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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.

40 of 40 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!!

7 of 7 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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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Excellent book!!

Well written and Well read who is charming in his style and wit. Great wine education which covered all basis of this wonderful provision we can enjoy from our loving creator. Psalms 104:15

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loved how it was read. lots of enthusiasm

very interesting. basic and advanced contents suitable for all wine lovers. keeps you entertained throughout the book.

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Wine wit and wisdom!

The author's performance is engaging throughout. Although I would like to get the print book because he does such a good job with keeping the pronunciation that a lot of appellation and vineyard names went over my head. I also love that he stays positive for the most part in talking about what can be found enjoyable and very unique within each wine making region. I plan on referring to this book over and over as well as use the available PDF to try wines from the areas he covers myself. Thanks Mr.Curry for your insight shared.

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Great book!

What did you love best about A Guide to Wine?

The narrator is also the writer; and in my opinion this gives the book a little extra pizzazz as he puts his heart and humor into the telling. Mr. Curry obviously knows a lot about wine but the refreshing part is that he puts it out in a way that is comfortable for someone such as me who is a lover of wine (as in its taste) and wanting to learn more. I have listened to the book at least four times so I would say that I highly recommend it. Cheers!

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Julian- Let's be in touch.

A thrilling experience! Thank you, and I am inspired to explore the world and discover its finest wines. What is the best way to be in touch with you?

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  • 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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  • 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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