Birthday Rhymes, Special Times

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Random House Children's Books, 1995 - American poetry - 48 pages
First published in 1980, the now-classic Great Vintage Wine Book confirmed Michael Broadbent's reputation as the world's premier wine-taster. Incorporating literally thousands of notes made during a lifetime of professional tasting, it offered a supremely evocative guide to a huge range of wines and vintages.
The number of Broadbent's notes has more than doubled in the last decade, taking in new vintages and reassessing older wines in maturity. With these notes the author has created a second edition that is, in effect, an entirely new work. From Bordeaux to Australia, from the 17th century to the 1990 vintage, here is the master's considered - and sometimes reconsidered - opinion, expressed with astonishing precision and eloquence.
Michael Broadbent's authoritative and highly individual style is readable purely for enjoyment, but it also has an intensely practical side. While describing in detail good, bad and indifferent vintages right up to the present, Broadbent furnishes specific quality ratings and advice on the development and current readiness for drinking of many thousands of wines.
Great wines and great disappointments, successes and disasters, wines to be opened now and wines to be laid down - they're all here, incomparably described. A wonderful, eccentric, improbable book that every wine enthusiast (including those who bought the first edition) must have.

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The title sets the tone—32 lighthearted poems celebrate parties, presents, and being the special person of the day; also included are a few non-children who might have birthdays—a mother, a ... Read full review


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Michael Broadbent has been head of Christie's Wine Department since 1966. His Great Vintage Wine Book was the first book in English to win the coveted Grand Prix de l'Academie International du Vin, and his standard guide to Winetasting, continuously in print since 1968, has been translated into six languages. Broadbent's professional duties as a wine auctioneer have taken him all over the world and won him many awards.

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