Oz Clarke's Grapes and Wines: The Definitive Guide to the World's Great Grapes and the Wines They Make

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The most influential factor determining the taste of a particular wine is still the grape variety or blend of varieties from which it is made. In this book, Oz Clarke and co-author Margaret Rand cover the 300 or so varieties that really matter, either because they are widely grown in the major wine regions of the world or because they are important ingredients of classic wines. Also included are 17 extended features on the classic grape varieties. Illustrated throughout with photographs and maps, these special features give the reader an insight into the methods used to maximize each grape's potential and an appreciation of the people behind the production of the world's finest wines. An introductory section, "All About Grapes", explores the history of the vine, shows where grapes are grown today and provides information on what happens in modern vineyards and wineries.

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Helpful, thorough and very readable - a worthy winner of a Le Prix du Lanson award. -- Hamish Anderson, Wine International, December 2003

This is an exhilarating book.... No serious wine lover's library is complete without it. -- Wine Spectator

From the Author:

So what is a grape, then? Well, itís juice and flesh, obviously. Itís skin, obviously. Itís pips and I suppose it could be the stalks as well. And then what? And then everything, thatís what . . . If we have any interest in wine and in flavours, we have to be interested in the grape variety itself. If we have any interest in how a wine matures and changes with age, we have to know about the potential of the particular grape. If we care about the style of a wine, whether it should be sweet or dry, fizzy or fortified or still, each different grape varietyís peculiar talents will be of prime importance. - Oz Clarke

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