Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

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“What Varietal is That,” A Beginners Guide to the Most Important Grape Varieties

What Varietal is That? A Beginners Guide to the Most Important Grape Varieties, written by Darby Higgs, is a great little reference book… something you take with you on trips into wine land places, to keep check of seeing the grape leaves, clusters, and vines, while reading about them and taking notes right then and […]

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Firing Blancs by Peter Stafford-Bow, You Won’t Believe Were It Goes

Where does one begin, once the story ends? After Corkscrew and Brut Force, I wondered where it would go next. The answer is Firing Blancs. Other wine novels by Peter Stafford-Bow are Corkscrew and Brut Force, which are based in the United Kingdom. Firing Blancs, on the other hand, is based on the other side […]

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Top Wine Books of 2019 ~ Belonging in Any Great Wine (Book) Library

Then there are wine books that are slowly savored, in sound bites. Remember the days of getting ready for a book report? Yeah, that’s what it is. Part of blogging time requires reading and reporting on wine books. Book page is my resource for you. Each holiday season, since I can’t even remember when it […]

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Beaujolais, A Shared Passion, by Georges Duboeuf

WINE BOOKS Some wine books you can’t put down. They’re exciting novels that are edgy, a bit naughty at times, and sucking you in ~ every second ~ for “more.” High voltage… Then there are other wine books that are slowly savored, in sound bites. Remember the days of getting ready for a book report? […]

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Sipping Away, 30 Years of Unique Wine Experiences

This has been a long time coming, as I got Sipping Away, 30 Years of Unique Wine Experiences, by David Klein, just before I traveled to France. I took the book with me and read in flight. I was headed to Beaujolais, and all of a sudden I was reading about it… that the winemakers […]

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The Wines of Long Island, by José Moreno-Lacalle

Wine-blog’s Books page lists (with links) the wine books I’ve reviewed over time, since my first one on September 11, 2006. I was honoring Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course ©1994. Kevin actually lost his staff, during the collapse of the Twin Tower, on September 11, and it just seemed like the […]

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Wine Novels ~ If you haven’t read any, what are you waiting for?

Wine novels have been coming my way. Dick Rosano – one of my wine writing friends – has been my point of reference for wine novels, since 2012. Most books I receive as sample reading are not really found in the fantasy department; they’re purposefully educational. What seems to be happening, from my observations for […]

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Cucina Tipica by Andrew Cotto ~ When you’ve been in Italy, books help the cultural return

BOOK REVIEW: How Andrew Cotto unravels his Cucina Tipica novel is cleverly maneuvered. I just couldn’t put the book down for much else, until I got to “The End.” As I was about to finish his book, my heart was pounding and so wanting an ending I could live with. Cucina Tipica is story about […]

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Antoine Laurain’s Vintage 1954… It Was An Intriguing Year

Antoine Laurain’s Vintage 1954 WINE-BLOG REVIEW: From the moment I touched the book, it was immediate love… The smell and feel of its pages… A tender, Parisienne SciFi, stepping back through a 1950’s portal… all because of a bottle of wine, the right circumstances, and four characters… Every detail of 50’s in this story, and […]

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It All Begins in The Vineyard with “Root Cause”

[PHOTO: Steven Laine with his new novel Root Cause, borrowed from his Facebook page.  ADVANCE COPY] If you love wine, love to read, and love to occasionally embark on a fantasy wine journey based on actual wine facts, Steven Laine is going to deliver an impactful novel, of epic proportions. This story begins in the […]