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Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure - Oz Clarke & James May with Julie Arkell

British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC], 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly otherwise a very well presented copy.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “OZ CLARKE is a man who can spend an hour talking lyrically about the character of a French wine without even opening the bottle. JAMES MAY is a committed car enthusiast who likes a drink of an evening but can identify a wine only as being ‘nice’ or ‘nasty’.

It made sense, then, to pair them up for a month-long road trip around the historic wine regions of France. Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure is a unique sociological TV experiment in which Clarke — renowned wine authority, Francophile and a former Wine Tasting Champion of the World — attempts to reveal the wonder of the world’s most arcane and complex viniculture to May — a beer drinker who admires the Renault 4 but regards garlic as the devil’s own ingredient.

The results are often ugly and an embarrassment for Britain. But this is what happens when two grown men spend a month together in a car (and sometimes a tent] arguing about who’s going to drive and whether or not it is acceptable to eat with your fingers in the Chateau of a French aristocrat.

So: what exactly are woody high notes and a fruity finish? Which white wine is the best accompaniment to fried spam? Can you make your own wine in a bucket? Should you spit or swallow? And where does this pole go?

For many people, French wine is a subject shrouded in mystery and confusion. So all the important stuff has been put in this book instead.”


Size: 10" x 7¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages.
£6.50