Tom Stevenson Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia

ISBN 13: 9781405359795

Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia

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9781405359795: Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia

Three-time Wine Writer of the Year Tom Stevenson updates and enriches his classic guide. From the Old World to the New, pick up the latest on all the wine-producing areas across the globe with the award-winning "The Sotherby's Wine Encyclopedia". Packed with practical advice on tasting, storing and serving as well as expert tips on choosing food to accompany wine, this major revision of the classic wine reference guide covers every appellation and includes all the best producers and emerging wine regions. Described as "a heroic piece of work indispensable book which should be part of any serious wine lover's library". ("Sunday Times"). "The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia" is a tantalising read which will appeal to any serious wine drinker's palate.

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If you want to learn about wines of the world and advance your comprehension of wine production, grape varieties, appellations, and individual wineries, understand the factors (such as location, soil, climate, and methods of viticulture) that affect the taste and nose, and visit your wine shop with a list of quality wines to explore, Tom Stevenson is the man to read. Author of 12 books (including Champagne and The Millennium Champagne & Sparkling Wine Guide), three-time winner of the Wine Writer of the Year award, and columnist for Wine magazine, Stevenson has the gift of taking vast quantities of knowledge and experience and translating them into lucid, sparkling prose, easily graspable by the novice, yet still interesting and instructive to the connoisseur.

Arranged geographically, with nearly 100 maps, profiles on top producers, and valuable Author's Choice charts for each region, the Wine Encyclopedia covers the wines of Europe (from Great Britain and Switzerland to Southeast Europe, Greece, and the Levant), as well as wines from North and South Africa, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. In addition, there's a guide to wine and food (pairing fois gras with a Champagne or Sauterne, for example, and claret or Cabernet Sauvignon with beef), a guide to wine flavors (making sense of descriptors such as fig, gooseberry, violet, and hay), a list of good vintages, and a glossary of tasting and technical terms, distinguishing "cheesy" and "chewy" from "creamy" and "corked." Enhanced by beautiful pictures of vineyards, wine labels, and Stevenson himself demonstrating the art of wine tasting, from examining and nosing the wine to spitting it out, this a visually beautiful as well as an informative volume. As sumptuous as an elegant Tuscan Barolo, as rewarding as a Sarget de Gruaud-Larose from Bordeaux, as pleasing as a Ferreira port, the Sotheby Wine Encyclopedia is a remarkable tome of oenological erudition. --Stephanie Gold

About the Author:

Tom Stevenson has written about wine for almost 30 years, with 23 critically acclaimed books and over 30 awards to his name, including Wine Writer of the Year three times and The Wine Literary Award.

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