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A thoroughly revised and updated Second Edition of this essential and groundbreaking reference gives a comprehensive overview of one of the most fascinating, important, and controversial trends in the world of wine: the scientific and technological innovations that are now influencing how grapes are grown and how wine is made. Jamie Goode, a widely respected authority on wine science, details the key scientific developments relating to viticulture and enology, explains the practical application of science to techniques that are used around the world, and explores how these issues are affecting the quality, flavor, and perception of wine. The only complete and accessibly written resource available on the subject, The Science of Wine: From Vine to Glass engagingly discusses a wide range of topics including terroir, biodynamics, the production of "natural" or manipulation-free wines, the potential effect of climate change on grape growing, the health benefits of wine, and much more. A must-have reference for a wide audience of students, winemakers, wine professionals, and general readers interested in the science of wine.
Jamie Goode is the wine columnist for the UK national newspaper The Sunday Express and he also writes for The World of Fine Wine, Wines and Vines, Wine Business International, Wine and Spirits, and Sommelier Journal. He is coauthor of Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking (UC Press). The first edition of The Science of Wine was the 2006 Glenfiddich Drink Book of the Year.
Reviews from the first edition:
"Winemaking these days is a complicated process that cannot always be understood intuitively. Fortunately Jamie Goode's new book The Science of Wine: From Vine to Glass explains some of the terms that critics toss around [...] Mr. Goode manages to make then lively and provocative."
– Eric Asimov, New York Times
"He is a good writer who can make complex subjects accessible and interesting to a wide variety of readers [...] For many readers this may be the most important book they will read all year."
– Wine East
"The best book ever addressed to amateurs on the complicated,and these days sometimes contentious, technical aspects of wine. Jamie Goode is well informed, clear, simple, and lively. In fact, he sets a high standard so high that it would be hard to beat by a writer on any subject."
– The Art Of Eating
"I promise that unless you are already a trained enologist and viticulturist, no one will read this book and not learn a great many things. Moreover, it's been a long time since I picked up a wine book of any stripe and learned as much as I did and had as entertaining a time doing it. In short, buy it-you'll thank me."
– Allen Meadows Burghound
"You could read this book cover to cover; you can just as well dip into particular chapters as the mood strikes you, or when some wine geek drops a string of terms you aren't familiar with. Either way, if you want to understand the science behind what's in your glass, this is the place to go."
"An excellent reference work and, once you're in, a very interesting read."
"Thorough, fascinating, and comprehensive [...] A perfect mix of science and humanity, not unlike wine itself."
– Gastronomica: Journal Of Food & Culture
"A fantastic job presenting balanced, approachable yet technical essays on many of the major issues in winemaking and appreciation [...] Goode's readable prose makes even the most technical subjects accessible. For anyone interested in more than just drinking wine, this is a must read."
– Wine Enthusiast
"This book is fabulous, simply fabulous [...] The author has done a top notch job of explaining to all wine drinkers just how much science already shapes what is in every wine bottle. He does a masterful job of detailing how much we know and where the research frontiers are located. This superb book is a must for all wine drinkers. Buy this book."
– California Grapevine
"Mr. Goode has written one of the most enlightening and clearheaded wine books to appear in years. What's more, he's taken on a subject fraught with eye-glazing complexities and distilled it into a 216-page book that is a model of clarity and concision [...] If you have any interest in wine, anything that goes beyond, say, the verbiage on the back label of a bottle, you'll find that [...] this is a wine book you'll actually read and reread."
– Matt Kramer, New York Sun
"I learnt a humbling amount from Goode's book, however, and by no means all of it scientific."
– Jancis Robinson, Financial Times
"In a conversational style, Goode investigates every current major technical issue about wine and some philosophical ones as well [...] Easy to swallow."
– W. Blake Gray, San Francisco Chronicle
"If you are into the esoterica of wine making, this book is a must."
– Dan Berger, The Press Democrat
"A splendid read for serious wine fans."
– Miami Herald
"Reads like a novel. The author writes of wine as an expert, but without ever tiring his reader [...] It's a fascinating book, easy to read, sure to interest specialists and knowledgeable nonspecialists alike. Read a chapter now and again throughout the summer, and all year long."
– Vins & Vignobles
"It's a splendid read."
– The Buffalo News