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Nuts about wines? Why not spice up your bookshelf by adding these numbers on your favourite beverage? Here goes a recommendation of wine books that is worth giving a try.
The History of Wine in 100 Bottles
When a well-loved British TV presenter and writer launches a new book, everyone sits up and takes note. And when the subject of the book is wine, it becomes all the more appealing. Perhaps these are the two reasons why Oz Clarke’s new book, The History of Wine in 100 Bottles is generating so much hype. The hype, mind you, is not without reason, as the book is quite a fine read and a must have for every true wine lover. Clarke, in his signature friendly and chatty tone, takes the readers t
by Oz Clarke
Secrets of the Sommeliers
As a person with deep knowledge for wines, a strong advocate of blind tasting and wine director for Michael Mina group of restaurants in San Francisco, Rajat Parr and wine writer Jordan MacKay present a fascinating portrait of the world’s top wine professionals and their trade. Their book carrying the sub-title, ‘How to Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals’ offers an amazing exploration of the inside world of sommeliers, sharing their unique perspectives, ext
by Rajat Parr and Jordan MacKay
Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine like The Back of Your Hand
Born in an Italian section of Brooklyn, N.Y. and raised in a middle-class family inNew York City, Len Napolitano has been in touch with wine since the beginning. A one-gallon jug of red wine was a permanent fixture in the refrigerator at home. So the attraction towards wine was dormant since an early age. It wasn't until he became a grown man of 40 that he felt a serious call to learn about wine and began a combination of self-study with class instruction, moved to California, and soon earned ce
by By Len Napolitano
Wine Report 2009
This is an annual wine guide every genuine wine lover will die for. Since its first appearance in 2003, The Wine Report has proved itself indispensable as a reference book. The book is a compilation of over 40 wine writers who are experts in their respective regions. Writers like Clive Coates, Huon Hooke, David Peppercorn and Nicolas Belfrage have contributed in the book which contains detailed, region wise assessments of different wines and their vintages. Lesser known wine producing regions li
The name suggests another travel guide, this time to the capital of the wine world. The book takes the readers on a voyage to the spectacular vineyards in France. It is virtually a treasure house of not only vineyards but all about France starting from its historical and geographical importance to the restaurants, streets, directions and important addresses. If you are planning for a vacation in the wine region of France then this book could be worth a try.
I Don't Know Much about Wine...
The book is all about wine minus the characteristic snobbery that is often associated with it. The author has presented wine truths in a down to earth tone without affecting the seriousness of the subject. The book contains all the regular details of grape growing and wine making along with some top-ten lists and opinion pieces that have been written in a very informal, chatty manner.
by Simon Woods
Adventures of the Wine Route
The book discusses in detail all the wine regions in France. It is the author’s memoir of visiting the wine valleys of France over a period of time. The book opens with this affirmation that “it was a period of discovery—discovering wines, winemakers, discovering France—the adrenalin flow kept my blood as warm as the Loire cellars were cold.” The book is a storehouse of information minus the monotony and it offers a pleasant read to even those readers who are not th
by Kermit Lynch
The World Atlas of Wine Billionaire's Vinegar
"The titular bottle, from a cache of allegedly fine, allegedly French wine, allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson in the 1780s, set a record price when auctioned in 1985," thus said Publishers Weekly in their review of the book. Wine journalist Wallace set off in a mission in the world of rare and vintage wines to explore the authenticity of the cache and on his way rips apart the eccentricity and flavour idioms which accompany wine tasting.
by Benjamin Wallace
The Best Cellar
In this book Jeff Smith has put together everything one needs to know about starting a wine cellar in a lively and vibrant manner. From 100 bottles to 100,000 bottles, Smith has a way with everything. The book is very informative and simply a delight to read. Even if you are not a wine lover, the book will grasp your attention from page one. And for the wine lovers it is a double treat since it will teach them every little detail of starting and maintaining a cellar. Smith has categorized the wi
Wine for Dummies
This is one book that from the very beginning cuts through all the snobbery that is associated with wine and presents a true picture of all the latest trends and hottest happenings around the world of wines. Starting from the detailed discussions on famous wine terroirs across the world, the book informs its readers everything they wish to know about their favourite drink. There are some very interesting chapters on getting familiar with the wines, special techniques to taste a wine, how to navi
by Ed McCarthy, Mary Ewing-Mulligan