Tuesday, April 14, 2009


So in prepping for my CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) Exam, I went to Borders to try and pick up a new text to help me study. I am almost as passionate about books as I am about wine (ask me about my 1st edition Mark Twain or my Mercury Theatre playbooks). And though I have most of the more popular wine books out there, I came across a new, beautiful work by Andre Domine, simply titled WINE.

WINE is one of thost big fat textbooks that reminds me of all the Literature books I carried around for college. Extremely comprehensive, and boasting a large list of contributing writers (mostly German it would seem, it was originally published in German and entitled WEIN).

Weaving a brief, concise history of wine with the methodology of tasting wine, as well as breaking down the various wines of the world, it is compiled with wonderfully-constructed photographs and arranged quite elegantly.

Obviously, the section on Germany is well-done, and is explained carefully and thoughtfully, as is the sections dedicated to France, Austria and South Africa. Being the Italian wine geek though, there were portions of the Italian section that were stark and vague (see Southern Italy). However, overall, the book does spend a significant amount of time on just about every wine region in the world.

You really should take a look at this great book, which I have been reading while being somewhat sick (stomach bug or something). You can find out more about it here.

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