Essential Winetasting
Michael Schuster

Essential Winetasting

Essential Winetasting won all three major British wine book prizes outright in 2000; The Andre Simon Award; The Glenfiddich Award; and The Prix Du Champagne Lanson.

Book Details:

  • Author: Michael Schuster
  • Published Year: 2000
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Mitchell Beazley
    • China: Guangdong Yuexintu Book Co
Michael Schuster

Michael Schuster

Michael Schuster studied tasting in Bordeaux where he gained the University Tasting Diploma. After working in the early eighties to create an award-winning retail business he now works independently as a writer and lecturer, running his own wine school, Winewise, in north London.He is a member of the regular panel of speakers on the wine courses of Sotheby's and Berry Brothers, & lectures to both professionals and amateurs throughout the UK as well as abroad. He is on the Committee of Management of the Wine Society, and in 2002 he was elected a member of the Academie Internationale du V...
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Book Reviews

  • "A brilliant book by a brilliant teacher."
    Steven Spurrier, Decanter
  • "A great teacher … the perfect wine connoisseur … his wine descriptions are succinct and accurate, and his understanding of the aesthetics of appreciation a model of unfussy sanity."
    Andrew Jefford, London Evening Standard
  • "The most effective winetasting manual ever written."
    Bill Nesto MW, Beverage Business USA
  • "A new wine primer that raises the bar …. A beautifully designed and intelligently organised wine primer by a fellow whose style is neither patronising, nor obscurely cerebral …every design element makes sense …. seldom expressed with such clarity."
    Stephen Meuse, The Boston Globe
  • "Explains the mechanics of taste and tasting better than any book I’ve seen … one of those rare books that serves beginners and experts alike – I can’t think of a better guide."
    Richard Ehrlich, The Independent on Sunday
  • "Aimed as an introductory guide, but even seasoned professionals may find a great deal of stimulating information in it."
    Jasper Morris MW, The Vine
  • "Quite brilliant in the clarity with which it unravels some complex and nuanced aspects of wine through text and illustration."
    Tom Cannavan,