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An Interview with Oz Clarke, Wine Writer

Oz Clarke. Source: Gary Moyes/Pavilion Books.

In June, Oz Clarke, the world-renown wine writer, visited the U.S. The indefatigable Clarke has not one, not two, but three new wine books on the shelves this year.

Clarke kindly pinched into his busy schedule.  We met at Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar, which is located just off DuPont Circle in Washington, DC. Clarke was  a bit disappointed that Urbana didn’t feature local wines, but he quickly located a Virginia red and a couple of whites (from Italy and Sicily) for us to try. They were, respectively, good, good, and excellent. That’s Clarke for you.

The ebullient Clarke entertained editor Kevin R. Kosar for over a half an hour. He discussed what drew him into the world of wine (“girls!”), what keeps him so fascinated with wine (in short, its dynamism and Clarke’s restless passion for exploration), and what the three books are about (plenty!).

Please click here to listen to the 30+ minute interview, and below are links to Clarke’s new books.  (Note: The interview is a 30+ megabyte file, so it may be a little slow to load.  Rest assured, your patience will be rewarded.) Those wishing to learn more about Clarke should surf to

New Books by Oz Clarke:

Grapes and Wine: A Comprehensive Guide to Varieties and Flavours

Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Guide 2010

Let Me Tell You About Wine


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