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Understanding Wine Technology: The Science of Wine Explained [Anglais] [Broché]

David Bird
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The only book that explains the complexities of the science and technology of modern winemaking in simple terms. It fills a gap in the large market of wine information by revealing the technical mysteries of winemaking to those with no scientific education. This new edition brings the literature up-to-date, relaying in its plainspoken tradition the recent advances in wine science and technology.

The topics covered range from the secrets of the vineyard, the processing of grapes, the intricacies of fermentation, stabilisaion of the resulting wine, treatments and additives, quality control and quality assurance, bottling, and even tasting. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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  • Broché: 326 pages
  • Editeur : DBQA Publishing; Édition : 3rd Revised edition (20 septembre 2010)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0953580229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953580224
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,8 x 14,7 x 2 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awesome 12 janvier 2014
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Très bon livre, vulgarisation et approche scientifique de la viticulture assez complète. Très bien pour revoir ou approfondir ses connaissances avec une vision globale.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent single volume overview, but depends on what you're seeking 9 juillet 2011
Par Sitting in Seattle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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To determine whether Bird's "Understanding Wine Technology" is for you, it is necessary to decipher its positioning. It is an overview of all areas of commercial wine production from a less-technical basis (meaning something like "few chemical formulas, with all jargon explained very clearly). In the introduction, Bird says, "The book is aimed at the person with no formal scientific training, yet who is interested in the science behind wine and wants to know the mechanism behind the complex transformations that take place."

The book delivers perfectly on that promise: it is amazingly readable and covers nearly every conceivable (general) topic regarding production. What it does *not* do is to provide detailed depth in any area (see below), cover non-production aspects such as details of individual varietals or wines, nor present a winemaking manual. It covers commercial rather than home production, although of course there is some overlap.

If you want one of the following, then the book is for you: an substantial breadth view of topics; an overview of the science; an overview of commercial wine production. On the other hand, if you want something else, it is *not* for you: detailed technical depth on chemistry (try Margalit instead); a guide to wines, regions, or wineries; a guide to wine making. For my part, I am an aficionado and home winemaker, and it has added breadth to my knowledge. It's a good "first source" to look up something before delving into more depth.

Preview pages ("see inside") are not yet posted for this volume, so I will clarify what it includes. There are 23 chapters that take up 290 pages of primary text. These include virtually every topic from vineyard to bottling. In addition to the usual topics ("in the vineyard", "producing the must", "fermentations", "clarification and fining", etc.) there are interesting and more industry-focused chapters, including a chapter on "quality control and [hazard] analysis". In other words, the topics are comprehensive, but at an average of 10 pages per topic, each topic provides only an overview of its area.

The print quality is good, heavy weight, glossy paper. A pleasant surprise was the number of interesting color photographs, taken in vineyards and wineries around the world. These help immensely to illustrate the concepts.

Finally, to clarify just how much depth there is, here is a paragraph describing cold soak processes:

"Pre-ferment maceration, otherwise known as a 'cold soak', can be used to extract more aromas from the skins, This is identical to the so-called 'skin-contact' process as used in the production of aromatic white wine (sse p. 104). During this period the must has to be cooled to somewhere between 15 and 4 degrees C in order to prevent the fermentation starting, so that the cells containing the flavour and aroma compounds can be broken. This is particularly effective with Pinot Noir, where the aromas are very valuable, but the danger of the extraction of polyphenols is minimal because of the nature of the thin skins." [p. 90]

That description took about 1/3 of a page. If you imagine that level of description multiplied across hundreds of carefully arranged and progressive topics, ending up with almost 300 pages total, you can imagine this book. I find it tremendously interesting and helpful, but again, it is an overview not a technical guide. Cheers!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Could It Be Better? 24 novembre 2012
Par Terry Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I bought this book on the basis of the previous reviews and I agree with the praise in large part. Let me start by saying I read Yair Margalit's comprehensive volume on wine chemistry shortly after the first edition was published simply because I couldn't find "Wine Chemistry for Dummies." It required the constant help of my friends Morrison, Boyd, and Lehninger. Having a modest collegiate background in chemistry helped but the whole experience was one of concept overload. Bird does an outstanding job of taking the major chemical concepts in winemaking and making them eminently understandable by parsing them out in digestible nuggets. I read this book primarily for the chemistry but was drawn into his discussions of wood and storage. The chapters on fining and filtration seemed to hold particular interest for the author, but I found them overlong. When he publishes his Fourth Edition there are a few things I'd like to see. First, the color pictures are nice but they don't provide the information that a well drawn diagram could provide. Although his narrative about the different types of crushers, destemmers, and pressers his good, a diagram of each type would have been more helpful than a picture, especially to those of us that are not generally familiar with mechanical devices.

Chapter 10 is entitled, "Sparkling and Fortified Processes," is a scant eleven pages. The chapter title alone, by including both, gives the reader a warning that these subjects will be given short shrift. Yes, there are other resources for this information, like Julian Jeff's $700 book on Sherry. But Bird writes so well that it seems a shame that he devotes more time to filtration than he does to these complex processes.

This volume fills in many gaps in the winemaking process that are present the standard wine references. It also made me recognize the gaps I still have in the production of Champaign, Port, and Sherry.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Decent summary of the science of viticulture & oenology 8 juillet 2013
Par Lover of black tea with milk - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Simple, succinct & direct. No repetition of contents. It explains scientific principles but only requires very elementary science background such as understanding simple chemical formulae & equations; concepts of family, genus & species in the classification of living organisms; etc
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One word is enough: Spectacular! 12 juin 2013
Par Dante Bergamo Junior - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Concise text. Details of the process that in other books are not found. Easy reading and quick comprehension and assimilation. Recommended with praise.

Texto conciso. Detalhes de processo que em outros livros não se encontram. Leitura fácil e de rápida compreensão e assimilação. Recomendado com louvor.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great 9 octobre 2012
Par Tatyana - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I love this book and take it everywhere I go because I'm wine professor and I always have a lot of questions from my students about the champagne wine-making, the role of tannins, etc. Here you can find the most important things about wine, the language is perfect and there are some good schemes and photoes. It's a kind of must-have if you're interested in wine.
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