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Superplonk 1998

Malcolm Gluck

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ISBN 10: 0340666242 / ISBN 13: 9780340666241
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 1997
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Superplonk 1998

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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This is the 1998 edition of Malcolm Gluck's supermarket wine guide. He examines the wine on offer at Asda, Budgens, Co-op, Kwik Save, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Safeway, Sainsbury's, Sommerfield, Tesco, and Waitrose and gives his opinion on the best value for money.


Malcolm Gluck's latest report on the wine shelves of the nation's supermarket chains is the summer edition, produced as a result of demand from his readership due to the incursion of many new wines into the supermarkets during the early and middle parts of the year. It is essentially a supplement to the main winter edition. Even so, it indicates Gluck's phenomenal energy. Whatever else he may be, he is primarily a machine for turning wine into tasting notes. And what notes--characteristically energetic and eccentric, fizzing exuberantly like champagne bubbles. Under the electron microscope of his palate, familiar wine tastes are magnified into startlingly vivid forms, a number (it must be said) being impressionistic to the point of surrealism. "A great big soppy broth of a wine." "A decent, but delayed, finish of warm coal." "Like tasting a dead librarian." Well, we get the picture, sort of. But the chief value of the book lies in Gluck's ingenious (but obvious, really) system of points. He grades from 1 to 20, a 1 being a wine the producer of which "should be slung in prison", a 20 a "toweringly brilliant world-class wine of self-evident style and individuality." There are no 1s or 20s here: a few lucky 17s or 18s and the odd mean-spirited 10 or shameful 8. The ratings reflect not only quality but also value for money. As always, Superplonk is an invaluable guide for the supermarket wine shopper. --Robin Davidson

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