Book Review: Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Guide 2010

Book Review: Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Guide 2010

The venerable Oz Clarke is back again with another pocket-sized guide to the entire world of wine. Naturally it’s impossible to distill everything into 350 minuscule pages, and as always it’s easier to see what Clarke has left out than what he’s decided to include in his annual guide.

Organized like a dictionary, everything’s alphabetical, with entries for Galicia (a region in Spain), Gallo (the winery), and Gamay (the grape) all on the same page. Novices will appreciate this approach but it will likely frustrate those looking for more depth of coverage.

One thing you may appreciate is Clarke’s coverage of Australian and New Zealand wineries — he’s actually British, mind you — which is always deeper than you’ll find in other tomes. Maps are handy and vintage charts are easy to find right in the inside front cover.


Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Guide 2010




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Hampers on December 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing the Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Guide 2010 review. Being a wine lover I think I should buy it. It was nice going through the review.

  2. Hangover Cure Man on December 21, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I like the angle of this book, very classy. I also like the art work. They did an excellent job with the cover art. I could see myself giving this gift to my mom or dad. Very nice!

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