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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 »

A book review of “Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2020”

by  |  12-08-2020

South Africa has been having a tough go of it recently in terms of alcohol but especially when it comes to the wine industry. I made a video a few weeks back expecting it to... more » South Africa has been having a tough go of it recently in... more »

A book review of “Brut Force”

by  |  05-08-2020

Last year I reviewed the first book in the Felix Hart series of novels called, "Corkscrew". My review was admittedly not too kind as while the book was a fun, lighthearted take down of the... more » Last year I reviewed the first book in the Felix Hart series... more »

A book review of “The Goode Guide to Wine”

by  |  08-07-2020 ~ 2 Comments

"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 ~ 2 Comments

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 »