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Flawless: Understanding Faults in Wine

by Jamie Goode University of California Press
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Hbk 240 pages
AU$44.99 NZ$46.08
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Flawless is the first book of its kind dedicated to exploring the main causes of faults in wine. From cork taint, to volatile acidity, to off-putting aromas and flavors, all wine connoisseurs have encountered unappealing qualities in a disappointing bottle. But are all faults truly bad? Are some even desirable? Jamie Goode brings his authoritative voice to the table once again to demystify the science behind what causes a good bottle to go bad. By exposing the root causes of faults in wine, Flawless challenges us to rethink our assumptions about how wine should taste and how we can understand beauty in a glass.


1. Introduction
2. The Chronology of Wine Faults
3. Brettanomyces
4. Oxidation
5. Volatile Acidity
6. Reduction and Volatile Sulfur Compounds
7. Musty Taints: Cork Taint and Its Relatives
8. Smoke Taint
9. Geosmin
10. Eucalyptus Taint
11. Light Damage
12. Heat Damage
13. Greenness in Wine and Ladybug Taint
14. Mousiness
15. Faults of Malolactic Fermentation
16. Laboratory Testing for Wine Faults
17. Conclusions


“Jamie Goode has expertly peeled the onion of wine biology and chemistry layer by layer in this carefully woven story of wine faults. There is as much to learn from this book about wine quality as wine faults, and the empirical observations and musings about the unknowns by the many winemakers quoted are fascinating. A great contribution to wine knowledge.”—Dr. Brian Croser AO, winemaker and owner of Tapanappa Wines

"When it comes to wine quality, the focus has always been on what makes a wine great. As a result, many wine professionals have little more than a basic understanding of what can make a wine less than great. In Flawless Dr. Jamie Goode flips this paradigm on its head with his trademark rigor, transforming "scary" scientific equations into highly accessible concepts to elucidate one of the most overlooked and misunderstood areas of wine quality. Flawless should be on the bookshelf of all ambitious and passionately curious wine professionals."—Sam Harrop MW, winemaker and coauthor of Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking
Jamie Goode is wine writer for the Sunday Express and a contributor to The World of Fine Wine and Wine & Spirits. He is the author of The Science of Wine, I Taste Red, and coauthor of Authentic Wine.