Reviewed by Emma Rogers
How much do you really know about wine? How many grape varieties does it take to make a good vintage of champagne? What about the vintage years?
Or where the New World ends, and the Old World begins? Would you like to be able to bluff your way better in wine?
Harry Eyres and Jonathan Goodall write a comprehensive, but light and bubbly guide to everything you need to know about wine. As a wine novice myself, I was apprehensive about how heavy this book might be, but from the start, it’s actually more entertaining but with some hearty information to keep the conversation going throughout a dinner party. The book starts by explaining about the different grape varieties, then about where they are found around the world, and smattered with some history of the fermentation process. There’s practical advice about when and how to use some of the information too. The book goes on to talk about the fortified wines (sherry) and their history, and Champagne and other sparkling wines like Prosecco. There’s even a glossary at the end for you to refer to in the future.
The whole book is written in a very jovial, comical way that makes it easy to read and therefore easy to pick up and put down. The information is also very easy to understand with very little technical language, and what is technical is well explained. I found myself chuckling away to the little jokes on each page, and the gentle ribbing of the snobbish behaviour around some people in the wine world.
This would make a great book for someone who had a little interest in wine, or to accompany a Christmas present of a wine tasting day.
Millennials might appreciate this book as they start their wine-drinking career, or add it to the rest of the Bluffer’s Guide group of books that make up the whole set.
RRP: £6.99 (Paperback) / £3.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.