I have been thinking about the great wine books of all time. People always mention Jancis Robinson (The Oxford Companion to Wine) or Karen McNeil (The Wine Bible). For me, those are excellent reference wine books. However, for me, a great wine book is more than a reference wine book. A great wine book tells stories of the people behind the wine. A great wine book also helps you fall in love more with wine. Great wine books would encourage you to experiment more wine and food pairings. Many books are published every year, but not many great wine books. Hence, allow me to recommend the 4 wine books to read in 2022. I bet that if you read them, you will be a different wine lover by the end of 2022.
Press for Champagne: A Guide to Enjoying the World’s Greatest Sparkling Wine.
Author: Chris Ruhland
Champagne is a delicious yet confusing Sparkling Wine. There are those with Orange Wine Labels that are not good and those with confusing terminology. I got connected with Christopher Ruhland right before National Champagne Day. Even though I have done a lot of research (See 5 Champagnes under $50 ), Press for Champagne has helped me keep maximizing the joy Champagne has to offer us. Press for Champagne leads you through a personal discovery of Champagne. It is fun, casual, entertaining, informative, organized, and straightforward. Through examples, Press for Champagne shows you how and why Champagnes differ and helps you understand them, giving you the tools to develop your preferences and explore further. Press for Champagne is a modern drinker’s guide to Champagne.
Gold in the Vineyards: Illustrated stories of the world’s most celebrated vineyards
Author: Laura Catena
This marvelous book is really Gold. Written by a woman wine insider and fourth-generation vintner Dr. Laura Catena, Gold in the Vineyards highlights the true stories of love, family, betrayal, and war at the origin of twelve of the New and Old World’s most famous vineyards. The book pages have detailed maps, infographics, and stylish illustrations that allow you to journey through wine history and the details of vineyard soil and climate. This book won the prestigious 2020 Gourmand Award for Best in the World Wine History Book. Moreover, it will bring you a ton of inspiration and respect for those brave winegrowers with their stories behind them.As I said, many books are published every year, but not many great wine books. The 4 wine books to read in 2022 will not be completed without Gold in the Vineyards.
Malbec Mon Amour
Authors: Laura Catena and Alejandro Vigil
Malbec became Argentina’s iconic grape variety, establishing itself as the quintessential Argentine variety in elite wine circles. But how and when did that happen?
In Malbec Mon Amour, the authors tell us how the wine grape changed with Nicola Catena’s arrival in South America and the diligent work of the first immigrants establishing vines in the country.
While reading Malbec Mon Amour, you will feel like taking a road trip with Laura and Alejandro through the famous Uco Valley, featuring the history of high-altitude Malbec, its geology, and the Catena Institute’s scientific research.
Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food
Author: Evan Goldstein
Perfect Pairings is not a new book. However, it is a must-read, and if you haven’t read it yet, 2022 is the Year. This book has helped me feel more comfortable with my wine and food pairings. It offers practical guidance about foods that enhance each varietal’s wide range of styles. Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein explains how to match it with dishes that will make the wine sing. His straightforward, educational, and entertaining approach towards intimidating gastronomical questions provides information for all readers, professional and amateur chefs alike.
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