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Red and White by Oz Clarke

Red & White

An unquenchable thirst for wine

Oz Clarke

4.60 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Little, Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 4 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781408710173

Red and White is a unique contribution to wine writing - something totally out of the ordinary: by the greatest wine taster of his - or any - generation.

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5 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
6 Jul 2018

"Clarke proves the ideal drinking companion"

"I started drinking at the age of three." Little, Brown is comparing this effervescent memoir-cum-wine guide by the renowned wine expert with How to Eat and Toast, and I can see why. Popping the cork on his lifelong love affair with wine-from swigging his mother's damson wine aged three to quaffing the stuff on BBC's "Food & Drink" every week-Clarke proves the ideal drinking companion, combining entertaining anecdotes with a tour of the world's wine regions, and a guide to the wines he loves best today....

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4 stars out of 5
Henry Jeffreys
6 Oct 2018

"It functions as both a memoir and a guide to Oz’s world of wine and, my God, he really can write"

Running through Red & White is what you might call the Whig theory of wine: once upon a time most wine was backward and unreliable, then thanks to technology etc., mainly from the New World, wine improved and it keeps getting better and better. It’s a broad sweep and inevitably some bits are weaker than others but the best chapters, on Australia, Chile, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, are very good. And there are some wonderfully outlandish descriptions that will surely raise a smile from Jilly: ‘This is the Grand Inquisitor of sherries, this is the great ascetic, the flagellator, the moaning, keening hermit of sherries. It is magnificent, but you may have to drink it by yourself, wearing a hood.’ Blimey!

4 stars out of 5
Jeremy Clarke
1 Oct 2018

"The breadth of Clarke’s knowledge and experience, coupled to a conspicuous absence of pomposity, makes for easy and entertaining reading"

...his prose style is democratic and conversational. Paragraphs might begin with ‘So’ or ‘Anyway’ or even ‘Hmm’. I got used to it. After a while I liked it. The breadth of Clarke’s knowledge and experience, coupled to a conspicuous absence of pomposity, makes for easy and entertaining reading. Moreover, this part-memoir, part-survey of the world’s wines is bang up to date on everything, from the latest viticultural machinery through global trends in taste to the stark and undeniable effects of accelerating global warming on wine production.