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  • Published: 3 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846144462
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 1400
  • RRP: $300.00

Wine Grapes: A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours


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Wine Grapes is an indispensable book for every wine lover, from the world's greatest wine experts.

Wine Grapes is an indispensable book for every wine lover, from the world's greatest wine experts.
Where do wine grapes come from and how are they related to each other? What is the historical background of each grape variety? Where are they grown? What sort of wines do they make and, most importantly, what do they taste like?

Using the most cutting-edge DNA analysis to detail almost 1,400 distinct grape varieties, as well as myriad correct (and almost as many incorrect) synonyms, this book includes revelatory grape family trees, and a rich variety of illustrations from Viala and Vermorel's seminal ampelography of century-old drawings. Combining Jancis Robinson's world view, nose for good writing and good wines with Julia  Harding's expertise and attention to detail plus Dr Vouillamoz's unique level of scholarship, Wine Grapes offers essential and original information in  greater depth and breadth than has ever been available before. This is a book for wine students, wine experts and wine lovers everywhere.
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  • Pub date: 3 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846144462
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 1400
  • RRP: $300.00

About the Authors

Julia Harding

Julia Harding passed the notoriously stiff Master of Wine exams at the first attempt, the top student of her year. She is Jancis Robinson's full-time researcher, co-ordinator and associate palate. In this book she has gathered the most up-to-date statistics about wine- grape plantings in every corner of the planet as well as unearthing recommended wine producers for almost every variety.

Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson is one of the world's best-known wine writers. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to qualify as a Master of Wine. The Financial Times wine writer, she is the author/editor of dozens of wine books, including two of the most respected and garlanded, The Oxford Companion to Wine (OUP) and The World Atlas of Wine (Mitchell Beazley). She is widely regarded by the wine-drinking public as an authority on vine varieties. Her award-winning website has subscribers in 100 countries.

José Vouillamoz

JOSÉ VOUILLAMOZ, who worked with Professor Carole Meredith and the ground-breaking team of grape geneticists at the University of California at Davis, is a botanist and grape geneticist with an international reputation and is currently based in his native Switzerland. He has discovered numerous unexpected relationships between grape varieties, many of which are exclusive to this book.


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