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Wine Book Reviews

A book review of “Viking in the Vineyard”

by  |  09-09-2021

Here we have the memoir of Peter Vinding-Diers, a winemaker whose career has spanned over half a century--to date. Why the title of "Viking in the Vineyard"? That's due to the fact he's originally Danish... more » Here we have the memoir of Peter Vinding-Diers, a winemaker whose career... more »

A book review of “Tasting Notes”

by  |  05-08-2021

As I've pointed out previously, fiction and wine is a tricky mix, akin to getting the balance on a Vieux Carré cocktail just right. Sometimes it works but more often than not, it really doesn't.... more » As I've pointed out previously, fiction and wine is a tricky mix,... more »

A book review of “Beyond Grapes”

by  |  16-07-2021 ~ 2 Comments

A friend of mine likes to keep his winery staff on their toes during harvest and so he plans little oddball side projects in addition to the main winemaking. One year, they made some ancestral... more » A friend of mine likes to keep his winery staff on their... more »

A book review of “Wines of the Rhône”

by  |  22-04-2021

If you've been around the wine blogging scene for any amount of time, you'll know that "success stories" are far and few between which is why Matt Walls's new book from publisher Infinite Ideas, Wines... more » If you've been around the wine blogging scene for any amount of... more »

A review of “Le Nez du Vin – Oak”

by  |  01-03-2021

For those not familiar with Le Nez du Vin, this is a series of aroma and learning tools created by, Jean Lenoir, a Frenchman originally from Burgundy who has been a wine educator most of... more » For those not familiar with Le Nez du Vin, this is a... more »

A book review of “Wine for Normal People”

by  |  18-01-2021 ~ 4 Comments

Writing an introductory text on wine is no small feat. A book that takes someone from, "Sure, I like wine, top me off!" to "Lemme breakdown the Médoc for you." is a journey spanning two... more » Writing an introductory text on wine is no small feat. A book... more »

A book review of “On Bordeaux”

by  |  18-12-2020

If there is one abusive phrase towards literature above all others it's, "Don't judge a book by its cover". Thankfully, when it comes to the new book, On Bordeaux, I would say that you can... more » If there is one abusive phrase towards literature above all others it's,... more »

A book review of “Firing Blancs”

by  |  12-10-2020 ~ 2 Comments

I mention it often as it seems an unchanging fact, but fiction in wine writing is a rare beast. Quality fiction is something even rarer. And being able to write a sequel is but the... more » I mention it often as it seems an unchanging fact, but fiction... more »

A book review of “The Cocktail Dictionary”

by  |  14-09-2020

Lord knows we're not suffering from a short supply of cocktail books these days. While "The Savoy Cocktail Book" from forever and ago was one of the main references in this field, we're now amidst... more » Lord knows we're not suffering from a short supply of cocktail books... more »

A book review of “English Wine”

by  |  01-09-2020

Four years ago, during the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in Brighton, England, I attended an English still wine tasting led by Oz Clarke. It was fascinating to see the state of the increasingly-popular English... more » Four years ago, during the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in Brighton,... more »