Is This the Wine You Ordered, Sir?

Is This the Wine You Ordered, Sir?

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Described by the author as "an anti-social history of the wine-trade", this is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek, anecdotal account of the trade in which the author has worked for thirty years. He gives detailed explanations of the causes and effects of some of the most famous examples of fraud, involving Burgundy, Bordeaux, Port, Sherry and German wines. He calls upon the experience of many friends who contribute their own anecdotes and includes the sugaring and "plastering" of wine and recipes dating back as far as the 17th century for making artificial wines. He also surveys the history of winemaking from the eighth century to the present day. The author has contributed to "Burgundy Vines and Wines", "Alsace Wine" and "White Burgundy".
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Helm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • line drawings, bibliography, index
  • 0747010137
  • 9780747010135

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What is an "honest wine"?; Bordeaux mixture; Burgundy - from here, there and everywhere; all that sparkles...; one lump or two?; a spoonful of sugar helps the Liebfraumilch go down...; tales from the Vienna woods; still bent to make some port...; the sherry family - and changelings; vintage vagaries; permitted additives?; take one pound of bananas...; how? and why? and how? and how? again.
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