The Great Drams of Scotland

Greg Dillon is clearly a whisky fiend. And he is also, clearly, a brand consultant. As he launches into his guide to the tales and stories of Scottish whisky houses, Dillon first shares his thoughts on branding. Why, you might ask? Because as Dillon details, whisky was one of the first branded products in the world. It's the image of a certain whisky which sells it today - far more so than the liq...
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Oz Clarke’s World of Wine: Wines, Grapes, Vineyards

At first, this may seem like an Oz Clarke wine education book - it opens up with the history of wine and the way you make it and then moves through the many wine regions and appellations, introducing the reader to all the main styles and production rules. This tome is, however, a little more personal than that - it is Oz Clarke’s World of Wine. And that apostrophe takes on more importance as the b...
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Cépages suisses: Histoires et origines

José Vouillamoz may be one of the few people in the world to have drunk over 600 different wine grape varieties. His scope as an ampelographer is truly global, however, his native Swiss heart is still in the wine regions where he  grew up. Cépages Suisses is his literary contribution to the viticultural heritage of Switzerland and the great variety of its native varieties. Originally published i...
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The wines and winemakers of Languedoc-Roussillon

Paul Strang has recently launched his new guide to the wines and winemakers of Languedoc-Roussillon. Amanda Barnes reviews it. This is by no means a small book - in size, nor measure, and quite rightly so considering it is on the topic of Languedoc-Roussillon, one of France’s most expansive wine regions. It is also home to the largest vineyard in the world, as Paul Strang details in the introduct...
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Global food and wine book library to open in Angers

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Vasse Felix: The dawning of a new era

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Champagne, Uncorked: Review & Excerpt

Champagne, Uncorked follows the story - and production philosophy - of Krug. Although the premise of the book is following the story of one producer (the subtitle The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink acts as a spoiler), Alan Tardi masterfully weaves a concise history of the region and how Champagne became the famed beverage it is today. Guided through t...
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Raymond Blake delves into the Côte-d’Or

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Peter Forrestal to publish book on the history of the Margaret River

Circle member, Peter Forrestal, is set to publish The Way it Was in November - a book on the history of the early days of the Margaret River wine industry. It is to be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the planting of the first vines in the region. Peter Forrestal and Ray Jordan are two of Western Australia's most high profile wine writers and have been close observers of the...
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Wine Production & Quality wins Gourmand award

Congratulations to Keith Grainger and Hazel Tattersall who won the award for the No 1 Best Wine Book in the World for Professionals at the 22nd International Gourmand Awards for “Wine Production and Quality“. The award was won at Yantai, in China’s Shandong province on 27th and 28th May. Wine, drinks, food and cook books from some 211 countries were entered in the competition. The book is a com...
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