134
Languedoc-Roussillon 137
South-West France 142
Germany
Introduction 146
Wine Regions 148
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 150
Rhine Valley 155
Ahr and Mittelrhein 156
Rheingau 157
Nahe 160
Rheinhessen 163
Pfalz 166
Baden-Wurttemberg 169
Hessische Bergstrasse 171
Franken 172
Saale-Unstrut and Sachsen 175
Sweet German Wines 176
Italy
Introduction 178
Wine Regions 180
North-West Italy 182
Piedmont 183
Valle d'Aosta 186
Liguria 187
Lombardy 187
North-East Italy 188
Alto Adige 189
Trentino 191
Veneto 192
Friuli-Venezia Giulia 194
Central Italy 196
Tuscany 197
Emilia-Romagna 202
Marche 202
Umbria 203
Abruzzo and Molise 203
Lazio 203
Southern Italy 204
Spain
Introduction 208
Wine Regions 210
North-East Spain 212
Rioja 213
Catalonia 215
North-West Spain 218
Galicia 219
Castilla y Leon 220
Central Spain 221
Southern Spain 222
Sherry 223
Portugal 226
Northern Portugal 227
Port and Douro Table Wines 228
Central Portugal 231
Madeira 232
England & Wales 234
Switzerland 236
Austria 239
Eastern Europe 244
Czech Republic, Slovakia and CIS States 245
Hungary 246
Romania 248
Western Balkans 249
Bulgaria 250
East Mediterranean 252
USA
Introduction 254
Wine Regions 256
California 258
Northern California 259
Sonoma 260
Napa 264
Carneros 268
Central Coast 270
Central Valley 273
Pacific North-West 274
East Coast 278
Canada 280
Mexico 281
South America 282
Chile 283
Argentina 285
Australia
Introduction 286
Wine Regions 288
New South Wales 290
Victoria 293
South Australia 296
Western Australia 300
Tasmania 302
Queensland 303
New Zealand 304
North Island 306
South Island 308
South Africa 310
North Africa 315
ASIA 315
Index 316
Photo Acknowledgments 320
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