Friday, December 21, 2007

"Which are your favourite wine books?"

Decanter magazine wants to know. Check out their poll of the "The All-Time 25 Great Wine Books" and vote for your fave wine book. Mine is "Adventures on the Wine Route" (1988) by Kermit Lynch.

Decanter lists the following 25 Top Sellers on in 2007:

The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book by Hugh Johnson
MICHAEL BROADBENT''S POCKET VINTAGE WINE COMPANION: Over Fifty Years of Tasting Over Three Centuries of Wine by Michael Broadbent
Oz Clarke 250 Best Wines: Wine Buying Guide 2008 by Oz Clarke
Wine Report 2008 by Tom Stevenson
The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson
The Best Wines in the Supermarkets: My Top Wines Selected for Character and Style by Ned Halley
Wine For Dummies® (For Dummies) by Ed McCarthy and Mary EwingMulligan
Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Book 2008 by Oz Clarke
The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia: The Classic Reference to the Wines of the World by Tom Stevenson
Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure by Oz Clarke and James May
I Don't Know Much About Wine, But I Know What I Like by Simon Woods
The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal by Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter
Oz Clarke Wine Atlas: Wines and Wine Regions of the World by Oz Clarke
French Wine (Eyewitness Companion) by Robert Joseph
The Juice 2008: 100 Wines You Should Be Drinking by Matt Skinner
Wine and War: The French, the Nazis and France's Greatest Treasure by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup
The Wine Diet by Roger Corder
Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine (Larousse) by Christopher Foulkes and Michael Broadbent
Wine Behind the Label 2008: The Ultimate Guide to the Worlds Leading Wine Providers and Their Wine by David Moore and Philip Williamson
Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide by Robert Parker
Wine Travel Guide to the World (Footprint Travel Guide) by Robert Joseph
Food, Wine and Friends by Fiona Beckett
Bordeaux (Mitchell Beazley Wine Library) by Stephen Brook
The Emperor of Wine: The Story of the Remarkable Rise and Reign of Robert Parker by Elin McCoy


  1. It's really disappointing how few books are written on regions. Alsace by Stevenson is an antique. Burgundy by Hansen was reprinted but really wasn't updated. The Loire book is too old. Coates is coming out with a revised Côte d'Or this year. This is a must buy but we need more really. Remington Norman should update his book. Although light on detail, New France by Jefford is a great overview.
    There is an interested book called Le Terroir et le Vignéron by Jacky Rigaux, a professor at Jules Guyot in Dijon. It is published in English as well, although the title slips me now. It is a collection of essays by some of worlds best winegrowers, de Villaine, Lafon, Joly, etc. Rigaux, being based in Dijon, covers Burgundy extensively. Athenum in Beaune sells it (online as well).

  2. "Adventures" is my favorite as well, though I also enjoyed Gerold Asher's "On Wine." I recently finished "An Accidental Connoisseur" and didn't much care for it.


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