I am looking for some good literature on South America and came across Descorcahdos. It's seems to be a pretty authoritative book on the area but I am really wondering what the balance between tasting notes and general information is. I am more interested in specific history, geography and producer profiles than any given vintage notes.
Anyone who has read it that can explain a bit more?
I recently took my certified qualification with the CMS to give you and idea of where I am at.
Hi, Cary i used the descorchados guide just to known about tastings notes and scores of argentinian and chilean wines, look for these books that maybe help u
The wines of chile, Richards Peter
Vino Argentino, Laura Catena
also check the website winesofargentina, has a lot of info about regions, producers and has great maps.
I don't have any insight on Descorcahdos, but Evan Goldstein's Wines of South America is pretty great and covers the major wine producing countries, as well as the smaller ones. Combined with guildsomm, jancis and internet searches, i felt that it was adequate for MS prep.
The book is mostly focused on up and coming producers. Great resource to discover new wineries and see who the pioneers are in new regions like Austral. Didn't necessarily agree with the points given to the wines though and you shouldn't expect much in terms of breaking down of appellations and analysis of terroir.
Thanks for your answer and book tips.
Thanks for the book idea
Thanks for your reply. I had the feeling it was like this as the description really highlighted the number of individual tasting notes. Cheers1