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The World's Greatest Wine Estates: A Modern Perspective (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Robert M. Parker

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Over the past twenty-five years, renowned critic Robert M. Parker, Jr., has visited both legendary and fledgling wineries all over the world and has tasted hundreds of thousands of wines. Only a fraction of those wines have earned his highest ratings and are considered by him to be truly legendary. In his latest book, Parker brings together what he calls "the best of the best," taking readers on a personal tour of the wineries that have impressed him most with their dedication to quality, consistency, and excellence.
The World's Greatest Wine Estates pays homage to exceptional wines and the exceptional people who make them. These lavishly illustrated pages showcase 175 of the world's most accomplished -- and most spectacular -- estates. Parker goes be-yond the labels, bottles, and ratings to present the land, the history, and the dedicated artisans practicing their craft. Though they form a wildly diverse group, all of these producers "share an inexhaustible commitment to their vineyards, a passion to produce as fine a wine as is humanly possible, and a vision that the joys of wine are infinite and represent the pinnacle of a civilized society."
Parker begins with an overview of what makes a wine great -- the ability to please both the palate and the intellect, to offer intense aromas and flavors without heaviness, to improve with age, to reflect its place of origin as well as the skill of its producers -- and explains how he came to choose the profound wines he features here. He also offers insider tips for ordinary wine-lovers who want to get their hands on extraordinary bottles.
The heart of the book contains profiles of the greatest estates of Argentina, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Each region is illustrated with a full-color map and accompanied by an introduction explaining the general wine history of the country. In his profiles of individual estates, Parker offers essential geographical information such as grape varietals, average age of the vines, and density of plantation; details about the estate's history and techniques and the wines it produces; visiting information for those who want to see the process up close; and tasting notes on the best recent vintages from each winery. Each profile also includes photographs of the vineyards and the people behind the wines, and labels from their best-known vintages.
Complete with a list of up-and-coming wineries ("Future Stars") and a glossary of wine terms, The World's Greatest Wine Estates is a very special reference for amateurs and connoisseurs alike.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 71147 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 704 pages
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster (14 décembre 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004A90BVA
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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5  15 commentaires
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice list but not much else 6 janvier 2006
Par G-Man - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is interesting in that it lists one man's opinions about the world's best wine estates (although many of the choices are obviously common sense and no-brainers). Granted this man is a formidable wine critic, so his opinion certainly carries a lot of weight.

What was disappointing with this book, as another reviewer wrote, is the disappointing quality of the photography in this book. For what looks like a coffee table sized book from the world's premier wine critic, you would expect organized, world class photography with some explanatory captions. This book lacks that.

I also have mixed feelings about the pages for each producer devoted to tasting notes--on the one hand they are informative, but on the other hand it's too much nitty gritty detail for a coffee table type book such as this.

I really enjoyed Parker's Bordeaux book, which is more like an encyclopedia, but very helpful in sorting out the myriad producers in that region.

Bottom line--decent book, but not great.
17 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 ROBERT PARKER'S BEST BOOK EVER 3 décembre 2005
Par Linda Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Ten years ago I was primarily a California chardonnay and cabernet drinker, but then I discovered Robert Parker, and my wine world opened up to so many different kinds of marvelous wines.

Parker has many notable qualities, and aside from his unimpeachable integrity, and sterling work ethic, is his true love of so many different kinds of wines from around the world. Because of him, I have become a regular fan of tempranillos from Spain, malbecs from Argentina, grenaches from Southern France, and some amazing wine values from unkonwn grapes in Southern Italy.

His newest book focuses on the world's greatest wines and it is not only beautifully produced but flushes out so many of the wizards and brilliant men and women behind the wines, and in his very democratic way, gives recognition to many producers and regions ignored for decades, especially the great Chateauneuf-du-Papes that are my favorite wines today because of what I have learned from Parker.

I have all of Parker's books but this is his finest work to date, and one I predict will leave all of us who love wine an important work of reference as well as legacy to all wine producers who strive for excellence. Very Highly Recommended!
12 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 wonderfully entertaining 22 février 2006
Par arends oog - Publié sur Amazon.com
I was thrilled to receive this book as a birthday present from my wife. After leafing through and reading some of it, I was even more thrilled.

You gotta love Parker. The man loves controversy. Here, he writes a definitive book on the World's Greatest Wines Estates about 175 of them. What first came to my mind was, will my favourite wines make it on his list, or for that matter, what list will he compile as to not to offend anyone.

I for one am certainly not disappointed. He starts off by providing a guideline as to what makes a wine great. For instance, he tells us that wine has be both sensory and intellectually appealing, and that each sip has better than the previous, as well as other criteria, all very helpful.

The Bordeaux section alone is great. Imagine, leaving out Chateau Le Pin as one of the World's Greatest, when the Wine Spectator in 1994 declared Le Pin as #3 on their Bordeaux Greatest Estates. Hmmm. On the other hand, Chateau Leoville Poyferre did make it.

The US list is also not without any controversy. For instance, among notables that did not make the list were Joseph Phelps, Silverado, Stag's Leap, and Duckhorn , while Berringer and Shafer made the grade.

All in all a wonderful book. I was not too much bothered by the photography, which some reviewers thought were of bad quality.
13 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful New Resource for the Wine Novice or Expert 19 novembre 2005
Par M. Braunstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have literally dozens of wine books in my library but none quite covers the topic addressed by Robert Parker's latest book: What really constitutes great wine and who makes it.

In Parker's typical style, this new book is fact filled and provides comprehensive coverage of its topic. Atypically for him, it has some of the elements of a "coffee table book" because of the large page size and the "hundreds" (I didn't count them) of gorgeous full color photographs, wine labels and maps. However, unlike most books of that genre, this one provides many, many details about some 150 of the world's greatest wine producing estates and could serve either as an introduction to wine for the beginner or as a reference source for the more expert wine afficiando.

I recommend it without reservation.
25 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 MEDIOCRE EFFORT FROM THE MILLION DOLLAR NOSE 17 novembre 2005
Par Medical Billing Expert - Publié sur Amazon.com
I like Robert Parker. I have all of his books and subscribe to the Wine Advocate newsletter. I have been using his cellar management software for years and subscribe to eRobertParker.com as well. I have over 7,500 bottles of wine in my cellar, virtually all of which are rated 90 points or higher by Monsieur Parker. I trust his palate and use his ratings to guide my purchases.

But this book is disappointing. It looks like a coffee-table book, but doesn't have enough photographs (and few good photographs). It reads sort of like a wine guide due to the inclusion of a few notes about specific years for each estate listed, but it appears to be more of an effort to fill space between photographs. In the end it is neither a picture book nor a wine guide.

I bought six copies of this book, all signed by Parker, to give as holiday gifts to some of my wine-loving friends. But after receiving the book, I am now reluctant to give them as gifts, because there is really nothing of value in the book. In my opinion, this is a mediocre effort from someone with a reputation for much better.
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