Andre Domine launches his expeditions from his home base in southern France and sniffs and sips his way through the vineyards and cellars of France, Spain, the USA, South Africa, and other interesting winegrowing countries. His contributions to the most popular wine and food magazines testify to his enthusiasm for every aspect of the wine experience. Armin Faber has been taking pictures of anything and everything having to do with wine and good food for more than 20 years. He has worked closely with the studio photographer Thomas Pothmann in Dusseldorf for 10 years, where wine and food are also commonly "on the menu".
The wines of South Africa, Italy, Germany, China and dozens of other countries and regions are explored in Andre Domine's gorgeous, gargantuan Wine. Incorporating a dizzying amount of information from a diagram of the olfactory mucosa to an exploration of proper vineyard soils, a discussion of the "Hades" method of wine maturation and recommendations about which white to have with oysters this tome is sure to please oenophiles and novices alike. And with more than 1,500 color illustrations detailed maps, vivid photographs of vineyards and snow-capped Alps by Armin Faber and Thomas Pothmann the book is as attractive as it is informative. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Both novice and experienced wine lovers will savor this lushly illustrated, gorgeously packaged introduction to the world of wine. After opening with a brief history of this intoxicating potable, it covers the basics on choosing, serving, tasting, and storing wine. Readers are then whisked into the vineyard to see how grapes are cultivated and into the winery to observe the bottling process. The book's focus then shifts from an overview of its subject to a detailed look at 13 different wine-producing regions and countries. Coverage of each region or country includes a historical overview, detailed growing maps, production details and statistics, and a selection of wine producers with samples of their labels. The Oxford Companion to Wine (LJ 12/94) will still be the first choice for libraries needing a basic reference to this subject, but with its sleek visual look and abundant illustrations and photographs, this volume by Domine (who edited Culinaria France) will be a valuable counterpart to this standard source. Recommended for both academic and large public libraries. John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.