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Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Natural Wine for the People, by Alice Feiring

Review by Michael Woeste Alice Feiring wants to make a natural wine believer out of you. The woman who might

Book Review: But First, Champagne, by David White

Six months ago, if you asked me what book to get if you wanted to learn more about Champagne, I

Book Review: Shadows in the Vineyard by Maximillian Potter

Review By Camille Berry Domaine Romanée-Conti’s wines are perhaps the most famous in the world, and amongst the most expensive.

Wine and Words in Three Volumes

I happened last week to be eating lunch at a small cafe that had a wine store and bar attached.

Book Review: The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Review By Stella Fong The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert will, at first, appeal to

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California’s Current Wine Revolution

What does the world look like to those in the midst of a quiet revolution? As with the frog in

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Book Review: The Latest in Wine and Food Pairing

Review by Tim Patterson. If you find the subject of food and wine pairing confusing, intimidating or irritating, read Francois

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Book Review: Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz

Why would any wine lover want to know something about more than one thousand different grape varieties? For the same

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Book Review: A Toast to Bargain Wines by George Taber

Review by Tim Patterson Books and articles about bargain wines are a dime a dozen–check that, a nickel a dozen.

Book Review: The Chateauneuf-du-Pape Wine Book by Harry Karis

It’s not entirely clear to me which is more remarkable: the fact that before this book was published there was

Book Review: Wine Wars by Mike Veseth

Review by Tim Patterson. A big part of wine’s allure is that it is so many different things: a source

Book Review: The Drops of God: Vol 1, by Tadashi Agi

I’m tickled by the idea of wine featuring prominently in popular entertainment. I think a lot of wine lovers got

Book Review: Two New Takes on Natural Wine

Review by Tim Patterson. Alongside the profusion of wine bars and wine weeks focused on so-called “natural wines”–wines made with

When Wine Tastes Best

Book Review: When Wine Tastes Best

Review by Tim Patterson I am here to tell you about the only wine book you or I will ever

Book Review: Wine by Thomas Pellechia

Review by Tim Patterson Unlike the fads and fancies and 15-minute trends that come with every new vintage, the history

Book Review: Vino Argentino by Laura Catena

Book review by Sarah Trubnick. Argentine wine is an interesting subject for a book at this point in time. The

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The Wine Lover’s Essential Library

I’ve been asked more than once in the past few weeks about which wine books I like that might make

Book Review: Secrets of the Sommeliers by Rajat Parr and Jordan MacKay

Review by Tim Patterson. Secrets of the Sommeliers, a collaboration between Rajat Parr, wine director for the Michael Mina group

Book Review: Matt Kramer on Wine by Matt Kramer

Review by Tim Patterson. In contrast to his string of useful and successful Making Sense volumes — Making Sense of

Book Review: Reading Between The Wines by Terry Theise

I can honestly say that of all the people in the wine world that hadn’t written books, the one I

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Book Review: Wine Cellar Porn for Your Coffee Table

I think the very nature of coffee table books encourage them to be over the top. What else do we

Book Review: Continued Surveillance by Jake Lorenzo

Review by Tim Patterson. Wine writers love Jake Lorenzo’s stuff; many wish they could write like him, or more precisely,

Book Review: A Year of Wine by Tyler Coleman

Review by Brooke Cheshier. When I first slipped into A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to

Book Review: In Search of Bacchus by George M. Taber

Great travel writing should do more than simply paint a picture of distant locations and suggest how they may be

Book Review: Resveratrol by Matilde Parente

Review by Tim Patterson. This is a short booklet, no frills, on a very focused topic, and will tell you

Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent

I’ve recently discovered someone that I think may be perhaps the greatest writer of tasting notes in the history of

The Psychology of Wine

Book Review: The Psychology of Wine by Evan and Brian Mitchell

Review by W. Blake Gray I hate this book. I hate this book primarily because its title is misleading. Though

Book Review: Grape Man of Texas by Sherrie McLeRoy and Roy Renfro

Review by Alfonso Cevola. Twenty-five years ago, I got a call from a client of mine, originally from Bordeaux, who

Book Review: Notes on a Cellar-Book by George Saintsbury

Review by Tim Patterson. If you love to drink wine, and love a good read, you have to get ahold

Wine Politics

Book Review: Wine Politics by Tyler Coleman

Review by Tim Patterson. Here we have that rarity of rarities: a wine blogger who knows how to write a

Book Review: Reflections of a Wine Merchant by Neal Rosenthal

Review by Alfonso Cevola. It’s not unusual to pick up a wine book that reads like a journal. But Neal

Book Review: Heard it Through the Grapevine by Matt Skinner

There are two things I wish were more easily found in the world of wine: great bottles for under $5,

Book Review: Wines & Wineries of California’s Central Coast by William Ausmus

Review by Arthur Przebinda. The Central Coast is a huge appellation. Compiling a comprehensive guide to its wineries is nearly

Book Review: The Widow Cliquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Review by W. Blake Gray Great books are often the result of obsession. They have to be, considering the hours

Book Review: American Vintage by Paul Lukacs

Review by W. Blake Gray. Is wine food or alcohol? Most Americans would immediately choose “alcohol,” perhaps laughing at the

Book Review: The Billionaire’s Vinegar

Review by Tim Patterson. If you’re getting your morning jollies reading about the amazing collapsing Ponzi schemes of investment wizard

Book Review: The Battle For Wine And Love by Alice Feiring

Review by Brooke Cheshier. I was going to read Alice Feiring’s book and write my review and I swore I

Book Review: The Geography of Wine by Brian J. Sommers

Review by Tim Patterson. This is a very useful, though not very exciting book. No rhapsodies about mind-bending encounters with

Book Review: Passion on the Vine by Sergio Esposito

Review by Alfonso Cevola. There are stories that are meant to be true and stories that are intended to stir

Book Review: To Cork or Not To Cork by George Taber

There’s only one thing, you might say, that stands between a thirsty wine lover and her wine. And luckily, that

Book Review: Biodynamic Wine, Demystified by Nicholas Joly

Review by Tim Patterson. Biodynamic grapegrowing and winemaking have gotten a great deal of press in recent years, far out