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Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Guide 2001

Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Guide 2001

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Oz Clarke, it seems, has sobered up. Maybe it was that phantom champagne shortage of New Year's Eve 1999. Maybe it was the realization that the new millennium actually began one year later. Either way, the 2001 edition of the perennially updated purse-sized portable wine reference by the prolific and unpretentious winner of both Julia Child and James Beard awards for wine and spirits writing marks a welcome return to form. Purchasers of his 2000 edition may recall his indulgence in a bit of freeform, faux-fin-de-siècle frivolity: the chapter charting a brief history of himself via bottles consumed; the crystal ball/navel-gazing predictions of both China's emergence as a wine-growing power and the repeal of France's Appellation Controlle system. He's lighthearted and entertaining no doubt, but occasionally sounding of someone dipping into the magnum of Billecart-Salmon 1990 a year early. But with Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Guide 2001, the author has awakened from his lampshade-wearing night before and freshly pressed his comfortably stylish strong suit to again provide readers with one of the best all-purpose alphabetical wine references available. One hesitates to recommend annual purchasing of annual wine guides; frequently, 'totally revised and updated' means some bolder print here, a vintage change from 'Hold' to 'Drink' there. But Clarke's 2001 edition, with it's A-to-Z encompassing of the world of wine, features newly expanded and highlighted entries for, among others, the Barossa and Napa regions, making for an informative wine shop companion. It's an opinionated one, too: he'll crustily denounce 'Millennium obsession' like an enophilic Andy Rooney (although his previous edition was drenched in it) while discussing up-and-coming wineries with some personal faves, though the chapter 'Modern Wine Styles' is a virtual reprint from the 2000 edition. And there are some deletions. Don't bother looking up 'Denominazione di Origine Controllata'; after sleeping off Y2K, even Oz wants no hair of the DOC. --Tony Mason

Book Details

Author Oz Clarke
Publication Year 2000
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780151006342
Number of Pages 320
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