Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Wines of the New South Africa by Tim James.

If only Tim James had written this book about South African wine two years ago, before we spent many hours researching the producers, appellations, and wine history for our report on The Wines of South Africa.  Having done that research, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla by Peter Liem and Jesús Barquín

There’s renewed interest in Sherry these days, at least among the cognoscenti who know the difference between a dry Fino and a syrupy Pedro Ximenez, but too many consumers think Sherry is just their grandmother’s sweet afternoon Cream and avoid … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New York Times Book of Wine by Howard G. Goldberg

The New York Times and its wine writers have long contributed to the national wine discourse. One of its most prominent writers is Howard Goldberg, who began writing wine articles in the Times in the mid-1980s.  However, there have been … Continue reading

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Book Review: American Wine by Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy

American Wine, just published by the University of California Press, is a very ambitious effort to tell the story of wine in the U.S.—all 50 states, 206 AVA’s, 7 thousand producers, and almost one million acres of vines—in a beautifully … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Finest Wines of Champagne by Michael Edwards

>When preparing for a trip to Champagne last year, Michael Edwards’ book The Finest Wines of Champagne was an invaluable resource.  Although published by the University of California Press in 2009, it’s the kind of solid, scholarly book that ages … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul Lukacs’ Inventing Wine

Is there any value added to yet another book on the history of wine? That’s a reasonable question to ask upon opening Paul Lukacs’ latest tome, Inventing Wine, published by W.W.Norton of New York. After all, this is a book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bill Nanson’s The Finest Wines of Burgundy

Bill Nanson is perhaps the wine industry’s most professional non-professional. He’s not in the trade and in no way obligated to the producers whose wine he tastes and writes about. But his on-line Burgundy Report is one of the most … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Vineyard in Napa — The Story of Shafer Vineyards

In the early 1970s, John Shafer, a Midwest businessman with no experience growing grapes or making wine purchased a 209 acre, steeply terrained farm in a part of the Napa Valley known as Stags Leap.  Fast forward forty years, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Roy Cloud’s To Burgundy and Back Again

  There are many books on wine. Most are low calorie, fluffy tomes. Some are pedantic and boring.   A very few are actually fun to read.  Roy Cloud’s To Burgundy and Back Again [Lyons Press, Guilford, CT] is one of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thomas Pinney’s The Makers of American Wine

The Makers of American Wine is the kind of book that readers of the International Wine Review should love. It’s a beautifully written, thoroughly detailed and documented history of the successes and failures in the development of American wine over … Continue reading

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