• Understanding the World of Wine

  • By: Brian Wheaton
  • Narrated by: Brian Wheaton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Publisher's summary

Gain the wine know-how you’ve always wanted in this comprehensive course. 

Choosing the right wine for an occasion can be a challenge even for the experienced. To help you master that challenge and deepen your appreciation of wine and its inexpressibly rich lore, Master of Wine Brian Wheaton recorded Understanding the World of Wine

Whether you're a seasoned oenophile or a beginner, you will discover new insights in this set of 36 easy-to-use audio lectures. You'll explore the rich history of winemaking, learn how wine is created today, and understand what makes each of the world’s great grape varieties special. You will journey through winemaking regions across the globe, from classic areas like Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone Valley to New World vineyards in the US, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. 

You will find practical tips and advice. Can wine improve your health? How is wine best matched with food? What are the biggest pitfalls to avoid? What is the essential wine vocabulary? What are the best ways to shop for wine? 

You can enjoy these lively 25-minute lectures while you commute, run errands, or exercise - wherever and whenever you want.     

Discover the wonderful world of wine today. 

This course is part of the Learn25 collection.

©2009 Now You Know Media, Inc. (P)2009 Now You Know Media, Inc.

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A brief history of wine

This was a fantastic way to skim the surface of the world of wine.
the author climbs into history of regions and each type of wine.

I actually ended up trying a few new wine thanks to his audio book.

I'd recommend this to anyone that enjoys history, science, and of course... wine.

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Interesting listen but misses key facts.

I enjoyed listening to the narration but couldn't get past Bordeaux. He describes how the glaciers and the rivers brought the famous gravel down to the Medoc yet seems to say that the streams that separate St. Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien, etc. were cut by the glaciers. No mention of the fact that the Medoc didn't exist as anything but swamp land until the Dutch drained it in the 1600's, and that those streams are actually drainage channels. This is a pretty big item to omit about arguably the most famous wine region in the world, and leaves one thinking about what else might be missing.

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  • 07-26-18

Informative

Some people complain about the reading, but the reader is also the writer, who is a master of wine. I listen to this book as if I was in a classroom listening to a lecture. In this way the occasional cough doesn't bother me one bit.

There is a lot of information in this book and I highly recommend it!

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good historical overview

pros: good overview from an expert about the significant wine growing regions, technics and styles of the world.
cons:
-the last 15 years are missing, since it is an older book, and there are relevant changes in styles, trends, rising regions l, etc.
-old fashioned view of the author: e.g. the wine cellar starts with Bordeaux, Burgundy and Port.

conclusion: worth it

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If you’re interested in wine

An excellent listen to, the narrator is very witty quite enjoyable. He breaks down each topic and idea to a very understandable terms and keeps it interesting.

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Very good overview of the world wine industry.

This is a very comprehensive overview of the world of wine, how wine came to be (and now comes to be) and the many, many varieties in which it we encounter and enjoy it. Exceptional narration.

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Someone please give Brian Wheaton some water

My god does this man smack his lips, not to mention the gasping before reading.

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Skip this

A third of this book is a ramble and has nothing to do with wine. Another third is loosely about wine but is useless information for most readers e.g bacteria types, in depth soil composition discussion, plant roots.. etc

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from root to glass

very informative. but maybe too specific in regions of the world, and much of that has changed since 2009

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did not like. author was all over

did not like the book. struggling to listen. very dry. author was very distracted. thank

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