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Great Book Find....Wine

Posted by rhill2990, Sep 3, 2009.

My wife gave me a gift certificate for my birthday which up until today I had not used. Today I was sent a coupon for 40% off at a prominent bookstore chain. So I used my coupon and my gift certificate and purchased the tome "Wine" edited by Andre' Domine'. I sat down with it for about an hour before purchasing it. It seems to be an extensive volume and I am really enjoying it. I would invite your opinions concerning the book and your impressions, etc. Is this a well-known volume among wine lovers?


Reply by silverpelicanfeather, Sep 4, 2009.

Andre is actually a chef rather than a wine specialist. OTOH, he has several books out on culinary matters and wine connections.
In my humble opinion, the "Oxford Companion to Wine" is the "Bible" and all the other works add to the knowledge. Costing a little more, one might notice that Oxford is the only work in the field of wine to have all solid stars as rating guides.

Reply by GregT, Sep 4, 2009.

It's a good and complete book. Oxford companion is too, although Domine's book is somewhat easier to actually sit and read. He did a very good job.

The Oxford book gets more comments in part because it is Oxford after all, but also because it has a longer history and also because Jancis Robinson is a well-known writer and critic in English. She has edited the past few volumes and they have top notch people writing the various sections. It's one of the best reference works on wine available anywhere. But I find it better to use as a reference, in the same way I'd use an encyclopedia. OTOH if you want to sit and read about an area, the Domine book is nicer.

Either way, you have one of the better books out.

Reply by Hollytron, Jan 9, 2010.

I actually got a coupon today for my local Borders and got that very book! It seems great and I can't wait to get into it some more!

Reply by AdamJefferson, Mar 17, 2010.

I have the Oxford Companion; its an alphabetical reference source which covers in great detail, including quite a bit of geography and geology of wine regions.  I recommend it.

Reply by mrrar, Mar 17, 2010.

The OP was asking for thoughts on this particular book, not on the 'gold standard' of wine books.


I'd also like to hear what people think about this seemingly far more accessible volume.

Reply by amour, Mar 17, 2010.

Thanks for sharing the joys of the book  WINE.

I will purchase it and make sure we are on the same page !!


Reply by amour, Mar 25, 2010.

I wanted to push your book-choice forward!

And I also wanted to suggest yet another inexpensive and very useful


KEVIN ZRALY has put out


with several pages for your labels, and tasting notes.

It is neat!

I was given one as a gift and I was delighted, even though I own millions of books. (I actually traded in books for many years and still do so a bit in London.)

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