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Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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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)

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Excellent performance and very informative

Quite short, but very enjoyable... Light hearted and not at all stuffy. Fully recommended, I have learned much and will almost certainly listen again.

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A great source of info

if you're looking to learn more about grapes and wines... look no further than this. I'm a newbie and learnt lots

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  • Laurence
  • 26-09-03

Comprehensive overview

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-09

Superior Audiobook!

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!!

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  • C. Speer
  • 23-02-10

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.

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  • David
  • 23-02-11

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.

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  • Matthew
  • 10-05-10

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.

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  • adnil
  • 03-01-18

First half very fun and interesting. Second half would be better in print form for reference.

Really great personality to listen to with quite extensive knowledge of wine. The first half was great. The second was more of a run-down of wine varieties from around the world. It would be better in written form to refer to. Still, it was an enjoyable and informative listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-12-17

Good for those fairly familiar with wine already

While it has a lot of info about wine, it seems it is less of a beginners guide and more an enthusiasts voyage deeper into the topic... And the reader, while well spoken sounds like he is on an NPR program. Not really anything wrong with that, but it seemed to make the book longer than it should have been.

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  • AMZN shopper
  • 23-10-17

Excellent book!!

Well written and Well read who is charming in his style and wit. Great wine education which covered all basis of this wonderful provision we can enjoy from our loving creator. Psalms 104:15

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  • carolina
  • 18-09-17

loved how it was read. lots of enthusiasm

very interesting. basic and advanced contents suitable for all wine lovers. keeps you entertained throughout the book.

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  • Edward C Knoeckel III
  • 04-05-17

Wine wit and wisdom!

The author's performance is engaging throughout. Although I would like to get the print book because he does such a good job with keeping the pronunciation that a lot of appellation and vineyard names went over my head. I also love that he stays positive for the most part in talking about what can be found enjoyable and very unique within each wine making region. I plan on referring to this book over and over as well as use the available PDF to try wines from the areas he covers myself. Thanks Mr.Curry for your insight shared.