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A Guide to Wine Audiobook

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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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!!

    6 of 6 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 2015
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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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    David Boulder, CO, United States 02-23-11
    David Boulder, CO, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "A great aperitif"

    This isn't the end-all guide to everything wine. It isn't going to improve your pallate and heighten your senses.

    It is a funny book that gives a great overview of the world of wine, from production, to tasting, food pairing, and a little information on some of the popular varietals and wine regions. For anyone who is new to wine, it is a great launching off point. And it is fun to listen to. He has a fun style of writing, and is easy to listen to. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 05-10-10
    Matthew 05-10-10 Member Since 2014
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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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    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Excellent performance and very informative"

    Quite short, but very enjoyable... Light hearted and not at all stuffy. Fully recommended, I have learned much and will almost certainly listen again.

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