If you really need or want to know EVERYTHING about wine-making, this book is completely essential for you. Michael Bird, a chartered chemist and Master of Wine lays down all his extensive knowledge in a fashion that is fun to read and easy to understand, a key point about this book.
An extensive treaty on marketing wine, focusing all the involved stages and actors. There is real insight about the market, supported by several real case studies divided by specific subjects/chapters. Extensive knowledge about the wine industry, but specially focused on Australia, the authors, C Michael Hall and Mr. Richard Mitchell, country of origin.
Anyone who is serious about tasting has to know his way around grape varieties, this compendium by Oz Clarke and Margaret Rand, does a pretty good job on covering, probably, almost every single variety that's planted for the purpose of making wine. It has detailed descriptions of the major grapes, with insights on typical character imposed to wines, main regions of production and even tips on wines to try. All other grapes are covered in more or less depth depending on their weight on the winemaking world. All of this spicked by Oz's humour and enormous love for wine.
"A fascinating look into the world of wine". A must see for any serious wine lover, a very honest documentary divided in three stories, each giving light into a different perspective of the business. It starts following Berry Brothers and Rudd, showing a merchant's steps dealing with the 2007 vintage. We than see the perspective of the seller Château Margaux also about 2007 and also the 2008 vines evolution. Finally some insight in South African wine industry, and the future of the business.