by Jon Bonné
Insightful and cleverly written, without pretension and with heaps of anecdotal relevance. Treat yourself to a new style of wine-book that characterizes wine traits and protocols as a rule book of dos and don'ts. Bonné captures the essence of wine culture and bi-passes the cliche pretexts inherent in so many wine books and articles. Instead, focusing on creating a useful overview of the many aspects of wine and wine culture, he has manifested a manual for wine etiquette poised to become a must-read for any wine enthusiast. A great book for a beginner to create an understanding of the complexities of wine, it is also an entertaining read for the more experienced. There are some small variants in explanation from the way that many experts describe certain qualities and processes, but they mainly added spice to the read and were easily exonerated by the largely accurate insights consistent throughout the book.
This is a great addition to my wine-books shelf and I recommend it as both a guidebook on wine and an enjoyable read.
Taste in Wine
wine tasting guide & journal
by Adam Rosewarne
An extremely helpful and useful guidebook and workbook. Taste in Wine is focused on taste-ability; the skills of discerning good from great, identifying particular aromas and flavors and dissecting the components of wine. These are particularly useful tools for anyone who is building wine lists for restaurants or bars, but will also give a giant leap in ability to those who serve the wine in these establishments. The winetasting guide & journal is designed to both enhance these skills and use them to compare wines sampled across time. The journal section can be employed to practice and learn the wine analysis process, then be a tool for tracking wine, rating it, and/or writing wine reviews. The book is condensed, with a lot of information on the aforementioned aspects of wine knowledge and analysis, but touches little on particular regions or varietals. This makes it a perfect tool for wine clubs, wine tours, building wine menus, tracking and comparing wines, or for friends who enjoy discussing wine attributes, but is not the full wine toolbox, although that book would be gigantic.
The Wine Bible
by Karen MacNeil
The quintessential overview of wine and its myriad facets. Eloquently written, mind-blowing in its scope. The Wine Bible covers regions, grapes, producers, laws, and classifications, and still manages to maintain readability. Karen MacNeil is one of the wine-world's most respected experts and authors, and after reading The Wine Bible, you will understand why. It is also a very useful reference guide which I have gone back to for confirmation on many topics, many times. If you are serious about understanding wine and expanding on your knowledge of the wines of the world, this is a must-have book for your collection. The depictions and explanations of the wines, throughout the book, paint vivid pictures and can make your mouth water from the described flavors, even if you are yet to try the varietal or style.
Add this masterwork to your bookshelf, read it twice, and you will still go back to read parts of it again; the knowledge amassed within is so vast and the explanations utterly entertaining.
Something that one notices as they seek knowledge of wine, is that the more you learn, the more you realize there is to know. Demetris Pavlides has written a little gem of a book, which paints a thorough overview of wine, from tasting and judging to production and varieties. All of these topics have been covered by someone in another wine book, but they are often long-winded reads, with too many descriptors and not enough real information. Wine Comprehension cuts a swath through the over-analyzing and relays all the valuable information that a novice or intermediate wine seller or server needs to succeed. Thus, I recommend this book for those new to wine service, or who are seeking to improve on their skills and knowledge. There are some grammatical oddities throughout the book which, despite my tendency to crave linguistic precision, added charm and character, more than taking away from the value of the read. I learned a few new details as well. The story of Commandaria, for example, was unknown to me. The section on wine regions is light, but a good starting point for wine newbies. If you are seeking a book on the general guidelines and must-know points of wine and wine service, this is a great book for you. It is a relatively quick and easy read and covers a lot of topics in a short and