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A book review of “The Goode Guide to Wine”

by  |  08-07-2020

"The Goode Guide to Wine" is the newest book from long-time wine blogger, prolific and well-regarded British author, Jamie Goode that sees release in September. Having a PhD in plant biology, most of his books... more » "The Goode Guide to Wine" is the newest book from long-time wine... more »

A book review of “Beyond Flavour”

by  |  19-06-2020

It's incredible to think that the act of blind wine tasting has gone from a state of complete oblivion by the public at large to now being one the niftiest, wowiest party tricks one can... more » It's incredible to think that the act of blind wine tasting has... more »

A book review of “Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys”

by  |  14-05-2020

We're at a point in time, where anyone who pulls out the "Some women in wine!" listicle on International Women's Day needs to be shamed. Actually I take that back, they need to be pilloried... more » We're at a point in time, where anyone who pulls out the... more »

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... more » A fine pub quiz fact is that William Shakespeare and Cervantes both... more »

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 »