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New Wine Book: wine myths and reality

Details of three new wine publications have come my way. Not actually seen them but thought passing on the details would be good…

Wine Myths and Reality by Benjamin Lewin MW

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £35

Based on years of extensive research, Wine Myths and Reality opens new doors by delving into the reality behind the mystique of wine. Covering all aspects of production and styles of wine worldwide, extending from viticulture to the trade, it explains what really goes into that bottle of wine, whether it’s the cheapest plonk or the most expensive cult wine.
The first section asks the basic question: how does viticulture influence the quality of grapes and the style of the wine? Dealing with vinification, the second part asks whether “minimal intervention” winemaking makes better wine or whether wine is really made by the winemaker’s decisions. The consequences of the worldwide glut of wine are the subject of the third part. The sections on New World wines and European wines are organized into chapters on individual countries, offering a penetrating analysis of the success or failure of their wine styles.

This magisterial worldwide survey leaves no area of wine production untouched, major trends are analyzed and explained, and the reader gains a unique insight into the reality of modern winemaking.

Quicklook@Wine by Richard Avery

Available as a PDF download from QuickLookBooks for £2.99
If you, like many, love drinking wine but know precious little about it beyond its price in the shop, then Quicklook@Wine provides an instant solution to help you get to grips with this fascinating industry and its products. Wine expert Richard Avery takes you briefly and clearly through the story of wine, exploring the amazing care taken in its production and the marriage of art, science and luck needed for success.

There are many ways of producing different wines. Some, as we know, are much better than others. Learn how and why this is. What is the significance of the use of different grapes? What can you tell about a wine by looking at the bottle in a shop? How should you assess a wine that you have bought? All of these questions and many more are tackled in this intriguing guide to the world of wine.

Inside Burgundy by Jasper Morris MW

Inside Burgundy is a serious book for serious wine lovers. Offering unrivalled insights on the vineyards, the wine and the people, the 656-page book covers 1,000 specific vineyards from grand crus to obscure plots.

Internationally acclaimed wine writer, Steven Spurrier, says in his foreword to Inside Burgundy:

“To sum up, Jasper Morris has found a way to illuminate the bafflingly complex relationships between people and place, vigneron and vineyard, which are at the heart of Burgundy. Authors have tried before and superb books have resulted; none, however, has succeeded quite so well in presenting the detail, in making clear the pattern, without drowning the reader in nuance, exception and ambiguity.”

Inside Burgundy is written by an expert who combines three decades of intimate on-the-ground knowledge of Burgundy with the healthy scepticism of an international wine merchant.
Jasper Morris has lived, breathed, bought and sold Burgundy since 1981. He has a home there, he makes his living there. He has built up over 30 years the kind of exact, on-the-ground knowledge that only someone based in the region can acquire.

Alongside his treatment of the vineyards, Jasper brings out the role of the vignerons and today’s influence on them, and thus their wines. We learn the histories, their philosophies, their relationships (so many cousins, so many marriages, so many tangled inheritances – as Jasper says, the book really demands the subtitle ‘The Sex Life of Burgundy’).
The wine maps surpass anything previously published in English. They have been produced to match Jasper’s work in breadth of coverage and depth of detail.
Wine lovers crave information and judgement: Inside Burgundy offers unrivalled insights into just why this small slice of France yields the world’s most treasured wines.
Available now priced £50 at: http://www.bbr.com/. Winner of the André Simon Award for the best wine book in 2010.

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