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Only French partisanship stops this excellent book from being truly magnificent17 septembre 2012
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At over 500 pages this is an almost comprehensive guide to the world of wine. It is clearly laid out, beautifully illustrated and would grace any coffee table. It covers everything from the origins of wine to it's arrival in your glass as we are taken through the whole process from vine to bottle with all its manifold options. There are very helpful sections on identifying, choosing, storing and tasting wine and I found the section on wine and food combinations helpful too.As with all books of this kind from Larousse it is expert in its treatment of its subject, but pleasingly this is done in a way which makes it accessible to the relative novice. It is fairly traditional in its approach and I would have liked to have seen more on grape blends and innovation generally. My major criticism lies in the balance given to its examination of the great wine producing regions of the world. Given the producers of the book and the excellence of its best wines, it was not surprising to find the most space devoted to France(105 pages). In contrast Australia, South Africa, Chile and New Zealand are only given 25 pages in total! Germany only gets 6 pages probably reflecting current fashion but possibly French national antipathy given that, although it appears on the key wine growing areas map, South East England is given no consideration at all. (Unlike Japan and India.) Nevertheless, this is a book I am very pleased to own and use and given the quality of the production the Amazon price represents excellent value. I warmly recommend it to you
Great Book6 août 2013
C M Cotton
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This is a beautiful book, expertly bound with wonderful full colour photos and at over 500 pages seems on the first sight a comprehensive compendium on all aspects of wine, wine varieties and vineyards.
The chapters are wonderfully set out and teach you everything about the history of wine, how to choose it, how to store it and how to serve it. From this aspect it is as comprehensive as one would want. The problem I have is it does not cover all wines. An example is my favourite, Pinot Noir. This wine is not covered at all in this tome. I am also aghast that a vineyard such as Hugel from Alsace is not even worthy of a mention even though it is one of France's oldest vineyards and produces Grand Cru's. This is just one of many wines/vineyards that is left out. When you realise this, you see that in fact the book is a very selective. If you buy this book you will find other wine varieties missing, other great vineyards not mentioned and a heavy focus on France at the expense of other countries and regions.
This is not a bad book. In fact as far as it goes it is a great book with some very interesting chapters and facts and figures. It is beautifully put together and the photo's are exquisite. My one and only gripe is it is selective and for a book that is this expensive and should be comprehensive, it leaves out references to several grape varieties and vineyards and is heavily focused on French wines. I am not saying this is a bad book, as far as it goes it is fantastic but please be aware it is not as comprehensive as it may first appear.