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Book Review: Tokaji Wine – Fame, Fate, Tradition

>> Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tokaji Wine – Fame, Fate, Tradition
By: Miles Lambert-Gócs
Ambeli Press

Miles Lambert-Gócs book is best classified as a reference book or encyclopaedia on the wines of Tokay (or Tokaji, or Tokaj). L-G is American but of Hungarian descent. The book is the result of many years of research into the wines, the region and its history. The tome is split up into four sections: People (called Populace and Actors), Gazetteer (the geography), Wine-Growing Hills, and Wine Production (called Ways & Means, covering grape varieties, wine types, vinification etc). Each section has a very short introduction followed by by the encyclopaedic alphabetic listing of terms and names with detailed explanations – including some never before recorded facts and information. It is difficult to see who is the intended reader of this book – it must be someone with a limitless interest or curiosity for Tokaj wines, or someone just curious about the area of course. Like all encyclopaedia it is amusing and interesting to dip in here and there and discover new things. We hope that the author’s next work on Tokaj will be one that can entice more people to discover and enjoy the wines of this remote European wine region – wines that can be truly excellent.

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