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.
B- / $10 / BUY IT HERE