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The World Encyclopedia of Wine
by Stuart Walton

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Walton's colorfully illustrated primer begins with fundamentals of tasting, storing, and selecting appropriate wines to accompany culinary fare. A section on grape varieties follows, divided by country of origin. The spirited text rings with descriptive phrases, from succinct remarks ("cool-ripening") to exuberantly detailed ones ("big, rich, upfront, some savory herb character and good weight"). Encyclopedic listings provide easy access to wine-producing countries, with alluring photography and illustrations of maps and labels contributing to explanations of wine characteristics in highlighted regions. Walton can strike the perfect note of brevity; he likens Merlot to "Cabernet without tears," because the wine does not require aging. His instructive commentary should delight readers seeking a greater depth of knowledge. Alice Joyce

Large hardback, 1998, 256pages, book is in very good condition

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