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The Art and Science of Wine

How wine is made, from field to cellar to bottle.

Great wine is a complex blend of nature, art and science. In this updated new edition of a classic book, the "how and why" of a wine's creation are examined in detail.

Acclaimed wine writers James Halliday and Hugh Johnson analyze the art and science behind the winemaking process. They start with the fundamental role of terroir the complex combination of characteristics that give a wine its personality. The latest developments in pruning and irrigation are then covered, along with the recent emergence of vineyards...
Recommended by Randall Grahm, and 1 others.

Randall GrahmThere are other winemaking books, but if you have one wine book on a desert island this would probably be the one that you want or need. (Source)

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Kermit Lynch's recounting of his experiences on the wine route and in the wine cellars of France takes the reader through the Loire, Bordeaux, the Languedoc, Provence, Northern and Southern Rhone, and the Cote d'Or. less
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Randall GrahmIt is a funny book. What is best about Kermit’s writing is that he really captures the feel of a place. (Source)

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Roald Dahl's humor-tinged story begins as a dinner gathering and grows into a rivalry between home owner Mike Schofield and an arrogant, overbearing wine expert named Richard Pratt. Schofield challenges Pratt to a test of his expertise and their wager grows until the stakes are immense. Neither party can afford to lose but neither will call of the bet. less
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Randall GrahmIt is an amazing story. It is very funny and also captures how wine tasters can use language to assert cultural superiority. (Source)

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What is taste? Is it individual or imposed on us from the outside? Why are so many of us so intimidated when presented with the wine list at a restaurant? In "The Accidental Connoisseur," journalist Lawrence Osborne takes off on a personal voyage through a little-known world in pursuit of some answers. Weaving together a fantastic cast of eccentrics and obsessives, industry magnates and small farmers, the author explores the way technological change, opinionated critics, consumer trends, wheelers and dealers, trade wars, and mass market tastes have made the elixir we drink today entirely... more
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Randall GrahmWhat is amazing about the book, for me, is the quality of the writing, which is lovely and very funny. (Source)

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"The most useful single volume on wine ever published... If I owned only one wine book, it would be this one." - Andrew Jefford, Decanter

Few wine books can be called classic, but the first edition of The World Atlas of Wine made publishing history when it appeared in 1971. It is recognized by critics as the essential and most authoritative wine reference work available. This eighth edition will bring readers, both old and new, up to date with the world of wine.
To reflect all the changes in the global wine scene over the past six years, the Atlas...
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Randall GrahmWhat’s so amazing about the book is its compendious nature. It really covers so much. It captures the depth and range of the wine world. (Source)

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The Painted Bird

Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Called by the Los Angeles Times "one of the most imposing novels of the decade," it was eventually translated into more than thirty languages.

A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, The Painted Bird is a dark novel that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. It is the first, and the most famous, novel by a writer who is now discredited.
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Randall Grahm@jeromecharyn @BonnyDoonVineyd @bascove1 @lenoreriegel @flatironwines It was so honored that you saw your way to participate, and very glad that the event was not too onerous. Currently reading the Kosinski book and enjoying it immensely. Would love to get together again next time in NYC. (Source)

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