Book Reviews

Reviews of wine books

History of Virginia Wines - Book Review star
Review of 'A History of Virginia Wines from Grapes to Glass' by Walker Elliott Rowe. Peter F May is enthralled by a detailed look at Virginia wine today and yesterday.

Australian Wine Walkabout - Book Review star
Australian Wine Walkabout is a charming readable account of Australian wine personalities and their wines, says Peter F May. Written by David Copp who has been in the wine business for fifty years, this is no text book but a conversational account based on Copp's visits downunder.

Beyond Jefferson's Vines - Book Review star
Virginia is the happening place in American winemaking, says Peter F May. Whether you're going to visit Virginia or want to get up-to-date with this most exciting of American wine regions, Richard Leahy's 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' is an essential read. .

Book Review: Dial M for Merlot star
‘Dial M for Merlot’ is a Carl Hiaasen type of caper with larger than life characters and a just-about believable plot. Peter F May poured himself a glass of wine and settled down to read

Broke the Grape's Joy - Book Review star
Broke the Grape's Joy is a heartwarming bitter-sweet novel of a middle-aged widow running an about-to-go broke St Emilion winery. Into her life comes an older man and a beautiful young girl. They will change her life but who can she trust?

Buy the Right Wine Every Time - Book Review star
Here's a wine guide for novices that won't go out of date. Peter F May reviews a book that helps novices find wines they'll like in supermarkets and then go on to find better quality wines with similar tastes.

Death at Chateau Bremont - Book Review star
Death at the Chateau Bremont, by M. L. Longworth is a mystery set in the south of France, land of good food and wines. Peter F May investigates.

Finger Lakes Wine and Dr Konstantin Frank star
Dr Frank proved that classic vinifera wine grapes could succeed in the cold of north east America. 'Finger Lakes Wine and the Legacy of Dr Konstantin Frank' by Tom Russ is primarily the biography of Dr Frank, and his family from before his birth to after his death in 1985.

French Wine Odyssey - DVD review star
An unusual gift for the winelover, Peter F May views Mick Rock's DVD of stunning photographs of French winelands and wineries.

I'll Drink to That - Book Review star
When Georges Duboeuf was 18 he made a bicycle ride that would change his life, improve the lives of his neighbours and elevate the wines they made to be world famous. Peter F May reviews a charming book that tells how Beaujolais became the most recognised wine name after Champagne.

In Search of Bacchus -- Book Review star
George Taber's third wine book is a tour through twelve of the worlds most exciting wine regions, but Peter F May thinks he may have lost his way.

Insider’s Guide to Champagne - Book Review star
"The Insider’s Guide to Champagne – Everything you should know about Champagne, but nobody tells you" is an eBook by Jiles Hanning who lives in the region and for ten years worked for Moet et Chandon at their head office. The book is reviewed by Peter F May

Keep Notes to Learn About Wine star
The best way to learn about wine is to experience as much as you can and to keep notes. Peter F May considers the ways and reviews The Wine Journal, a book in which to record your impressions of wines.

Madeira Wines - Book Review star
A beautiful new colour book about Madeira wines confounds expectations by containing detailed information.

Oldman's Brave New World of Wine – Book Review star
Mark Oldman’s exuberant ebullient new book -- Oldman's Brave New World of Wine –- aims to lead wine drinkers from their comfort zone and explore some less familiar wines that offer good value and great tasting experiences.

The Initiates - Book Review star
A comic artist spends a year learning how to grow and make wine with a small artisanal wine farmer whose wines score 90+ Parker points. The result is this charming graphic book of naturalistic drawings, says Peter F May.

The Wild Vine: Book Review star
The Wild Vine – A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine by Todd Kliman tells the story of Norton, America's forgotten grape. Also known as Cynthiana, Norton was once an important variety. Peter F May was enthralled.

Vineyard at End of World - Book Review star
In 'The Vineyard at the End of the World: Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec' Ian Mount recounts 500 years of wine in Argentina, with emphasis on recent times and those responsible for changing a moribund industry and making an unfashionable grape variety a flagship for their country.

Voodoo Vintners - Book Review star
Wines described as Biodynamic are appearing on shelves but what does that really mean? Peter F May has a much better idea after reading Katherine Cole's short informative and enjoyable book Voodoo Vintners - Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers

What Would Jesus Drink? - Book Review star
In 'Would Jesus Drink?' Joel McDurmon takes to task those who interpret the bible as forbidding alcohol. Using bible references he demolishes the arguments of the prohibitionists and shows God wants man to enjoy wine, beer and strong spirits in moderation.

When the Rivers Ran Red - Book Review star
Can you imagine living in a country where you can’t buy a beer or get a glass of wine with your restaurant dinner? Peter F May reads Vivienne Sosnowski's fascinating tales of how California's grape growers and wineries survived during the fourteen terrible years of Prohibition.

Wine Grapes - Book Review star
Jancis Robinson's long waited book on grape vines is out and it is huge covering 1400 grape varieties in 1300 pages. DNA evidence has revolutionised grape identification and this book has original research and the latest information. Peter F May has been enthralled with it.

Wine Slinger Chronicles - Book Review star
Russ Kane travelled throughout Texas visiting wineries and vineyards to write this most readable account. Peter F May found his tales of the people he met and the places he visited unputdownable.

Wineries of the Finger Lakes - Book Review star
Wineries of the Finger Lakes Region: The Heart of New York State by Emerson C. Klees. Esssential guide to this upcoming region or just nice to have, asks Peter F May

Zinfandel A History - Book Review star
This must be the definitive book about a very much appreciated American grape. Sullivan is an enthusiast about the Zinfandel variety says Peter F May

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