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Global Encyclopedia of Wine [Hardcover]

By Peter Forrestal (Author)
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Pages   912
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.9" Width: 10" Height: 1.9"
Weight:   7.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 5, 2005
Publisher   Grange Books
ISBN  1840135239  
EAN  9781840135237  

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A comprehensive guide to the wine industry, this book comprises text, maps, and photographs that cover this industry worldwide. It also includes a CD-ROM version of the complete book.

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The Gobal Encyclopedia of Wine  May 31, 2008
We purchased this book on recommendation from a friend and have fallen in love with it. Many similar books into our search, this one provides plentiful beautiful and illustrative pictures to accompany well-written and knowledgeable prose. This combination and organization allows me to quickly introduce myself to a new wine or region, but also then spend more time to gain a greater insight should the need or desire arise. I would definitely highly recommend it!!
Complexity, Balance, and Clarity  Feb 23, 2008
This book is a treasure, and it lives up to its name as a global resource for wine. The book comes with a CD that is quite good, is organzed in a rational way, and designed for ease of access. The bright, clear, glossy photos in the book are truly exceptional, and they are suggestive of an attractive coffee table book. But behind the pictures is a throughly researched book. Essentially, you get a graduate level course on wine in 900 pages of readable prose. Of course everything about wine is about taste, and as tastes vary, so do opinions. The book has 36 contributors, so the reader enjoys a variety of views as well as a variety of writing styles. While most of the book is organized geographically, there is an excellent opening chapter titled "The World of Wine," which will tell you more than you ever thought you'd ever know about the winemaker's craft. Then follows the geographic chapters, where the jumping off point, appropriately enough, is France. By the time our journey is ended, we have met all of the wines of the world face to face. Well, not all, actually. The index omits many wines that are popular in their own backyards, but have yet to make in impact in the global marketplace. But overall, you cannot be disappointed with editor Peter Forrestal's monumental book. You'll be delighted by the book's complexity, balance, and clarity.
There are currently several major wine reference books available in the English language. Originally, there were the definitive Schoonmaker Encyclopedia of Wine and the entertaining Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits by Alexis Lichine. These were the reliable wine reference books 20-30 years ago. Then there were the beautiful World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and the Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson., These were the standards 10-20 years ago. NOW THERE IS THE GLOBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WINE which eclipses them all! Current, timely and with 33 diverse authors all respected in their fields. Complete with full color photos and maps as well as reliable wine ratings. This is the one book that can replace many wine books in your wine book collection.
Everything you want to know about wines  Jun 3, 2003
I have always enjoyed drinking wine but I have never had the necessary
background and information about how to distinguish a good wine from a bad
one, which are the most famous wine regions in the world and what are the
most famous wine denominations. That was before my friend gave me this book
as a gift and I must say it was exactly what I needed.

It helped me understand about the different types of grapes and wines,
their specific characteristics, how to taste a wine, which wines are to be
consumed younger and which ones are to be left for aging. I also found out
about the influence of the soil on the vine's growing, the harvest time for
each type of wine, etc.

I think this book is a good start for someone who would like to be
initiated in the amazing world of wines and also for those who already know
well wines.

This book is very detailed and discusses every wine region of the world
(Europe, South Africa, Australia, new Zealand, South America, etc.),

mentioning its wine producers, the history of the area, the climate and in
certain parts it also gives suggestions about specific food that can be
combined with the wine of the area.

Regions like France, South Africa, Germany, USA, Australia, are very
detailed presented, with maps and informations about every single producer
in the area. If you want to take a vacation and visit some wine areas, this
book is everything you need.
Unfortunately, regions like Eastern Europe don't offer so much
information, despite the fact that they have a big potential, but are not
historically so well known.

This is not something to read once and then put it aside. It is meant to
be kept within easy reach and read from it every time you taste a new wine
and want to find more about its origin and history. Knowing all these
things, it will make you understand better its personality and perhaps you
will enjoy it more.

I'm sure you will like the experience of reading from this book.

Pretty pictures, bad CD.  Apr 30, 2002
The book is a wonderful coffee table book with many pretty pictures, weighing better than 5 lbs. The accompanying CD is more or less useless as a wine guide or a wine record. The text is illegible. Very frustrating to work with.

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