Is wine an artisanal creation or industrial product? The first edition
of Wine Myths and Reality was widely praised for its innovative
view of how wine is made and what distinguishes wines from
different places. The world of wine is constantly changing and
this second edition is expanded and completely rewritten to take
account of new developments.
Panoramic in its scope, magisterial in its treatment, and meticulous
in its research, Wine Myths and Reality explores the world of wine
extensively. From monks treading grapes in the Middle Ages to
the latest research into grapevine DNA, this compelling book
presents the authoritative account of how wine is really made.
Practices in viticulture and vinification are explained, the tricks of
the wine trade are revealed, the methods of the New and the Old
Worlds are scrutinised, and their wines are evaluated. Extensively
illustrated with photographs, maps and charts, the approachable
and entertaining style immediately engages the reader in the wine
An overview of all major wine-producing countries extends from
the powerful wines of the New World to the classic wines of
Europe. Does terroir really matter? Is the international style taking
over? Will global warming destroy the existing wine-producing
regions? And extrapolating from current trends, what will wine be
like in the future?