Wine Myths & Reality by Benjamin Lewin (Hardback)
Panoramic in its scope, magisterial in its treatment, and meticulous in its research, Wine Myths and Reality explores the world of wine extensively. From monks treading grapes in the Middle Ages to the latest research into grapevine DNA, this compelling book presents the authoritative account of how wine is really made.
Is wine an artisanal creation or industrial product? The first edition of Wine Myths and Reality was widely praised for its innovative view of how wine is made and what distinguishes wines from different places. The world of wine is constantly changing and this second edition is expanded and completely rewritten to take account of new developments. Panoramic in its scope, magisterial in its treatment, and meticulous in its research, Wine Myths and Reality explores the world of wine extensively. From monks treading grapes in the Middle Ages to the latest research into grapevine DNA, this compelling book presents the authoritative account of how wine is really made. Practices in viticulture and vinification are explained, the tricks of the wine trade are revealed, the methods of the New and the Old Worlds are scrutinised, and their wines are evaluated. Extensively illustrated with photographs, maps and charts, the approachable and entertaining style immediately engages the reader in the wine universe. An overview of all major wine-producing countries extends from the powerful wines of the New World to the classic wines of Europe. Does terroir really matter? Is the international style taking over? Will global warming destroy the existing wine-producing regions? And extrapolating from current trends, what will wine be like in the future?
About the Author: Benjamin Lewin MW brings a unique combination of qualifications in wine and science to bear on the world of wine. He is one of only 300 Masters of Wine, and was the founding editor of Cell, a leading journal in the life sciences. His previous wine books, most recently Wines of France, received worldwide critical acclaim for their innovative approach. He is the author of the international series of Guides to Wines and Top Vineyards. Lewin also writes the myths and realities column in the World of Fine Wine and contributes to Decante Magazine. He divides his time between the eastern United States and wine-growing regions worldwide.
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