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Wine Myths and Reality, by Benjamin Lewin MW

Wine Myths and Reality, by Benjamin Lewin MW


2nd edition, revised and rewritten

Hardback – 204 x 229 mm – 710 pages

650 illustrations

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 very 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. 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 scrutinized, 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?

Benjamin Lewis MW brings a unique combinations of qualifications in wine and science to bear on the world of wine. He is one on the only 300 Masters of Wine, and was the founding Editor of Cell, a leading journal in the life of sciences.

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