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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I work in a fancy restaurant and wanted a bit more wine knowledge. This book was very entertaining, I enjoyed the reader. It has wet my appetite to learn more about wine.
Too much details, especially with list of vines and terroirs in each country. This part should have beeen like a reference, not to be read entirely. And not enough details when talking about fermentation or production or tasting. The author mentioned many wines in each country but i would have loved if he mentioned the best reputed wines also with some details about them.
I took a bartending class and wanted to learn more about wine, but this book require reader to have sufficient knowledge of wine variety, grape, process, etc.
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.
The non-pedantic way the book is written, it feels very friendly.
It is complete, yet simple.
Exceptional, eloquent, Humorous
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.
His remarks concerning how to get the best out of a Sommelier were both amusing and usefule: "let him have his moment".
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.
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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