· By David Millar

A book that will be just perfect


The Complete Bordeaux Vintage Guide- 1870-2020.

By Neal Martin

In the kaleidoscope of interests that I suspect we all share, within this well-read and well-travelled community, that are the Onvinyl customers. From the intricate notes of wine to the captivating tales of history, cinema, and music, there exists a rare gem that intertwines these passions. Enter "The Complete Bordeaux Vintage Guide - 1870-2020" by the well-respected Wine writer Neal Martin.

Let’s take the celebrated year of 1982 for example, a Bordeaux vintage of unparalleled distinction. Neal not only dissects the nuances of the wines but also paints a vivid picture of the era, touching upon historical events like the Falklands War and cultural phenomena such as Duran Duran's "Rio" and Spielberg's cinematic masterpiece, "E.T."

This isn't your typical wine book; it is a captivating narrative that seamlessly weaves together the threads of wine, history, music, and cinema. Each chapter serves as a snapshot of its respective year, offering a multifaceted exploration that transcends the boundaries of traditional oenology

A fascinating titbit about Neal Martin — beyond his vinous expertise, he's an avid vinyl collector and former music critic. His eclectic taste and vast knowledge of music add an extra layer of richness to the narrative, making this book a must-read for enthusiasts across various domains.

 "The Complete Bordeaux Vintage Guide" is more than a book; it's an immersive experience, a journey through the ages that will leave you enlightened and entertained. It makes for the perfect Christmas gift, encapsulating the essence of Bordeaux's finest and the cultural tapestry of each vintage year. 


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