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The Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America (Anglais) Relié – 26 octobre 2000


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THOUGH vines grew wild in some regions of the vast continent, the indigenous peoples of North America were not wine consumers. Lire la première page
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Wit and Unbelievable Wisdom 26 décembre 2000
Par Bob Prewitt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
"Waiting on Petite Sirah hoping for elegance is like marrying a stripper in the hope of witty conversation in old age."
This is the wonderful kind of wit that you find throughout this book. Bruce Cass, Jancis Robinson and the other fine wine writers who are responsible for the book's substance all appear to have a tremendous love of wine but don't need to deify it. I laughed out loud several times as I read descriptions of wines and wine characters.
The Wisdom is even more amazing. There is a wealth of factual information and interpretation. Just open up the book to any page and start to read. Within 45 seconds, you will utter, "Wow, I didn't know that."
This is the best book on wines written in a long time.
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an inferior supplement to the Oxford Companion to Wine 1 février 2002
Par Bob Carpenter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The "Oxford Companion to Wine", edited by Jancis Robinson, is the definitive modern reference on wine. Not intended to be read as a book, the entries nevertheless make compelling reading and following the cross-referenced entries can easily consume a pleasurable evening. This "supplement" doesn't live up to the original in terms of quality, comprehensiveness or value. If you were expecting a version of the companion tuned to American wines, you'll be sorely disappointed. On the other hand, if you can't get enough of the original and long for more information on California growers, this isn't a bad start. We can always hope for a revised, expanded, second edition.
For the North American supplement, Jancis Robinson served only as a "consulting editor". She apparently corrected the editor's English usage (see the preface), but she didn't write any of the entries. She did write two throwaway pieces in the beginning of the book on "How Good are North American Wines?" and "Commentators and the Wine Media". There are roughly 60 pages worth of introduction to North American Wine, most of which I did not find deep enough to be particularly informative.
Almost all of the cross-references on vinification, wine-making, cellaring, tasting, defects, grapes, etc. are in the "Oxford Companion", making it essentially impossible to use the North American guide alone.
Compared to the "Oxford Companion", the entries are relatively breezy. The font is larger, the margins are wider, and the book is much shorter. Like the "Oxford Companion", the maps are truly horrendous; you'll remember them from coloring assignments in grade school. Invest in Hugh Johnson's and Jancis Robinson's wonderful new "World Atlas of Wine" for maps. The Atlas's coverage of North American wine styles, grapes and regions isn't half bad, either.
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Good, but could have been better 8 novembre 2006
Par Jonathan Appleseed - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Given some of the less than stellar reviews of this book, I was expecting far less. This is a collection of excellent information specific to North American winemaking, wineries, producers, etc., that can't - to my knowledge at least - be found anywhere else "under the same roof". There are also some good introductory articles that are educational, especially for the neophyte.

True, the maps in the back of the book are fairly useless. They display towns, highways, mountain ranges, elevation, but no AVAs. That left me dumbfounded. I now know that Hwy 101 can take you from LA to Ventura and further north into Washington State, but - so what? I already knew that, and I live in Illinois. If you're going to include maps in a book like this, they need to be specific and informative.

Still, as I said, the fact that there is excellent information in the A-Z section, and that in the text of that section references are directly made to the Oxford Companion to Wine if the reader wants more information, makes this a very good reference.
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Doesn't deliver as a "companion" 3 avril 2001
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I bought this book for our public library's reference collection. Reviews indicated that this book would be an excellent source of information about wine. It falls far short of that. One example: I needed it for a definition of "syrah" (which they refer to in an article) - neither the alphabetical arrangement of the book nor the index yielded anything. This is a coffee table book and nothing more.
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Definitely better books... 4 septembre 2013
Par CJInscore - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I bought this book based on a recommendation out of Kevin Zraly's book, Kevin Zraly's Complete Wine Course I think he recommends it in the Oregon wine section of his book. This book really does nothing for me. If you want to look up some wine terms its great, but more than likely, by the time you buy this book, you will already know the terms. The wineries it showcases are great, but the wines it recommends are impossible to find, as with most wine books...It is a great book if you are a bare bones beginner. Also, it is a bit dated.
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