Thanks to everyone who joined us on Twitter #ukwinehour on Thursday 2 February 2017 to discuss and share their favourite #WineBooks. It was a great discussion with lots of interesting books mentioned.
We have summarised the recommendations below for those who are looking for a new read, or for those who may have missed the #ukwinehour live chat. Hopefully we’ve covered them all!
It’s no surprise that Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson, two of the world’s most respected wine writers, featured strongly in the recommended reads for newcomers to wine.
The latest book from Jancis Robinson “The 24-hour Wine Expert” and Hugh Johnson’s “Pocket Wine Books” were recommended as good #winebooks to start with.
Wine Folly “Essential Guide to Wine” received lots of recommendations, with participants agreeing that their use of infographics make it a very approachable read for newcomers to wine.
Other recommendations for beginners included:
Various books by Oz Clarke – “Let Me Tell You About Wine” is a good read for beginners
Kevin Zraly “Windows on the World Complete Wine Course”
Helen McGinn “The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club”
Simon Woods “The World’s Shortest Wine Book”
Simon Woods “I Don’t Know Much About Wine but I know what I Like”
DK “A Little Course in Winetasting”
Ned Halley “The Best Wines in the Supermarket”
* Wine book recommendations for the more serious learner/enthusiast, and those taking exams:
“Oxford Companion to Wine“ by Jancis Robinson et al featured strongly as a *must* for #winestudy reference – not surprising, as it forms a large part of the course material for the WSET Diploma exams.
Another popular choice was “The World Atlas of Wine” by Jancis Robinson & Hugh Johnson – the common consensus was that is a wonderful book to read and learn from and is beautifully written
“The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia” by Tom Stevenson is a very useful book for #winestudies – if you can get hold of it!
“Wine Grapes” by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and Jose Vouillamoz is a valuable study tool for learning details on specific grapes and their origins.
More essential reading for #winestudies included:
David Bird “Understanding Wine Technology”
Stephen Skelton “Viticulture”
James Halliday and Hugh Johnson “The Art & Science of Wine”
James Halliday “Wine Atlas of Australia”
Various books by Jamie Goode, especially for those interested in the science aspect of wine
David Cobbold and Sebastian Durand-Viel “Larousse Wine”
Philip Van Zyl “Platter South African Wine Guide”
For #Bordeaux enthusiasts, the following books were recommended:
Stephen Brook “The Complete Bordeaux” and the various books written by Jane Anson
For #Burgundy enthusiasts, the following books were recommended:
Remington Norman and Charles Taylor “The Great Domaines of Burgundy”
Remington Norman “Grand Cru”
Sylvain Pitiot and Jean-Claude Servant “The Wines of Burgundy”
Recommendations for other tasting and region-specific wine enthusiasts included:
Andrew Jefford “The New France”
Ray Walker “The Road To Burgundy”
Wink Lorch “Jura Wine”
Owen Bird “Rheingold, The German Wine Renaissance”
Berry Bros Rudd “Exploring and Tasting Wine”
The annual publication of Italian wines and winemakers “I vini di Veronelli“
Andrew David Halliwell “Spanish Wine Snapshot” 1st and 2nd editions
Beltran Domecq “Sherry Uncovered”
Peter Liem and Jesus Barquin “Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla”
* Various autobiographical, fictional and humorous books featuring wine were also recommended:
Isabella Dusi “Vanilla Beans & Brodo” and “Bel Vino“
Kristen Harnisch “The Vintner’s Daughter” & “The California Wife“
Winedogs.com series of Wine Dog books
Ian Mount “The Vineyard at the End of the World“
Ernest Hemmingway “The Sun Also Rises”
Catherine Heyrendt Sherman “Winston Churchill”
Hugh Johnson “Wine, A Life Uncorked”
Rex Pickett “Sideways”
Lisa Dickenson “You Had Me At Merlot”
Lily Magnus “Little Miss Wine O’Clock”
Roald Dahl “Taste”
All the posts from the chat can be found on Twitter by following the #ukwinehour thread.
And don’t forget about this week’s competition, simply head over to Twitter and follow @SorchaHolloway and @awaywithwine to be in with a chance to win a free copy of “The 24-hour Wine Expert” by Jancis Robinson. Competition closes Sunday 5 February.
Please join us again for our weekly #ukwinehour chats. Next week Benn Glazier is your Guest Host talking about Portugal!