A Wine Writers View on the World of Wine. Formerly Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies
A French chap walks into my store earlier today (18/6/11) and asks me about English wines, I only stock four, Nyetimber Brut, Nyetimber Rose, Ickworth Sparkling Rose and Primrose Hill. He grabs two Ickworth and two Primrose Hill. After looking at the Primrose for a while he asks me about the grape variety of the wine. I mention it’s a Bacchus wine and point it out on the label. The gentleman’s response was ‘I’ve never heard of it.’
Shock and awe tactics kick in now. I tell him what I know about the grape. After leaving him to peruse my shelves I pull out the holiest of holy wine bibles, Jancis Robinson The Oxford Companion to Wine.
As he commences payment I point out the segment regarding the Bacchus grape. Our protagonist reads the section and after finishing his purchase he asks me to write down the dictionary’s title. The man was, rightly, impressed.
For any wine lover out there, this book truly is the wine bible. I take this book everywhere with me. It is the ultimate source for wine references, wine geography, grape varieties wine terminology. It is THE wine dictionary.
This book needs to be on all wine buffs shelves.
Hardcover available at Amazon from £21.38
For WSET Diploma students, it’s part of your study pack.
The best reference book out there.