Know It All Wine
The 50 Essential Topics, Each Explained in Under a Minute
by Gerard Basset OBE
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Pub Date 03 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 22 Feb 2018
Quarto Publishing Group – Wellfleet Press, Wellfleet Press
Know-It-All Wine demystifies the subject, decanting the knowledge you need in palatable sips. Compiled by wine experts, it’s organized in a sequence of well-thought-out chapters, taking you from terroir to the technicalities of winemaking, introducing you to the important grapes and iconic regions, offering an overview of the business of wine and how it works, and concluding with a section on the enjoyment of wine.
Every entry has been edited into a neat and effective 300 words and an image, it will leave you plenty of time to put your new-found expertise into practice.
Average rating from 10 members
As always with this series of books (Know It All) the balance between writing and pictures is perfect; the explanations are short and clear, and the illustrations are a variety of drawings and photographs. It contains an introduction explaining the goal of the book and a very short overview of the subject of wine. The book is divided into seven topics: The Vineyard, The Winery, Classic Grapes & Wines, History, Iconic Regions, The Business of Wine, and Enjoyment of Wine. Each topic includes a glossary that will help the reader understand better what is being discussed in that section. Additionally, each subtopic offers links to related subjects which readers can used to expand their knowledge of wine. Lastly, the book also has short summaries and timelines of some important characters within the history of wine. This book can be a thoughtful present for a friend or something to add to one’s own personal library. I received a free copy via NetGalley.
I enjoyed the concept of the book. 50 concepts, each explained in a concise manner. The breadth of coverage is surprisingly wide, and I’ve learned enough to understand the jargon of wine appreciation.
The illustrations and pictures leave much to be desired though!
Brilliant book. I learned tons. Really clear and also very precise. I am well on the way to becoming a wine connoisseur.
A very clear and concise book; a very, very quick read. The details were easy to grasp and to the point which made it easy to read this book in one sitting (under an hour.)
It is very informative and I now know more about wine than I ever thought I would!
A must read for everyone who loves consuming wine and wants to learn the whole fancy jargon related to it.
As a "wanna-be" oenologist, I love reading books about wine. This one is a treat! Short, concise, easily readable, and in bite-size "sips", it would be of great benefit for anyone wanting a brief introduction into wine.
The book is divided into sections, then further broken down into 50 very short articles covering a wide range of topics. The sections are the vineyard, the winery, classic grapes and wines, history, iconic regions, the business of wine, and the enjoyment of wine.
This would be a wonderful book to learn the basics. You can find out the difference between different types of wines and the grapes used to make them. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, they are all covered and explained. Learn about the different regions wine comes from....Bordeaux, Tuscany, Napa Valley. Learn how to taste wine.
Have you ever been at a party where one of your wine "snob" friends are going on and on about a wine? By reading this book, you can offer one of these tidbits to show them that you, too, are conversant on the subject. That alone is worth the price!
This is a great book for anyone looking for a quick study on how to taste wine (and look knowledgeable in front of your wino friends!). Chapters include wine making, history, regions and entertainment, educating the reader on the differences between grapes and soils and all the fun stuff involved in what makes a bottle of wine what it is. There is a glossary in each chapter so you won't find yourself lost in lingo while learning.