The Goode Guide to Wine: A Manifesto of Sorts

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Univ of California Press, 2020 - Cooking - 180 pages

Who will have the last word on wine, if not Jamie Goode? Over the last decade, Goode has embarked on almost nonstop travel through the world's vineyards in an effort to understand the beautifully diverse and complicated world of wine. His hard-nosed pursuit of the most interesting stories to tell about wine has led us here, to The Goode Guide to Wine. This book--a sort of manifesto--distills many of the observations, lessons, and opinions that have made Jamie Goode a renowned voice within the wine world. In a series of short, pithy, and often rather blunt chapters, he celebrates what is exciting and interesting about wine, asks how we could do things better, and points out some of the absurdities of wine culture. Jamie Goode has a distinct philosophy when it comes to wine, and he knows you may disagree; if you do, that means it's working. The Goode Guide to Wine is a book designed to provoke and inspire in equal measure, encouraging the reader to be critical and to see the world of wine through fresh eyes.

 

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Contents

the heart of authenticity
1
the skill of winegrowing
4
soils matter
7
the art of interpretation
11
some wines are just wine
14
the wine is a whole
17
wine resists the proud
21
the taste is not in the wine
24
true to origins
125
no new clothes
128
bright side story
131
no one drinks wine blind
135
you dont drink the same wine at home
138
beer is better than wine
141
escape the small oak rut
144
segment or be damned
149

buildings people fabrics
29
how words can get in the way
36
mouthfeel matters
41
just because im learning doesnt mean im stupid
44
wine as an aesthetic system
46
beauty is not the absence of flaws
51
flavor is just one of them
57
a virtuous intoxicant
61
there is always another wine
68
tasting transforms us
72
we are not programmed to like certain wines
75
scores can be useful but mostly they are stupid
81
wine be yourself
86
the sadness of spoofulation
91
too many commercial palates
95
monsters arent serious
98
the evil of overripeness
104
express the vintage
108
there is room for everyone
111
a mystical transformation
117
dont expect others to pick up your tab
122
balance is not always in the middle
153
we are on a journey this is mine
156
dont expect the fish to come to you
164
lead with your best
167
beware the wine consumer champions
170
winemaking is not chemistry it is biology
179
be yourself
184
dont be an allrounder be a specialist
187
beware the time lag
194
first impressions matter
196
play the long game
199
for most wines glass bottles make no sense
201
fewer follies
204
celebrity wines no thanks
207
all can play
212
how to succeed at wine writing by writing boring articles
215
the importance of stories
220
why it matters
225
acknowledgments
229
index
231
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About the author (2020)

Jamie Goode is a wine writer and lecturer. He has a national newspaper column, writes for many publications, and authors wineanorak.com, one of the top wine websites. His previous books include The Science of Wine, Flawless, and I Taste Red. He is based in London, UK.

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