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.
The Concise Guide to Wine & Blind Tasting 3rd Ed.
Non-fiction. Exactly what the title says in that it helps people get started who want to learn how to blind taste wines.
The Cocktail Dictionary
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.
Darjeeling: A History of the World’s Greatest Tea
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.
Essi Avellan’s Champagne
Non-fiction. A very approachable guide to the wines, wineries and region of Champagne.
To Fall in Love, Drink This
Non-fiction/Fiction. Smattering of tales in a memoir fashion with a lose, natural wine core.
Fiction. The ongoing hijinks of Felix Hart, international wine buyer.
43 Wine Regions
Non-fiction. An overview of a select group of wine regions seen to represent wine at large.
The Goode Guide to Wine
Non-fiction. One wine writer´s take on how he approaches wine.
Non-fiction. Exceptional resource on the wines of Bourgogne.
In Vino Duplicitas
Non-fiction. Telling the story of the whole fraudulent story of the Kurniawan Affair.
Le Nez du Vin – Oak
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.
The Oxford Companion to Wine 4th Ed.
Non-Fiction. The latest edition of this heady reference book for the wine world.
Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2020
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.
Sherry: A Modern Guide
Non-fiction. A dressed-up, colorful book that looks at Sherry.
Sherry. Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent!
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.
Supra – A feast of Georgian cooking
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.
The 24-Hour Wine Expert
Non-fiction. A very stripped-down and approachable introduction to the world of wine.
Viking in the Vineyard
Non-fiction. Memoir of winemaker, Peter Vinding-Diers.
The Wild Vine
Non-fiction. An exotic, true tale about one of the United State’s only native wine grapes.
The Wine Bible 3rd Ed.
Non-fiction. A very in depth update of a classic wine reference.
Wine Folly: Magnum edition
Non-fiction. A new version of this visual approach to wine.
Wine for Normal People
Non-fiction. Introductory wine text based upon the well-known podcast of the same name.
The wines of northern Spain
Non-fiction. A guide to the upper half of Spanish wine regions.
Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys
Non-fiction. A reference to the advent and growth of women making wine in the modern era.