Wine Tasting by Michael Broadbent


Wine Tasting

by Michael Broadbent

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The first title from the Académie du Vin Library – a new publishing house dedicated to the sheer pleasure of reading about wine.
First published in 1968, Michael Broadbent’s Wine Tasting laid the foundations of the modern wine industry—by providing a structured approach to the business of tasting and a common vocabulary by which different wines could be compared and rated. Fifty years later, Michael’s words still ring true.

Over the years, countless students of wine, enthusiastic amateurs and writers on the subject have come to regard Wine Tasting as their ‘bible’ –as the book by which all others are benchmarked, and the one they turn to again and again for advice. Now the Académie du Vin Library invites you to join them, by purchasing a special Commemorative Edition of the book that started it all.

This Commemorative Edition includes the 1975 edition of the original, along with these new and exciting additions:

  • Updated with the latest vintages of wines from the original book
  • Footnotes on how times have changed since 1975
  • Expanded glossary of tasting terms.
  • Preface by Ian Harris, CEO of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust
  • Personal tributes from Hugh Johnson OBE, Jancis Robinson OBE MW, Steven Spurrier, Gerard Basset OBE MW MS, and international wine auctioneers Paul Bowker and Fritz Hatton.
  • Essay by Hugh Johnson on the history of wine writing though the ages
  • An illustrated review of Michael’s work as a graphic artist by acclaimed museum designer Charles Marsden-Smedley
  • A portrait of Michael as an accomplished musician by Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music.
  • Recollections from Michael’s son Bartholomew and his grand-daughter Leaf on what it has been like to live with the man who helped transform the wine business into the thriving and lucrative global industry it is today.



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