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1PennyMck
juny 14, 2009, 10:32pm

Hi,

I've just joined LibraryThing. I would be interested in your recommendations of books to read about wine. Thank you.

2nemoman
juny 16, 2009, 12:07am

Check my tags under wine.

3skoobdo
Editat: juny 16, 2009, 3:49am

PennyMck,

There is a regular magazine, "The Wine Spectator" which contain current reviews of wines around the world. This magazine had reviewed more than 1,000 brands of wines in the past issues. Happy Wine Drinking. :-)

Try also

http://www.winespectator.com

4pechmerle
Editat: juny 18, 2009, 1:26am

Penny, one of the best books is:

Hugh Johnson, Vintage: The Story of Wine

It's a well-written history of wine and wine-making around the world, from ancient Armenia 5,000 years ago down to the 1980's.

(You already have some great ones in your library. Kermit Lynch is excellent.)

5PennyMck
juny 18, 2009, 8:49pm

Thank you all so much for the great suggestions. I'm very impressed by how many books about wine are in Nemoman's library - whoa! It'll take me a while to catch up.

I enjoy drinking wine, but I am also fascinated by the people who grow and harvest the grapes and sell the wine. They are passionate, quirky, full of energy. And the European vineyards have such a long history.

6nemoman
Editat: juny 22, 2009, 1:03pm

My initial post appears rather flip in that I did not give you a recommendation. Based on the books we share I think you would enjoy Angel's Visits: An Inquiry Into the Mystery Of Zinfandel by David Darlington - it may have been retitled Zinfandel. All of Darlington's books are wonderful.

7PennyMck
juny 21, 2009, 5:33pm

Thank you for the specific suggestion. I had already noted a good dozen books on your list that were of interest - including that one. I do, however, rely on the public library for most of my books as I read far too many to buy them all. And, unfortunately, they don't have a copy of (Angel's Visits). I'll have to look for it in second-hand bookstores.

One book that I enjoyed recently was (To Cork or Not to Cork) by ((George Taber)). He presents the historical evolutions of bottle closures but also presents some of the personalities behind each option.

8Bookmarque
Editat: juny 21, 2009, 7:03pm

Another thing, besides reading, that you can do is to visit wineries. It's one of my favorite ways to spend a vacation. If you avoid the biggies and stick to the smaller vintners (you know, the ones who know they're farmers), you'll usually have a great experience. Great folks generally and full of information and anecdotes about making wine.

I recommend Paso Robles California, Salinas/Monterey California and Dundee/Willamette/Chehalem Oregon regions if you're in the US. There are some favorites there. : ) I'm having one from Monterey right now. If anyone wants suggestions, let me know.

Happy drinking.

9margd
feb. 19, 2010, 8:40am

10clamairy
abr. 14, 2011, 2:44pm

#9 - OMG, I just found this, margd.

Too funny...

"If we’re told a bottle of wine has hints of “cat pee” or “hot fig flavors,” then by God we’re going to taste hot figgy cat pee. When we shell out on a bottle of wine, in other words, the bullshit is what we’re buying."

11Bookmarque
abr. 15, 2011, 8:32am

I try not to pay attention to tasting notes for that very reason, clam. When in tasting rooms I come up with some pretty strange elements though and I've been told I'm a 'super taster' which I think is funny since I don't have a cape.

12clamairy
abr. 15, 2011, 8:33am

We'll have to get you one!

13pmwb
juny 5, 2012, 10:24am

Hi Penny

I think you can put wine books into a number of categories:
Reference books,
Text books,
Reminicences
Histories
Novels
Essays
and old out of date books for historical or research use

I have about 90 wine books on LT and you are welcome to browse them.

14varielle
abr. 11, 2016, 3:53pm

Just picked up The Billionaire's Vinegar. Let's hope it's tasty. ;-)

15Carnophile
abr. 14, 2016, 5:08pm

>11 Bookmarque:

They Might Be Giants has a song about supertasters.

♫ ♪ Some flavors are tooooooooooo much! ♪ ♫

16Bookmarque
abr. 14, 2016, 6:23pm

Oh that's hilarious.

We're heading to California next month and there will be a lot of tasting at our pet wineries!