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A book review of “Sherry. Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent!”

by  |  07-04-2020

Watching a webinar on Sherry recently, the host made the most salient, yet cutting of opening comments, "Like most people in the wine trade, you probably all love Sherry but despite this, it's a tough... more » Watching a webinar on Sherry recently, the host made the most salient,... more »

A book review of “The Concise Guide to Wine & Blind Tasting 3rd Ed.”

by  |  27-02-2020

Not terribly long ago, I reviewed the second edition of Neel Burton's foundational tome on tasting wines blind. Towards the end of 2018, he brought out a revised third edition which probably makes anyone with... more » Not terribly long ago, I reviewed the second edition of Neel Burton's... more »

A book review of “Corkscrew”

by  |  21-11-2019 ~ 5 Comments

The pursuit of writing fiction set in the world of wine is a noble albeit generally futile one. I've reviewed previous attempts and it's often the case that the author is trying to just slap... more » The pursuit of writing fiction set in the world of wine is... more »

A book review of “The wines of northern Spain”

by  |  05-11-2019

Despite Spain's rubbing shoulders with France and Italy in terms of total wine produced, the number of texts about the country has always paled in comparison to these other two behemoths. It's so dire in... more » Despite Spain's rubbing shoulders with France and Italy in terms of total... more »

A book review of “Darjeeling: A History of the World’s Greatest Tea”

by  |  06-07-2019 ~ 1 Comment

Unlike when you see a retro laundromat façade and then walk inside to discover a hipster coffee shop with $15 avocado toast, Jeff Koehler's "Darjeeling: A History of the World's Greatest Tea" is not an... more » Unlike when you see a retro laundromat façade and then walk inside... more »

A book review of “Root Cause”

by  |  15-04-2019

For anyone involved in wine, it's almost always the case that "pleasure reading" is some kind of dense tome from which a rare beast called, "fact" is derived. Fiction based upon wine is perhaps an... more » For anyone involved in wine, it's almost always the case that "pleasure... more »

A book review of “Wine Folly: Magnum edition”

by  |  21-01-2019

In the later part of 2018, a new printing of the Wine Folly series by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack came to market but instead of being the self-published affair that was the previous book,... more » In the later part of 2018, a new printing of the Wine... more »

A book review of “43 Wine Regions”

by  |  15-08-2018

Author, Michael Biddick sets out with an interesting proposal to analyze the world's wine regions and essentially generate a group of 43 that encapsulate what is wine in the world, thus the title, "43 Wine... more » Author, Michael Biddick sets out with an interesting proposal to analyze the... more »

A book review of “The 24-Hour Wine Expert”

by  |  02-08-2018

"The 24-Hour Wine Expert" by Jancis Robinson MW came out over two years ago so one would ask as to why I'd bother reviewing it now? Quite simply that in a time of fake news,... more » "The 24-Hour Wine Expert" by Jancis Robinson MW came out over two... more »

A book review of “The Concise Guide to Wine & Blind Tasting 2nd Ed.”

by  |  11-07-2018 ~ 1 Comment

There's not much point in beating around the proverbial bush as, if you want to gain a massive leg up on tasting wines blind, run out now and pick up a copy of Dr. Neel... more » There's not much point in beating around the proverbial bush as, if... more »
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