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The ancient Greek philosophers called them elixirs of the gods. The Roman emperors used them to celebrate their victories. Kings and queens cherished them as they did their riches. And for wine lovers, the fine wines of today are still to be treasured and enjoyed. How and why these wines reach their zenith in color, flavor, and value is the focus of this beautifully illustrated book by wine connoisseur Baudouin Neirynck. Whether you are a wine expert or simply someone who enjoys an occasional glass of wine with your meals, The Grapes of Wine is as mesmerizing as a glass of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon. Beyond the basics of wine appreciation, it offers a unique look at how great wines are made and--perhaps most important--it guides you to the best and most sought-after wines available.
The book looks at the activities of gowing grapes and making wines. Includes a discussion of the most popular twenty white and black grapes responsible for great wines. The grape classification system is explained, optimal soils and climates, and the world's wine production regions are explored. Contains beautiful color photographs and illustrations.