Award-winning wine writer Oz Clarke offers a candid, accessible guide to exploring major wine regions of the world, from France's Côte-Rôtie to New Zealand's Marlborough, asking in his introduction, "Can a wine really taste of somewhere? What can that mean?"
Clarke begins by surveying wine grapes and styles with focus on classic French varietals that have had the greatest influence on winemaking today—from Bordeaux to Syrah. He also covers how cultivation differs from country to country, as those grapes migrated outside of France.
The reading can be heady. Of Australian Rieslings, he writes: “lime green-gold; they literally reeked of freshly-squeezed lime juice and spilt petrol (lovely: a childhood ‘going-on-holiday’ smell for me), and then backed up this citrous pungency with an unnerving flavor like toasted white bread dripping with melted butter.”
Clarke’s voice and insight is cheeky and engaging: a welcome companion to wine-inspired wanderlust.
This is a publication of The Académie du Vin Library, founded by British wine expert Stephen Spurrier and friends.