This guide offers detailed explanations on the first principles of tasting, and the influences of grape, variety, soil and climate. The author summarizes regional characteristics and vintages for each country. There are detailed tips on how to organize a tasting, how to take tasting notes and a full glossary of tasting terms. The text also offers practical advice on storing and serving wine.
Michael Broadbent, one of the world's most experienced winetasters, is a director of Christie's and founder of their internationally renowned wine auction department. He is a former chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and a past president of the International Wine and Food Society. Michael is the recipient of one of France's highest honours, L'Ordre National du Merite and the rarely bestowed gold medal of the City of Paris. His other awards include the Wine Spectator's Distinguished Service Award (1991) and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of Bacchus America (1992), and he was Decanter Man of the Year in 1993. Michael lives in London.