Essential Wine Tasting: The Complete Practical Winetasting Course

Essential Wine Tasting: The Complete Practical Winetasting Course


By (author) Michael Schuster

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  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 202mm x 274mm x 16mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845334981
  • ISBN 13: 9781845334987
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: approximately 100 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 130,264

Product description

Essential Winetasting's step-by-step approach teaches you everything you need to know to taste wine like a professional - from how to look at and smell a wine to how to taste and assess it. The book begins with a clear outline of how to taste. This is followed by a detailed but accessible account of how wine is made and an exploration of every major grape variety and of how its wines differ around the world. Finally comes the real joy of this book - a series of nine practical tastings which illustrate the key differences in wine styles, flavours and quality. Every stage of tasting is illustrated with specially commissioned photography and there are maps of every key wine region.

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Author information

Michael Schuster trained in Bordeaux, and then helped to establish an award-winning retail business in the 1980s. He now works independently as a writer and lecturer, and runs his own wine school in Bordeaux Index's new premises in London. In 1989 his highly successful Understanding Wine (Mitchell Beazley) was published. He also writes for Which? Wine Guide, Decanter and WINE.

Review quote

"Essential Winetasting is one of those rare books that can serve and stimulate both beginners and experts. If you want to get started - or if you need navigational aid on a wine-odyssey you've already begun - I can't think of a better guide." Richard Erhlich, Independent on Sunday "The most effective winetasting manual ever wrtten." Bill Nesto MW, Beverage Business USA "A beautifully designed and intelligently organised wine primer" The Boston Globe