Hardcover: 514 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (January 23, 1997)
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.5 x 11 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I took Dr. Vine's class at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. His book is quite thorough, from the scientific principles of fermentation and how wine gets its color, to the historical influence of Charlemagne, to pragmatic instruction in how to read a label and properly serve wine. There is so much information on wine, it is key that the book is well organized. Focuses on a different wine region of the world including France, Germany, US, etc. in enough detail to be useful, but not so much as to bore the casual reader. Not snobbish in the least, the information is presented in a way that it is quite easy to absorb and retain.
I also took Dr. Vine's class at Purdue and worked for his enologist, Ellie Harkness. Dr. Vine's knowledge goes beyond just academic as he was the director of the largest wine lab in California. This book gives great insight about not just wine, but about how it is produced and why grapes growing on a hill are better than on flat land (struggling vine theory). I would recommend this book for anyone really interested in wine and the wine industry.
Though designed as a college textbook, this guide is comprehensive enough to satisfy any general reader. It's written with insight and clarity, and sensitively guides the reader into an appreciation of one of the oldest and respected arts of civilization.
nice!! the seller didn't say there were some pen notations, but whatever. A beautiful book for a killer price. Great for someone interested in science as well as taste, total nerd book!!
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