This blog aside, of course, reading about wine isn’t nearly as much fun as drinking it.
That said, there are some very good books out there about the fermented grape and all manner of experiences that surround it. We shared three with you here last week.
Here are three more that you may want to place on your summer reading stack… or let your friends know that you wouldn’t mind receiving for Christmas…
If Tuesday’s blog got you curious about Port, you should know that there’s a lot more wine being crafted in Portugal beyond the country’s signature sweet elixir. In this book, Richard Mayson shares his lifelong love affair with Portugal and his adult love affair with its wines, detailing their history, the wine regions to know, today’s top producers and so much more.
This is another “book of a place,” this one written by Matt Walls, who helps the reader understand that there’s much more to this French wine region than Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You’ll be able to see the landscape in Walls’ words, and a guide to 40 recent vintages provides expert aging advice. You’ll also learn how climate change is impacting the region.
Sub-titled “Recipes and Wine Pairings for Discerning Palates,” this book by Joanie Metivier provides all the tools you’ll need to make sommelier-informed decisions in creating world-class meals at home. It includes 75 recipes (for appetizers to main courses to desserts), information on more than 50 varieties of wines and blends, and suggested menus for achieving food-and-wine-pairing nirvana.