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A Guide to Wine Audiobook

A Guide to Wine

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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.

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    darko 07-20-16
    darko 07-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Lots of facts, too little stories behind"

    The narrator is just awesome. Tons of facts condensed in couple of hours. However I would not mind 3 times as long book, it it was told in a form of story telling, and not facts narrating. Once again, the guy is excellent narrator, passionate, but for me it would have been more fun and valuable to learn some cool story about say specific regions, not mainly types of grapes, labeling, classifications and similar.

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    Kyra United States 03-14-16
    Kyra United States 03-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    Nicely structured with excellent delivery by the author. An enjoyable listen. Well done and cheers!

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    Loki 02-19-16
    Loki 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very detailed."

    this book touches based on everything across the board. I am studying for my sommelier and there is a lot of great information here.

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    Toni Copenhagen 09-18-15
    Toni Copenhagen 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simple, yet complete, guide to wine for beginners"
    What did you love best about A Guide to Wine?

    The non-pedantic way the book is written, it feels very friendly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is complete, yet simple.


    Have you listened to any of Julian Curry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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    Anthony Summers 03-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book on all points!"

    Loved it! Serves as a great introduction to wine. Highly recommended for all looking to expand their knowledge.

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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.


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    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 06-21-12
    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 06-21-12 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Ronald Oxford, CT, USA 01-25-09
    Ronald Oxford, CT, USA 01-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "This one is Fine"

    Like fine wine this book was informative... I would reccomend this book.

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