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In my world, the reasons for cellaring wine are so abundant and obvious, that it is simply a given that one would want to have a wine cellar—I've never had to convince a prospective client of the necessity of building one. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
little to learn here Dec 14 2010
By Edd H. Hyde - Published on
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I bought this book based on receomendation in Wine Spectator, hoping to learn more as i may wish to build wine cellar. Well, I learned little if anything from this book, except that the writer has a very high opinion of himself. My advice: look elsewhere.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Overrated Feb. 5 2011
By KC - Published on
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The author assumes we all have the ability to acquire a 4,000 bottle collection of wine, and at times looks down upon those of us who enjoy wine, but don't have the proper credentials to qualify as wine snobs. This book needs more practical support for those people who want to collect a variety of good value wines, and store them over time. This book does not deliver on that point.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Keep searching Jan. 19 2011
By IZbraun - Published on
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In my opinion this book is really more about wine collecting then it is wine cellars. There is some decent info about building and keeping a wine cellar but the most of the pertinent information on that subject in this book could have ended on chapter 3 possibly 4 if you're interested in cataloging your wine. The bulk of this book is made up the author's personal antidotes that might give some insight into wine cellaring but can be difficult to trudge through while he uses terms like "grocery store wine", blasts the wine critic in the Wall Street Journal for recommending cheap wine (gasp!), or tells the story of how his dad first started cellaring wine using the closet in the maids room in the back of his house "leaving just enough space for the poor woman to hang a single with dress uniform on a single wire hanger". If you need a 152 page book that has 70 pages on the core components of building a wine cellar shouted down to you from a very high horse... this is the book for you.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining Wine Tales and Practical Advice June 15 2006
By Neil K. - Published on
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Carte du Vin proprietor Jeff Smith spins highly entertaining tales and offers excellent practical advice largely based on his time in other people's cellars. Depending on your wine budget, Smith's experiences will offer either vicarious thrills or buying suggestions. Those with small cellars will want to organize them using Smith's system. Those with large cellars will want to hire this man.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read May 17 2006
By A. J. Smith - Published on
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Now, I get it. My wines were a mess, but The Best Cellar is a huge help in getting my cellar organized. It is also enjoyable to read.