The different flavours we detect in wine is one of the greatest pleasures in drinking wine. This unique study by an award-winning author examines where these flavours come from and what makes them the way they are.
Despite its importance to all of our lives, most people know very little about flavour. It may seem strange to say it but this is also true of most wine drinkers, even though the single most important feature about wine – any wine – is its taste. The sort of tasting notes which you get on supermarket wine bottles don’t offer any real insights into flavour nor do most of the hundreds of books on every conceivable aspect of making and consuming wine, many of which barely mention flavour.
Simply put, this book is about the taste of wine, about knowing which flavours a good wine ought and ought not to have, and being able to assess a wine for the presence and absence of those flavours. Knowing what tastes to look for and how to look for them are at the heart of appreciating a wine.
So who should read this book? Anyone who wants to know about wines: who wants to know about what happens when they taste wines, what tastes they should be looking for in wine and how they should go about looking for them.
Appreciating Wine provides a basic understanding of the mechanism of tasting and sets out the main sorts of flavour which are to be found in wines. It describes how these flavours arise and how to go about finding them in a wine. Finally, it explains the language of flavour and shows how to discover those flavours by using the right techniques and equipment.
The book also examines a number of well-known wines and describes their taste, using their Flavour Signatures, a novel and easily-understood graphic device which lets you identify at a glance the presence and strength of individual flavours in a particular wine.
Ultimately, Appreciating Wine will enable you to develop your own evaluations of the character and quality of the wine you drink, rather than having to receive them second-hand from other sources.
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There is an undoubted social cachet in being able to ‘appreciate’ a good wine. But wine shouldn’t be viewed as a code given only to an elite to crack. It is a delicious pleasure open to all and in 'Appreciating Wine', everyone, whatever their expertise, is offered detailed, structured tuition on developing their palates for ‘the sensational liquid’.
Appreciation, however, is more than mere enjoyment; it requires knowledge and evaluation and the aim of this witty, entertaining and highly informative book is to let you understand exactly why you taste what you do and so be able to make informed judgements about what you are drinking.
Phillip Hills guides you through the whole tasting process. You will learn about the different types of grapes, the different growing conditions, regional variations and what each of the stages of the production process brings to the final product . With this grounding, you will be introduced to the various chemical processes at work during maturation that give each wine its distinct characteristics. Finally, you will be taught how to organise a formal tasting session. Armed with this information, you will ultimately be able to develop your own evaluations of the character and quality of wine you drink, rather than receive them second-hand from other books.
Everything you need to know about appreciating wine, technically and culturally, is here – the perfect book for the aspiring wine buff.About the Author:
PHILLIP HILLS was a founder of the Scotch Malt Whisky Association. While whisky is his first love, he has vast experience of many distilled and fermented drinks.
He has great knowledge of both wines and spirits.
His first book, Appreciating Whisky was a runner-up for the Glenfidich Drinks Book of the Year 2001.
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Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0007101538