SAVEUR, December 2012 Issue
Here’s a copy of my recent and short book review of Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson and her co-authors in SAVEUR’s December 2012 issue.
Roots Matter: Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julie Harding and José Vouillamoz
Can geography, botany and history reveal why you love Chardonnay? What other grapes is Merlot related to based on new DNA research and can its taste be clearly described? Noted British wine critic Jancis Robinson, with Julie Harding and José Vouillamoz, offer lucid answers in Wine Grapes, which details the essentials of 1,368 types from Albarino to Zinfandel. Graced with lavish color plates depicting dozens of important grape varieties, this trusty encyclopedia will inspire novel wine match-ups for favorite recipes and settle wine trivia debates around the dinner table. History buffs, like your reviewer, will absolutely love how the book examines the earliest written references to their favorite grapes; for example we learn that Cabernet grapes trace back to ancient Basque varieties in northeast Spain; who knew!
A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours
Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz
Ecco, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
New York, NY
David Lincoln Ross
Editor’s Note: A version of this review appeared in the December 2012 issue of Saveur. DLR