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The Geography of Wine: How Landscapes, Cultures, Terroir, and the Weather Make a Good Drop

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Wine is more than taste, smell, and appearance—it is a reflection of a place and its people. Why is Bordeaux a great place for red wines? Why do some places produce Rieslings and others produce Chardonnay? A fun and fascinating examination ofterroir(the French word for the geography of a vineyard) this book takes connoisseurs—and potential connoisseurs—on a tour of wine re ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Plume (first published December 1st 2007)
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Lindsey Duncan
I really enjoyed this book - an entertaining, sometimes humorous, look at the impact of physical and cultural geography on viticulture and wine. This is not, however, a heavy, academic text that requires slow reading ... instead, Sommers builds his concepts with clear metaphors and down-to-earth language. Each chapter does a great job of looking at the geographic forces that influence wine, and each chapter presents a specific, concrete example in conclusion. It's genuinely a fun read.

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Only fair. Good information on the terroir of wine, but writing style is dry as dust. Not that it's too technical, but there's just too much information unless you're studying enology at UC Davis. For the average wine enthusiast, could have been an interesting long article or monograph. Also, a few fuzzy but irrelevant B&W photos, but not one map - in a geography book!!!
I had a difficult time getting through this book. While the structure of the book is unique--based on geographic themes such as climate, urbanization--it made for a lot of repeated material and a disjointed storyline. Also, the book could have been much shorter, I got the sense it was being stretched out.
Apr 21, 2009 Peter is currently reading it
Breaks understanding Wine Geography into 4 categories:

1)Environmental studies
2) Human Ecology
3)regional study
4) spatial analysis

These 4 categories derived from Journal of Geography article writtne in 1964 by William Pattison.

Good premise, more as I read on...
Kate Mollohan
Eh. Not a fan. I read Red, White and Drunk All Over by Natalie MacLean just before starting this, so it was a huge disappointment. Very dry (not a good dry like wine itself) and lifeless writing.
Apr 19, 2015 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dad
Good information but TERRIBLE writing...recommended to Dad, but with a warning about the writing style
Jul 02, 2010 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I couldn't get past the first couple chapters, it just wasn't interesting to me after all.
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