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For all the praise the book gets, I wouldn't say it is the most enjoyable wine read ever. It covers a lot of info geographically (despite leaving out some wine producing countries), but I find the narrative lacks a bit of poetry, or that x factor that makes a something a remarkable experience. I think the book could have used more graphical illustrations (especially for step-by-step wine making, or chemical compounds interactions etc) instead of black and white pictures; this could have brought the content more nicely together. For example, even though I ran into the term malic acid multiple times, I still can't tell from the top of my head where would I place it in a wine story; images usually help with these concepts better.
The book is too complete for a summary review. Anyway more is always better than less, and the book gives a wide perspective of the wine business throughout the worlds, the new and the old. In th chapter about Portugal, there some inaccuracies related with the history of the Oporto Wine. The story is much more glamourous than the one that is described. But in the end I would recommend the book as it’s very complete and give a very good scope of the wine making business.