Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Science of Wine

Last night over a glass or two of Rose de Fayel I finished an excellent book by Jamie Goode, one of my favorite wine bloggers. Like his blog and his website the book is highly readable.

As an amateur I read enough about wine and run across terms that I would like to know more about without searching for research papers on the internet. Just about everything is covered in this small book (200+ pages).

Pruning and trellising, irrigation techniques, micro-oxygenation, alcohol reduction, etc. are all covered here in sufficient detail that I now have more of a working knowledge of these terms. The book will remain in an accessible spot as a handy reference the next time an article starts to reference reverse osmosis or wine-flavor chemistry. The photos, graphs and charts included are great and a good source of information in themselves.

My only complaint about this particular edition is that it is difficult to follow the sidebars and subsections. They are a little 'chopped up.' This is a matter of book design and not writing and is the only thing I don't like and appreciate about the book.

The Science of Wine from Vine to Glass. Jamie Goode (2005) University of California Press.

I'm straying from wine for my next book as I just purchased a copy of The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind. His last book, An Introduction to Black Holes and String Theory was fascinating and I'm sure this one will be also. I'll start the book as soon I learn what wine goes with theoretical physics.