Book review: Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course

Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course
By: Andrew Jefford
Photo: William Lingwood & Alan Williams, et al
Ryland, Peters & Small, £19.99, ISBN 978-1845977238

This is an introduction to wine and wine tasting. Andrew Jefford accompanies the reader through a series of “projects” where each is focused on learning something about wine. You can start with Project #1 “how to taste wine” and then go through the book to learn (a bit) about winemaking, about grape varieties and about the world’s major wine districts. Each section also contains some practical exercises to make the whole even more enjoyable. The book is elegantly produced with overall a very good photo material (and Jefford seems to have enjoyed the tasting shoots with his three beautiful co-tasters). The text is well written and easy to follow, not going very much in detail of course. In other words, it’s an excellent introduction to wine and wine tasting that can be followed up later (in the Christmas present sack for instance) with one more book with more details on wine regions and wine producers.

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