Reviews of wine books for every occasion

by  |  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.

Beyond Flavour

Non-Fiction. An intense, high-level approach to how we think about tasting wines blind.

Brut Force

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.

Cork Dork

Non-Fiction. A rather dramatized telling of earning the Certified Sommelier.

Corkscrew

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.

English Wine

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.

Firing Blancs

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.

In Vino Duplicitas

Non-fiction. Telling the story of the whole fraudulent story of the Kurniawan Affair.

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.

Root Cause

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.

Southern Spirits

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.

The 24-Hour Wine Expert

Non-fiction. A very stripped-down and approachable introduction to the world of wine.

The Wild Vine

Non-fiction. An exotic, true tale about one of the United State’s only native wine grapes.

Wine Folly: Magnum edition

Non-fiction. A new version of this visual approach to wine.

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.

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