Reviews of wine books for every occasion
by Miquel Hudin | 23-04-2020
A fine pub quiz fact is that William Shakespeare and Cervantes both died on April 23rd, albeit in different years. But this coincidence, as well as others, eventually set the stage for World Book Day to be created back in 1995 by UNESCO on April 23rd or, in non-US calendars, 23-4.
Catalans were a bit ahead of the curve there and publishers established this date as a day to exchange books and roses between loved ones back in 1926–essentially a better read and less chocolate-y version of Valentine’s Day. If you’re ever in Barcelona, or even Catalunya at large, la Diada de Sant Jordi is a spectacular day to behold–at least when pandemics aren’t running rampant.
But, this makes today the perfect occasion to compile a list of all the wine book reviews on this site which will be added to as new reviews are published.
If you have a work you’ve released whether via a big publisher or self-publishing, in paper or digital, please send it to me and I’ll be happy to read it and review it here. I’ll warn that it does take me a bit of time as, while I review wines on this site blind, all the books I thoroughly read. I mention this as I’ve discovered that many websites well, don’t!
These are all listed alphabetically. Full reviews (including scores!) are but one click away.
Non-Fiction. An intense, high-level approach to how we think about tasting wines blind.
Non-Fiction. How to make “wine” out of essentially anything other than grapes.
Fiction. Second book in the “Felix Hart” series which follows the misadventures of a slightly older and wiser fellow swashbuckling his way through the wine trade.
Non-fiction. Exactly what the title says in that it helps people get started who want to learn how to blind taste wines.
Non-fiction. A lovely to look at and read reference for classic cocktails.
Non-Fiction. A rather dramatized telling of earning the Certified Sommelier.
Fiction. The tale of a young man who works his way up the ranks of the English wine business.
Non-fiction. Not a wine book per se, but definitely in the format of a wine reference and told in such a manner that wine people will most likely enjoy it.
Non-Fiction. Very approachable introduction and reference to the wines being produced in the UK.
Non-fiction. A very approachable guide to the wines, wineries and region of Champagne.
Fiction. The ongoing hijinks of Felix Hart, international wine buyer.
Non-fiction. An overview of a select group of wine regions seen to represent wine at large.
Non-fiction. One wine writer´s take on how he approaches wine.
Non-fiction. Exceptional resource on the wines of Bourgogne.
Non-fiction. Telling the story of the whole fraudulent story of the Kurniawan Affair.
Educational Aid. Delves into the depths of oak and the production of barrels with a 12 vial kit to understand the various aromas.
Non-Fiction. Collection of some of the best writers to be found, on the subject of Bordeaux.
Non-Fiction. Collection of wine writers and winemakers, on the subject of all of California.
Non-Fiction. The latest edition of this heady reference book for the wine world.
Non-Fiction. The 40th edition of the definitive reference to current South African wines.
Fiction. The story of a newer, stronger version of the root louse, phylloxera wreaking havoc across the world.
Non-fiction. A dressed-up, colorful book that looks at Sherry.
Non-fiction. Another reference/historical book that offers more insight to these wonderful wines.
Non-fiction. A look at how the drinking culture of the Southern United States came to be.
Non-fiction. A look at Georgian cuisine, recipes, and how they interlink with the wines.
Fiction. The story of a woman attempting to navigate the corporate world of wine that’s very much tilted against her.
Non-fiction. A very stripped-down and approachable introduction to the world of wine.
Non-fiction. Memoir of winemaker, Peter Vinding-Diers.
Non-fiction. An exotic, true tale about one of the United State’s only native wine grapes.
Non-fiction. A new version of this visual approach to wine.
Non-fiction. Introductory wine text based upon the well-known podcast of the same name.
Non-fiction. A guide to the upper half of Spanish wine regions.
Non-fiction. A reference to the advent and growth of women making wine in the modern era.