The New Wine Book Thread

Tom Cannavan

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Could anyone point me to the right books to buy for my father in law for Christmas? He's planning a retirement trip all around Spain and Portugal - has quite a well developed palate that has historically gone to Loire and Rhone for "bigger" reds. Loves a bargain and a big fan of french co-op type setups.

He's completely green to Spain and Portugal, and would like to do some "research" type reading to understand the regions better, give him an idea of what to expect in different places (maybe to help decide where exactly to go), and then maybe some specific recommendations of producers to visit that are in line with his enjoyment of value and bigger reds.

TIA

Julian, it is very far out of date (pub. 2007) but this would have been the *perfect* book for your father in law's Portugues adventures, and at the second hand price I suspect would still give enormous value to a road trip centred around food and wine. The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal : Charles Metcalfe, Kathryn McWhirter, Oz Clark: Amazon.co.uk: Books
 
This is new to me. The only book I know on Sicily is Palmento by American author Robert Camuto. It has its limitations but I enjoyed it enough to read it a second time. I will be 100% interested in whether BNS's book passes muster, guys (Adam, Mark).
There's also "The world of Sicilian Wine", which has been out for some time now, and is more of a conventional wine book than Camuto's. For anyone interested in the wines of Sicily it is very worthwhile - for the words (a vastly under-rated aspect of books IMO), if not the overall design and pictorial content. Reviewed by some random blogger here:
The World of Sicilian Wine – book review
I remember reading an interesting - shortish - book on the wines of Sicily & esp. Etna b4 travelling to Sicily about 5 years ago, I had completely forgotten what it was called, but turns out to be Palmento, noted above. On that trip the (red) wine that I was most taken by was a 10 year old bottle of Vinupetra by I Vigneri, the Etna collective set up by the enologist Salvio Foti. I've followed their wines, bought them when I could, and mostly loved them ever since. So early this year when looking to deepen my understanding of Sicily I was pleased to find 'Etna: The Wines of the Volcano' by Salvio Foti - publication date 2020. I'm afraid I've not got around to reading it yet, but can't think of anyone better positioned to write an insiders guide to the wines of Etna...

(n.b. thanks to links to interesting blogs & reviews posts above)
 
It only seems to exist in its Italian identity:

Etna. I vini del vulcano. Ediz. inglese

Well done!

They might sell more if they used the actual title of the English version in ordinary text so it's searchable.

Also interesting how a 20€ book in Italy (available with 25% off) becomes over £30 at Amazon UK. Just tried to order it from Italy, but fell at a question that was I think about my VAT status
 
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Well done!

They might sell more if they used the actual title of the English version in ordinary text so it's searchable.

Also interesting how a 20€ book in Italy (available with 25% off) becomes over £30 at Amazon UK. Just tried to order it from Italy, but fell at a question that was I think about my VAT status
Sorry for the slow reply Steve, I just saw your post. Colin has done some fine sleuthing in the meantime, I would have never found it on Amazon - & didn't buy it from them... I had to go through my emails as I'd quite forgotten where I bought it from - It was from 'The Book Depository' & was £19.14 including postage. The book has the feel of a small publisher, well bound, on quality paper with quite a few colour photos - I have just had a look at it and read the intro & first few pages - the translation feels a little clunky - but I need to read a bit more before I can say anything about the substance of the book..
 
Sorry for the slow reply Steve, I just saw your post. Colin has done some fine sleuthing in the meantime, I would have never found it on Amazon - & didn't buy it from them... I had to go through my emails as I'd quite forgotten where I bought it from - It was from 'The Book Depository' & was £19.14 including postage. The book has the feel of a small publisher, well bound, on quality paper with quite a few colour photos - I have just had a look at it and read the intro & first few pages - the translation feels a little clunky - but I need to read a bit more before I can say anything about the substance of the book..
Thank you, Adrian. I didn't expect a response, so don't worry about that, but nevertheless it's good to know where it is available in the UK.

I see that The Book Depository also has "The New Wines of Mount Etna" by Benjamin North, published last year, and around the same price - another book I was unaware of. The author is of course not as well known as Foti, but when I visited Etna, Benjamin helped orient me in the region, and organised an excellent tasting for me. He is very well-informed and connected there, and is also an excellent communicator, so I would have high expectations for the book.

Now just to decide how many books on Etna wines I need/want :)
 
Does anyone know of any good basic guides to wine? Happily, my girlfriend who knew little about wine does enjoy it and has a very good palate but she's like to know both how to be more analytical/critical but also some of the useful basics about varieties and how wine is made. Ideally it would be an easy and short read of the real essentials.
 
Does anyone know of any good basic guides to wine? Happily, my girlfriend who knew little about wine does enjoy it and has a very good palate but she's like to know both how to be more analytical/critical but also some of the useful basics about varieties and how wine is made. Ideally it would be an easy and short read of the real essentials.
Michael Schuster's training book is excellent for that sort of thing. I think it's called Essential Winetasting.
 
Michael Schuster's training book is excellent for that sort of thing. I think it's called Essential Winetasting.
It is, and I agree.

It guided me at an early stage on my wine journey, and it remains the introductory wine book that impresses me most. It manages to be concise and correct, which is IMO not easy with wine.

It often seems to be a controversial view, for reasons I've never really understood, but do not even think about getting Wine Folly. For a summary of my views on that book, just negate everything I've written in the paragraph above.
 
Thank you, Adrian. I didn't expect a response, so don't worry about that, but nevertheless it's good to know where it is available in the UK.

I see that The Book Depository also has "The New Wines of Mount Etna" by Benjamin North, published last year, and around the same price - another book I was unaware of. The author is of course not as well known as Foti, but when I visited Etna, Benjamin helped orient me in the region, and organised an excellent tasting for me. He is very well-informed and connected there, and is also an excellent communicator, so I would have high expectations for the book.

Now just to decide how many books on Etna wines I need/want :)
The BNS book is excellent Steve, very readable and informative.
 
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