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A Guide to Wine | [Julian Curry]

A Guide to Wine

Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine. The whole subject is introduced and explained – how wine is made, the different grapes, the different blends, vintages, wine-growing areas and types. In an entertaining and informal style, he also teaches how to taste wine, and how to choose and store it.
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Publisher's Summary

Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine which takes the listener to the heart of winemaking and wine drinking in a clear but light-hearted manner. However rich and complex the subject of wine may be, he insists it is also hugely rewarding and great fun.

Curry's informative and entertaining program begins with a description of work in the vineyard and cellar. It outlines the many choices faced by grape-grower and winemaker, resulting in the variety of different styles of wine produced. It continues with wine's journey from winery to gullet, with advice on cellaring, buying, serving food-matching and tasting. And it concludes with a lengthy section devoted to all the major wine regions, in the Old World and the New.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

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    Laurence Poway, CA, USA 09-26-03
    Laurence Poway, CA, USA 09-26-03
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    "Comprehensive overview"

    This audiobook exceeded my expectations. The author provides a comprehensive overview of wine in a lively and entertaining manner. I enjoy wine but had always been intimidated by the many winemakers and varieties. I know have a much better understanding of how wine is classified and what to look for in selecting wine. I'll listen to this book again and again.

    A great addition - if you are reading this, author - is to provide maps of major wine regions that can be downloaded to accompany the audio.

    40 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    06-26-09
    06-26-09
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    "Superior Audiobook!"

    Don't let anyone dissuade you from purchasing this book based on the fact that it has a lot of information to absorb. Of course it does, isn't that what we are paying for? I have read at least 4 books on wine from the Dummy series to the more complex resources, and I must say that this audiobook can hold its own next to them all. If you are finding that there is too much to remember, read a few books about wine before you listen. I like to take this along with me on my dog walks. It is brilliantly read and wildly entertaining. This book is a wonderful resource for those who would like to learn about wine as well as those who know a fair amount and just want a relaxing review. Nice job, Julian Curry!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Schmidt Mid-America 02-23-10
    C. Schmidt Mid-America 02-23-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent, complete, and approachable"

    This is an excellent overview of a very complex topic. It begins with an explanation of how wine is made and goes on to discuss grapes and regions, and the anti-snob snobbery is great. Throw in a few mildly snide comments about the French (all in good fun) and you have a tremendously useful overview.
    Is there too much information here? Well, if you do not enjoy listening to non-fiction or if you do not really "learn by listening" then maybe so, but I did not have this reaction AT ALL. There were times when I stopped the narrative to back up and listen again, and I'm pretty sure I will listen from beginning to end at least one more time, but because of the quality of the information and not because there is just too much of it. Wine is a complex topic, and if you could learn all there is to know by listening to a single book (no matter how complete or delightful), then there would be no need in this world for wine stewards or sommeliers! I thought this was more than worth the price for both the content and the droll reading which I personally found to be delightful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Newton, MA, United States 05-10-10
    Matthew Newton, MA, United States 05-10-10 Member Since 2005
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    "The single best wine guide out there"

    This is definitely the best wine guide out there. The author is knowledgeable, clear, and clearly enjoys his work.

    The topic is laid out in a clear and engaging style which is ideal for both the novice and the expert. It is a very good education on the subject. It starts with the process of wine-making from the vineyard to the store and then discusses varietals and regions. A WONDERFUL AUDIBLE PURCHASE.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Los angeles, CA, USA 10-03-08
    Andrea Los angeles, CA, USA 10-03-08
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    "TOO much Information for Audio Format"

    This book was a lot of fun to listen to, but there was way too much information for an audiobook. The charisma of the author is unbeatable and creates a fabulous energy for most listeners to be enthusiastic about. Although I did take up a few pointers and really enjoyed the book, there was WAY too much information to be absorbed and would probably benefit the audience as a physical reference book instead of an audio book.

    If I had the hard copy of this book, I may give it 4.5-5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-17-06
    Amy Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-17-06
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    "A guide to whine about"

    I found the amount of information in this audiobook to be simply overwhelming for a beginner. Part of the problem is the audio format: listening to brief descriptions of many different types of wines makes it almost impossible to retain any of that information, whereas if I had a book in front of me, I could highlight, reread, and easily refer back to certain sections.

    Some of the information is interesting, but downright useless for the average wine drinker--sure, if I can't get the cork out of my old port, I'll just pull out my red hot tongs to heat the bottle neck to that I can then cool it and break the neck off. Right.

    Some of the views the author expresses seem pretentious, as well. For example, he seems to think that there is an absolute correlation between wine quality and price, which I would disagree with.

    I wouldn't recommend the audio version of this book, especially to a beginner.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Gamache 05-05-14
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    "Exceptional Introduction"
    If you could sum up A Guide to Wine in three words, what would they be?

    Exceptional, eloquent, Humorous


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julian Curry? Why or why not?

    I am looking forward to the next book by Julian Curry due to his easy to follow prose, outstanding narration and thorough coverage of the subject of Wine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His remarks concerning how to get the best out of a Sommelier were both amusing and usefule: "let him have his moment".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The narration was smooth enough that sitting and listening to it in one setting sounds inviting, but to be honest, I would recommend against it. I found myself listening to a couple chapters twice over, or sometimes more, simply because of the sheer amount of information covered.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 06-21-12
    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 06-21-12
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    "Great Primer on Wine"

    This book provides the perfect amount of information that anyone would need to start appreciating wine. The book is well organized and allows the gradual building of a wine oriented vocabulary. Although the amount of time given to tasting wine is limited, there is a wonderful explanation of various popular grape varieties. This section may go quickly for some, but it is a good way to get acquainted with some basic facts about grapes. I believe that the section devoted to wine regions greatly added to the quality of this book. It provides a country by country comparison of wine and the quality of various grapes. The author seems to enjoy the subject but does not take wine too seriously. This seems like an excellent first book on wine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose TIJUANA, Mexico 06-14-12
    Jose TIJUANA, Mexico 06-14-12
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    "Way too much valuable info for just one volume"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Without any doubt for us -wine lovers, any guide to learn more about wine is always to be read or listened to; however this book has a tremendous amount of info that does not give you time to digest, rather keeps pounding and pounding. It got to a point which I decided to stop listening to it.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Very interesting information about grapes variety, regions, wine reports and so on.


    Do you think A Guide to Wine needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    More than a follow-up book, it needs to be divided into 3 or 4 volumes in order to appreciate it


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I am not an expert on the matter, is is DEFINITELY not for begginers. Needs more basic information to guide the listener step by step.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Schertz, Texas, United States 03-19-12
    Robert Schertz, Texas, United States 03-19-12
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    "OK book"

    Very informative and contains a lot of wine info. Almost too detailed to remember. Also a bit dry at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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