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The Best Cellar [Paperback]

Jeff Smith

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April 4 2006
If it happens in a wine cellar, Jeff Smith has done it. As owner-operator of Carte du Vin, the country's leading wine cellar management company, Smith knows his wine. In The Best Cellar, he lays out step-by-step advice on how to buy and sell, how to maintain your collection, and how to prepare a Carte du Vin wine cellar inventory. A must-have book for wine lovers, his adventures in the wine trade make for an insightful and riotously funny read.

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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 cellarI'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
1.0 out of 5 stars little to learn here Dec 14 2010
By Edd H. Hyde - Published on Amazon.com
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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
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated Feb. 5 2011
By KC - Published on Amazon.com
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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
2.0 out of 5 stars Keep searching Jan. 19 2011
By IZbraun - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Wine Tales and Practical Advice June 15 2006
By Neil K. - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read May 17 2006
By A. J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

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