The Companion To Wine Edited By Frank Prial

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This exquisite guide to the world of wine offers a striking blend of beauty and authority – including wine appreciation and vintage assessment, viniculture and wine-making, wine regions and the wine trade. A panel of internationally known experts combines both traditional knowledge and contemporary research in this most comprehensive and luxurious companion. Discussions of the quality of wine examine the influence of soils and climate, as well of the processes of winemaking, from grape to must to bottle. Vinification methods, both traditional and modern, are detailed for both red and white wines. Colour, bouquet and flavour, the three cardinal elements in wine tasting, are analysed, with photographs of wines at various stages of maturity to help readers recognise the most significant aspects. Using a selection of labels from the principal wine regions of the world, The Companion To Wine explains the information that traditionally appears on wine bottles, including provenance, growers, shippers and terms such as Vendange Tardive and Auslese

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Pre-owned. Each of the major wine regions of the world is discussed in detail, with comments on. winemaking in that region, the state of the market and predicted future trends. Special boxed feature growers’ views, with anecdotes from leading vintners explaining the factors that influence their wines. An alphabetical directory discusses over 1,000 wines, wine terms and processes. Chapters on storing and serving wine include guidelines for storage, bringing the wine to table, decanting and aerating, as well as optimum temperatures for serving various wines. Conventional views of food and wine combinations are assessed, with examples of successful wine/food combinations, as well as flavours inimical to wine. A discussion organised by country and by region explains the structure and dynamics on the wine trade. An appendix features wine classifications by country, international standards of containers and measures and a vintage chart with more than 40 years of vintage assessments. Lucidly written by a panel of world wine experts and studded with more than 400 lavish colour and black-and-white photographs, wine labels and specially commissioned maps, The Companion To Wine is the ultimate reference for wine connoisseurs. In very good condition. Very small tear to the centre front of page 155 (c. 2mm). With dust jacket. Hardcover. Published by W. H. Smith Ltd 1992. Weight 3174g

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Weight 3.208 kg