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"Wine Grapes" by Jancis Robinson et al.

Robert Lauriston | Dec 20, 2012 11:03 AM

pros:

- entries for 1,368 grape varieties (not counting synonyms)

- latest information, not available elsewhere

- some excellent graphics

cons:

- It's expensive: the list price is $175 and the cheapest price I found was $99 including shipping.

- The index doesn't boldface the main entries for "synonyms." It would have taken me five or ten minutes to find the Zinfandel entry if I hadn't read a review of the book that mentioned that it's listed as a synonym for Tribidrag.

- Genetically simliar grapes are listed in the same entry, even when clonal variations make them radically different (e.g. "Pinot" includes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, etc.).

It's a great book, but I'm looking forward to the second edition.

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