Another dose of wine-related pastimes… this time in print (or, of course, your Kindle). Because a book is wo/man’s best friend, they say. (Or at least we do.)
The Juice: Vinous Veritas, Jay McInerney
The brilliant author of Bright Lights, Big City or The Good Life is also an incredibly dedicated wine & food aficionado – enjoy his savvy language and palate in this collection of essays on biodynamics, Champagne and many more.
Be it a memoir, a comprehensive guide, a deep dive into the ancient Georgian wine culture or musings on soil’s impact on flavour (co-authored by the Loire trailblazer Pascaline Lepeltier), our dear friend Alice, the doyenne of natural wine writing, simply delivers. If you haven’t got time to get acquainted with her style, now you probably do.
Adventures on the Wine Route, Kermit Lynch
Speaking about OGs, this is one of the most entertaining and knowledge-laden wine books out there. Written in the 1980s based on Mr Lynch’s importing hunts in France, it’s incredible how much of his ideas are still super valid even 30 years later. A must.
Lulu’s Provencal Table, Richard Olney
One of the fondest chapters of Kermit Lynch’s afore-mentioned books is dedicated to Domaine Tempier, it’s wines but also the food and general Joie de vivre served at this Provencal estate. It will probably leave you craving to know more about Lulu’s (the matriarch of the family) famed feasts – and this book, fore-worded by Alice Waters, is where you can get it.
Wine. All the Time., Marissa A. Ross
Hilarious, unpretentious, knowledgeable, visually compelling… Our Cali pal Marissa (Bon Appetit’s wine editor & Natural Disasters podcast co-host) is all these things, so no wonder her book follows suit. Perfect unstuffy introduction into the wonderful world of natural wine.
New Wine Rules, Jon Bonné
Navigating all the rituals, rules and BS around wine can be quite tricky, but (former Punch, now Resy editor) Jon Bonné comes to the rescue with this easy-to-digest and fun guide.
Natural Wine, Isabelle Legeron
The French MW and founder of RAW fairs serves a congenial introduction to the world of natural, biodynamic etc. wine; good gift for the people you’re trying to evangelize.
Wine and War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for French’s Greatest Treasure, Don & Petie Kladstrup
“To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine.” Breath-taking story of French vintners protecting their treasures from German troops during WWII.
Wine Grapes, Jancis Robinson
For all you geeks out there: this award-winning slab of 1280 pages and nearly 1400 grape varieties should keep your mind occupied for a while. If it doesn’t, you can continue with Ms Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine (although that one sports just meagre 912 pages).
Native Grapes of Italy, Ian d’Agata
For you indigenous grape geeks out there, Italy is the land of wonders, as this thoroughly researched book shows with its nearly 2000 (!) native grapes.
Love skin contact wines? So does Simon J Woolf. History, methods, re-rise to fame, producers and food pairings: you’ll even dream of maceration, qvevris and amber color for the rest of your life after reading this one.
The Wine Girl, Victoria James
Michelin-starred restaurants are no stranger to the toxicities of the restaurant world, as Victoria James (now Bev Director & Partner at Cote NYC), who became a sommelier in one at only 21, recalls all too well in her captivating memoir.