Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: University of California Press; 2 edition (April 1, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
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Admittedly, I had high expectations. I had heard many good things about this book and in many ways it is excellent. Unfortunately, in many ways it is schizophrenic and, though well-written, not carefully written. That was disappointing considering the book is intended as somewhat of an introduction to a general audience.What I liked about the book is Goode's ability to present issues in wine making that would be very interesting to a general audience. His explanation of biodynamics is excellent, as were his explorations of corks, grafting and wine and the brain.But here are some unfortunate problems with The Science of Wine that prevent it from being a great book.The opening chapters on the natural history and viticulture of grape vines are good. But when Goode leaves the vineyard and begins explaining the wine making process, I would advise -- if you are not familiar with the winemaking process -- that you read an actual introduction to it before proceeding.He jumps from the vineyard to the winery with a chapter on "whole-cluster ferments and carbonic maceration" and accelerates quickly making points out of left field, such as "In carbonic maceration there is therefore a fall in acidity levels that can be quite significant, with titratable acidity (TA) declining as much as 3.5 g/liter and pH increasing by up to 0.6 units."Goode neither provides a background that gives the reader any context to what this means nor defines the terms. It's a statement that requires illumination -- which is the hard work required of a non-fiction writer. There are numerous examples of this in the book.
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