The South African Wine Dictionary

A dictionary is by definition a book explaining in alphabetical order words and topics of a special subject – in this instance Wine! The breath of coverage is extremely good. It deals with topics that you would like to know a little more about, as well as certain wine jargon. There are clear and simple explanations of such terms as “Oenophile – a wine lover”, also “off–taste”, “rich”, “robust”, “rough” … all words that have different meaning to the usual, when related to wine. The author has also

provided information to help readers understand a little more about wines available in this country, briefly covering the whole wine industry, including the Producing Wholesalers, Private Estates, Co-operatives and their wines without the reader becoming bogged down with detail.?He has also covered the country or region of origin of readily available imported wines which are stocked in liquor outlets in South Africa, giving their background and the grapes in the making of the wines.

All this writing is put over in a way that is very informative ad yet easy to read. Talented and extremely competent, Bolsmanne is fully involved in management training for the hotel industry.

As you will find when you use this dictionary, the author has the gift of being able to give facts clearly and concisely, which is important to the wine lover and wine student alike.

Extracts from the Introduction to the book by Phyllis Hands,

Principle of The Cape Wine Academy

The South African Wine Dictionary was first published by A. A. Balkema in Cape Town in 1977. The new, enlarged and updated edition shown above was published in 1984. The book is now a rare collectors item.

As you will find when you use this dictionary, the author has the gift of being able to give facts clearly and concisely, which is important to the wine lover and wine student alike.