Introduction 1. Getting the Most Out of Wine 2. How Wine Is Made 3. Wine Grape Varieties 4. The World of Wine France Italy Spain Portugal Germany Austria Switzerland Central & Eastern Europe Mediterranean Countries USA Rest of North America Australia New Zealand South Africa Other Countries Vintage Guide Where to Buy Wine How to Find Out More Index
Jancis Robinson is an internationally acclaimed wine writer and broadcaster. The only British journalist to have qualified as a Master of Wine, she has worked as wine columnist for the Sunday Times, the New York--based Wine Spectator, and the Financial Times. She is the author of more than ten books, including The Oxford Companion to Wine.
As elegant and meticulously laid out as a posh wine shop, this companion to the BBC series of the same title by Financial Times wine columnist Robinson brims with the kind of facts, advice and trivia that will likely enthrall aspiring oenophiles but may overwhelm dilettantes. Robinson, a congenial raconteur, divides this course into four long chapters, each providing a deep immersion into a different facet of the wine world‘and each punctuated by splashy photographs and charts. "Getting the Most Out of Wine" demonstrates how to open, serve and order the stuff; "How Wine is Made" reveals how the grapes are harvested, fermented and bottled; the last chapters catalogue the hundreds of varieties of wine and the world's vineyards, from those in France and Italy to less prominent regions in Argentina, South Africa and New Zealand. The book is bursting with short glossaries and sidebars, addressing the esoteric (wine-scoring systems) and the pragmatic (pronunciation; varieties of corkscrews). A short vintage guide and an index are included, but no comprehensive glossary. Readers with income and patience enough for the trial and error that a wine education requires will find that this manual is best read over time, in conjunction with regular samplings of the wines showcased. The novice looking for a simple handbook to help navigate a wine retailer or a restaurant list may be better served by the Windows on the World Wine Course (see Notes, below). (Oct.)