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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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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.

41 of 41 people found this review helpful

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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!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Good for those fairly familiar with wine already

While it has a lot of info about wine, it seems it is less of a beginners guide and more an enthusiasts voyage deeper into the topic... And the reader, while well spoken sounds like he is on an NPR program. Not really anything wrong with that, but it seemed to make the book longer than it should have been.

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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.

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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.

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Needs chapter titles

I am studying wine and am listening to and reading several books on the subject. The main issue that I have with this is that the audible version doesn’t list the chapter titles/topics. The first chapter talks about the specifics of growing/picking wine grapes, weather, and specific winery technology. I have no interest in what to wear while picking grapes. I’m not interested in this aspect of wine at the moment so I’d like to move on to the aspects of different wines and parts of the world. Not having chapter titles makes this difficult to do because I don’t know which to listen to without randomly choosing one.

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For the beginner

An informative and light rendition into the world of wine, viticulture and purchasing tips. This book is a very cheery introduction into the delightful use and discovery of fermented grape juice. It’s as simple as that. For the individual that has already immersed themselves in this nectar of gods, this one is probably not for you. I was hoping for much more in depth knowledge on the subject and received merely a sip. To be fair, the book is very much upfront about its novice approach and only attempts to outline briefly the major areas of importance regarding someone looking into getting their feet wet. Overall a solid intro that may inspire the reader or listener to pursue further endeavors into the “rabbit hole.”

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thia is an introduction to wine

great for people who are new to the world of wine or want a quick overview of the world's wine regions

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Almost didn't buy it

I listened to the sample and thought it sounded horrible. The actual audiobook is much better quality and is done very well actually. The narrator gets so close to being snooty, but pulls back on it at exactly the right moments. I thought the narration was great.

Now to the book. It's much better than anything I expected. It basically walks you into a vineyard and elaborates all the minutia of harvesting grapes and turning them into wine. I couldn't have asked for a better book. If you want a book about funny oopsie daisey roadtrips with friends into wine country, this is not it. I love what this book is and am so grateful it exists on audio.

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  • Review Robot X345Yu8
  • 03-02-16

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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  • Thomas Bennett
  • 02-01-17

A great source of info

if you're looking to learn more about grapes and wines... look no further than this. I'm a newbie and learnt lots

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  • jessica m dwyer
  • 01-12-17

Inspired and educated

great and well read broad overview of world wine. glad I bought this one. I'm in the grape growing industry and still got a lot out of the book. Does inspire travel though to now experience this first hand. Info is good and you will surely want to follow it up by sampling for yourself all the hallmark wines you have learned about.

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  • Gareth Noble
  • 04-06-16

Wine, with great English witt and passion

A great book providing a good introduction. Read in an engaging manner which expresses passion and good english witt. Julian needs to learn how to pronounce Otago, but his efforts of french, italian etc... were very impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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