Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine which takes the listener to the heart of winemaking and wine drinking in a clear but light-hearted manner. However rich and complex the subject of wine may be, he insists it is also hugely rewarding and great fun.
Curry's informative and entertaining program begins with a description of work in the vineyard and cellar. It outlines the many choices faced by grape-grower and winemaker, resulting in the variety of different styles of wine produced. It continues with wine's journey from winery to gullet, with advice on cellaring, buying, serving food-matching and tasting. And it concludes with a lengthy section devoted to all the major wine regions, in the Old World and the New.
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"... a chatty, moderately technical handbook with just the right balance of history, geography, anecdote and advice about every aspect of this vast subject, from how far apart to plant your vines to the ideal corkscrew. Champagne corks shouldn't pop, by the way, they should give a gentle sigh..."(Satyrday Guardian)
Quite short, but very enjoyable... Light hearted and not at all stuffy. Fully recommended, I have learned much and will almost certainly listen again.
This audiobook exceeded my expectations. The author provides a comprehensive overview of wine in a lively and entertaining manner. I enjoy wine but had always been intimidated by the many winemakers and varieties. I know have a much better understanding of how wine is classified and what to look for in selecting wine. I'll listen to this book again and again.
A great addition - if you are reading this, author - is to provide maps of major wine regions that can be downloaded to accompany the audio.
Don't let anyone dissuade you from purchasing this book based on the fact that it has a lot of information to absorb. Of course it does, isn't that what we are paying for? I have read at least 4 books on wine from the Dummy series to the more complex resources, and I must say that this audiobook can hold its own next to them all. If you are finding that there is too much to remember, read a few books about wine before you listen. I like to take this along with me on my dog walks. It is brilliantly read and wildly entertaining. This book is a wonderful resource for those who would like to learn about wine as well as those who know a fair amount and just want a relaxing review. Nice job, Julian Curry!!
"Excellent, complete, and approachable"
This is an excellent overview of a very complex topic. It begins with an explanation of how wine is made and goes on to discuss grapes and regions, and the anti-snob snobbery is great. Throw in a few mildly snide comments about the French (all in good fun) and you have a tremendously useful overview.
Is there too much information here? Well, if you do not enjoy listening to non-fiction or if you do not really "learn by listening" then maybe so, but I did not have this reaction AT ALL. There were times when I stopped the narrative to back up and listen again, and I'm pretty sure I will listen from beginning to end at least one more time, but because of the quality of the information and not because there is just too much of it. Wine is a complex topic, and if you could learn all there is to know by listening to a single book (no matter how complete or delightful), then there would be no need in this world for wine stewards or sommeliers! I thought this was more than worth the price for both the content and the droll reading which I personally found to be delightful.
"A great aperitif"
This isn't the end-all guide to everything wine. It isn't going to improve your pallate and heighten your senses.
It is a funny book that gives a great overview of the world of wine, from production, to tasting, food pairing, and a little information on some of the popular varietals and wine regions. For anyone who is new to wine, it is a great launching off point. And it is fun to listen to. He has a fun style of writing, and is easy to listen to. I highly recommend it.
"The single best wine guide out there"
This is definitely the best wine guide out there. The author is knowledgeable, clear, and clearly enjoys his work.
The topic is laid out in a clear and engaging style which is ideal for both the novice and the expert. It is a very good education on the subject. It starts with the process of wine-making from the vineyard to the store and then discusses varietals and regions. A WONDERFUL AUDIBLE PURCHASE.
great book that was interesting to go through will look for the hard copy to add to my library
I work in a fancy restaurant and wanted a bit more wine knowledge. This book was very entertaining, I enjoyed the reader. It has wet my appetite to learn more about wine.
Too much details, especially with list of vines and terroirs in each country. This part should have beeen like a reference, not to be read entirely. And not enough details when talking about fermentation or production or tasting. The author mentioned many wines in each country but i would have loved if he mentioned the best reputed wines also with some details about them.
"Too advance for beginner"
I took a bartending class and wanted to learn more about wine, but this book require reader to have sufficient knowledge of wine variety, grape, process, etc.
"Lots of facts, too little stories behind"
The narrator is just awesome. Tons of facts condensed in couple of hours. However I would not mind 3 times as long book, it it was told in a form of story telling, and not facts narrating. Once again, the guy is excellent narrator, passionate, but for me it would have been more fun and valuable to learn some cool story about say specific regions, not mainly types of grapes, labeling, classifications and similar.
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