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  • By: Julian Curry
  • Narrated by: Julian Curry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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A Guide to Wine

By: Julian Curry
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Summary

Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine which takes the listener to the heart of winemaking and wine drinking in a clear but light-hearted manner. However rich and complex the subject of wine may be, he insists it is also hugely rewarding and great fun.

Curry's informative and entertaining program begins with a description of work in the vineyard and cellar. It outlines the many choices faced by grape-grower and winemaker, resulting in the variety of different styles of wine produced. It continues with wine's journey from winery to gullet, with advice on cellaring, buying, serving food-matching and tasting. And it concludes with a lengthy section devoted to all the major wine regions, in the Old World and the New.

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"... a chatty, moderately technical handbook with just the right balance of history, geography, anecdote and advice about every aspect of this vast subject, from how far apart to plant your vines to the ideal corkscrew. Champagne corks shouldn't pop, by the way, they should give a gentle sigh..."( Satyrday Guardian)

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Excellent performance and very informative

Quite short, but very enjoyable... Light hearted and not at all stuffy. Fully recommended, I have learned much and will almost certainly listen again.

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Easy to listen and very informative

Great narration. This book is very easy to listen to, packed with a tone of interesting and useful information about wine.
The book is divided in handy chapters, allowing you to directly jump to the grape/region you need, when selecting wines to purchase.
If you love wine, or are simply interested in general facts and knowledge, this book is definitely for you.

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  • 29-09-20

Excellent!

Incredibly enjoyable, informative and concise work. Something I feel I will listen more than a few times.

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Well-written, well-narrated.

Best audible to date, I thoroughly recommend this to beginner/intermediate wine enthusiasts. A perfect introduction to grapes, regions and the making of wine.

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A great source of info

if you're looking to learn more about grapes and wines... look no further than this. I'm a newbie and learnt lots

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  • Laurence
  • 26-09-03

Comprehensive overview

This audiobook exceeded my expectations. The author provides a comprehensive overview of wine in a lively and entertaining manner. I enjoy wine but had always been intimidated by the many winemakers and varieties. I know have a much better understanding of how wine is classified and what to look for in selecting wine. I'll listen to this book again and again.

A great addition - if you are reading this, author - is to provide maps of major wine regions that can be downloaded to accompany the audio.

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  • YogaGirl
  • 26-06-09

Superior Audiobook!

Don't let anyone dissuade you from purchasing this book based on the fact that it has a lot of information to absorb. Of course it does, isn't that what we are paying for? I have read at least 4 books on wine from the Dummy series to the more complex resources, and I must say that this audiobook can hold its own next to them all. If you are finding that there is too much to remember, read a few books about wine before you listen. I like to take this along with me on my dog walks. It is brilliantly read and wildly entertaining. This book is a wonderful resource for those who would like to learn about wine as well as those who know a fair amount and just want a relaxing review. Nice job, Julian Curry!!

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  • Amy
  • 17-02-06

A guide to whine about

I found the amount of information in this audiobook to be simply overwhelming for a beginner. Part of the problem is the audio format: listening to brief descriptions of many different types of wines makes it almost impossible to retain any of that information, whereas if I had a book in front of me, I could highlight, reread, and easily refer back to certain sections.

Some of the information is interesting, but downright useless for the average wine drinker--sure, if I can't get the cork out of my old port, I'll just pull out my red hot tongs to heat the bottle neck to that I can then cool it and break the neck off. Right.

Some of the views the author expresses seem pretentious, as well. For example, he seems to think that there is an absolute correlation between wine quality and price, which I would disagree with.

I wouldn't recommend the audio version of this book, especially to a beginner.

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  • Carolyn
  • 23-02-10

Excellent, complete, and approachable

This is an excellent overview of a very complex topic. It begins with an explanation of how wine is made and goes on to discuss grapes and regions, and the anti-snob snobbery is great. Throw in a few mildly snide comments about the French (all in good fun) and you have a tremendously useful overview.
Is there too much information here? Well, if you do not enjoy listening to non-fiction or if you do not really "learn by listening" then maybe so, but I did not have this reaction AT ALL. There were times when I stopped the narrative to back up and listen again, and I'm pretty sure I will listen from beginning to end at least one more time, but because of the quality of the information and not because there is just too much of it. Wine is a complex topic, and if you could learn all there is to know by listening to a single book (no matter how complete or delightful), then there would be no need in this world for wine stewards or sommeliers! I thought this was more than worth the price for both the content and the droll reading which I personally found to be delightful.

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  • Sarah Williams
  • 25-12-17

Good for those fairly familiar with wine already

While it has a lot of info about wine, it seems it is less of a beginners guide and more an enthusiasts voyage deeper into the topic... And the reader, while well spoken sounds like he is on an NPR program. Not really anything wrong with that, but it seemed to make the book longer than it should have been.

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  • David
  • 23-02-11

A great aperitif

This isn't the end-all guide to everything wine. It isn't going to improve your pallate and heighten your senses.

It is a funny book that gives a great overview of the world of wine, from production, to tasting, food pairing, and a little information on some of the popular varietals and wine regions. For anyone who is new to wine, it is a great launching off point. And it is fun to listen to. He has a fun style of writing, and is easy to listen to. I highly recommend it.

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  • Jane
  • 13-01-19

Great book but highly unpractical in audio format

I really enjoyed learning more about wines however the book is full of names - which is not very handy for an audiobook (hence 4 stars instead of 5 for Overall but 5 stars for Performance and Story). I would absolutely need a hard/paper copy of this book (not available), so I can come back to it again and again for references. I wouldn't know how to spell most of the names since they're in other languages (French and German are quite difficult to spell or guess spelling), so I can't even pause and write it down (and I speak 5 languages but not French or German). So in that regard it's quite useless if you know what I mean. The narrator is FANTASTIC. I enjoyed him so much I want to listen to all of his book regardless of the genre : ).

AMAZON, PLEASE GIVE US A PAPER COPY.

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  • Michael
  • 25-06-18

thia is an introduction to wine

great for people who are new to the world of wine or want a quick overview of the world's wine regions

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  • Matthew
  • 10-05-10

The single best wine guide out there

This is definitely the best wine guide out there. The author is knowledgeable, clear, and clearly enjoys his work.

The topic is laid out in a clear and engaging style which is ideal for both the novice and the expert. It is a very good education on the subject. It starts with the process of wine-making from the vineyard to the store and then discusses varietals and regions. A WONDERFUL AUDIBLE PURCHASE.

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  • Andrea
  • 03-10-08

TOO much Information for Audio Format

This book was a lot of fun to listen to, but there was way too much information for an audiobook. The charisma of the author is unbeatable and creates a fabulous energy for most listeners to be enthusiastic about. Although I did take up a few pointers and really enjoyed the book, there was WAY too much information to be absorbed and would probably benefit the audience as a physical reference book instead of an audio book.

If I had the hard copy of this book, I may give it 4.5-5 stars.

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