Stepping out of the Laguedoc’s shadow: The Wines of Roussillon

The wines of Roussillon by Rosemary George MW
Rosemary George MW shares why she believes that Roussillon deserves to be recognised as its own distinct wine region, no longer only an appendage to Languedoc, and how she researched her latest book on the region, The Wines of Roussillon. Why write a book on the wines of Roussillon? For the simple reason that Roussillon stands alone, proud and independent. For so long it has suffered a union of...
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The story of English wine moves on…

Sussex by the Glass cover
Not UK wine, not English wine but Sussex wine – that's the uniquely specific subject of the latest book to focus on a fine modern product that now puts Britain firmly among the world's serious wine nations. Sussex by the Glass: Wines, vines and two pioneering families, by Circle member Liz Sagues, will be published on March 8. The choice of International Women's Day for the launch is deliberate...
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Un coup de pied dans la derrière: Steven Spurrier’s famed Judgement of Paris

A life in wine Steven spurrier
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Memoirs of a Freeloader: Stephen Brook’s vinous highlights

Memoirs of a Freeloader
Having written approaching 40 books on wine, Stephen Brook, also a contributing editor at Decanter, now turns his attention to recounting his own vast and varied experiences in relation to the vine in his book titled Memoirs of a Freeloader. This vinous autobiography charts his transition to wine writing from being a commissioning editor, and cleverly captures what really goes on behind the scenes...
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Stephen Brook publishes his memoirs ‘Memoirs of a freeloader’

Stephen Brook has been writing about wine and travel for 35 years, and published numerous books and articles on both subjects. In his latest book, Memoirs of a Freeloader, he reveals the lighter side of his occupation: press trips and festivals, officious PRs, venal bloggers, eccentric colleagues, gluttony, and things going wrong. Intended to amuse, not inform, this is an episodic and anecdotal to...
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Book review: Strong, Sweet & Dry by Becky Sue Epstein

Strong, sweet & dry
Becky Sue Epstein explores the styles and stories of Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira and Marsala in her latest book, Strong, Sweet & Dry, as Amanda Barnes discovers while reading and reviewing her book during lockdown.   Quarantini hour has been the highlight of most of my lockdown days and while I am a big drinker of martini, I have never really given much thought to the Vermouth that ...
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Review: Gerard Basset, Tasting Victory

Unlike many members, I never had the fortune to know Gerard. I did, however, know of Gerard. It seems there are few people in the wine world who have inspired so many others and made them all feel so welcome. Without exception, when his name has come up in conversation – no matter whether that conversation has been in England, France or even Chile – someone has told me about how delightful Gerard ...
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