Christmas Reads

Special Pricing And Great Reading Across the Ex Vinum Library
Christmas Reads

In the run-up to the gifting season, we’re delighted to offer a 10% discount across International Fine Wine’s entire range of books until the end of December. Over the last 12 months, we’ve expanded our library, which now spans a diverse and fascinating collection of wine literature and includes the twin masterworks Inside Burgundy and Inside Bordeaux, the groundbreaking viticultural guides of Marco Simonit, Andrew Jefford’s absorbing Drinking with the Valkyries and Académie du Vin Library’s excellent “On” anthologies. Whether your interests lie in the great vineyards of the world or just great wine stories told by passionate, witty and articulate writers, there’s something in the IFW catalogue to suit all tastes. With the festive season fast approaching, these also make for great gifting options for the wine-lover in your life. 

• Purchase 10 books to receive a 15% discount. This can be a mix of titles.
• Offer valid until the end of December 2023.
• Our usual delivery terms apply.

The Books

A Life in Wine by Steven Spurrier
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A Life in Wine by Steven Spurrier

Steven Spurrier was one of the wine trade’s most influential figures. Over the years, he took the role of wine merchant, buyer, wine educator and lecturer; he wrote books, wine courses and over 300 columns for Decanter magazine. He also set up the breakthrough ‘Judgement of Paris’ in 1976. This memoir reflects Steven’s life charting the incidents, adventures, ideas and discoveries that formed his wine journey. Along the way, he had the privilege not only to taste the finest wines but to judge them and work with the winemakers who created them. 


Hardback
Pages: 288
Published by Académie du Vin Library 2020


“A fascinating look back over a significant wine career – and the changes across the industry in that time.”
Decanter, Best Wine Books 2020
“Few people have so profoundly informed, guided and inspired generations through their journeys in wine. Steven Spurrier is one of England’s great modern renaissance figures and a colossus in the world of fine wine.”
Andrew Caillard MW
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Drinking with the Valkyries by Andrew Jefford
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Drinking with the Valkyries by Andrew Jefford

In the words of winemaker Randall Grahm, Andrew Jefford is “the most thoughtful person we have writing about wine”, so for many wine lovers, a new Jefford is the equivalent of the release of a new iPhone to Apple fanatics. 

In this beautiful and varied volume of essays, opinions and articles spanning 2007 to 2022, the author shares his fascinating observations gathered over decades of discovery. Jefford listened to and admires wine, wherever it comes from; old-school pretensions are turned on their heads, style points are disdained, stellar prices are dismissed and questions are asked... 

The book includes an edited copy of Andrew’s transcendental lecture to the Wine Communicators of Australia in May 2012: Wine and Astonishment. The aim of this, Jefford writes, “is to make wine strange for us again, and in so doing to freshen or re-make our mental relationship with it”. There is no other book on wine like it, except perhaps, one of the author’s previous works.


Drinking with the Valkyries: Writings On Wine Andrew Jefford Format: Hardback Pages: 272, 225 × 170 mm Published by Académie du Vin, 2022

Best Wine Books 2022 “For years Andrew Jefford has been one of the English language’s most thoughtful writers and stylists on wine… original and provocative, though not at all a provocateur… Mr. Jefford is a poet, and he’s far more interested in the poetry of wine — the transporting thoughts and dreamlike reveries it induces — than in the technical details… A pleasure to read.” Eric Asimov
The New York Times
Best Wine Books 2022 "Jefford’s essays are like that glass of wine at day’s end – restorative, uplifting and enlightening." Dave McIntyre
Washington Post
Best Wine Books 2022
Decanter
“A tumble of short stories, it reveals the kaleidoscope landscape of a staggeringly beautiful, complex mind, reflecting a staggeringly beautiful, complex world.”
Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com
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How to Drink Australian
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How to Drink Australian

How to Drink Australian is the modern wine book that Australia (and a world of wine drinkers) has been waiting for. Authors Jane Lopes and Jonathan Ross will be well known to our audience, not least through their days at Attica and The Rockpool Group, respectively. Since relocating to Nashville, they have established a successful import and education business—Legend—focused on changing the prevailing attitudes towards Australian wines in the States (where the big players control an overwhelming piece of the pie). Years in the making—and you’ll quickly find out why when you have a copy in your hands—How to Drink Australian is the most important book written on our country’s wines and wine culture in a long time. Set across 500 pages, and with telling collaborations from Kavita Faiella, Mike Bennie and Hannah Day, Jane and Jon have woven together a perceptive analysis of every significant wine region, bespoke illustrations and artwork, and hundreds of producer profiles. At the same time, Martin von Wyss’s gorgeously meticulous maps are second to none, and the photography is superb. Put simply, Lopes and Ross have knocked it out of the park.

This is a remarkably detailed and comprehensive survey of Australia’s contemporary wine scene—everyone and anyone in the wine trade owes it to themselves to own a copy.

“Capturing all the complexities of wine in contemporary Australia is a massive job, but Jane and Jon and their team of collaborators have absolutely nailed it: How to Drink Australian is an exhaustive, insightful, invaluable new guide to what’s going on right now in the vineyards and cellars – and, crucially, the hearts and minds – of winegrowers right across this dynamic country.”
Max Allen
“How to Drink Australian is INCREDIBLE. The most comprehensive book on the best Australian wines. It’s not an easy feat to bring together so much information, diving deep into the intricacies of the great regions, producers and terroirs of Australia. A must have on every wine lover’s book shelf.”
Rajat Parr
“The wine book that the Australian wine industry deserves. Insightful, intelligent and in depth… An instant classic.”
Neil Perry
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Inside Bordeaux First Edition by Jane Anson
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Inside Bordeaux First Edition by Jane Anson

Written by the author described by Decanter as “the world’s most informed and accomplished expert on the wines of Bordeaux—bar none”, Inside Bordeaux is a masterwork in scholarship. Containing over 700 pages of in-depth writing, maps that are almost alarming in their detail, and incorporating newly commissioned and (literally) ground-breaking research into Bordeaux’s terroir, Janes Anson’s work is, by a margin, the most up-to-date and scientifically informed book in the Bordeaux canon. Indeed, with the bar set so high, this is a book unlikely to be surpassed in our lifetime (unless there is a second edition)!

Anson has lived and worked in Bordeaux for almost 20 years, and Inside Bordeaux draws on her extensive knowledge of the region and its people, leaving no stone unturned. The book includes 20 appellation overviews, each providing a summary of the area’s history and wine styles, and detailed facts and figures. The author’s coverage of the Châteaux themselves is unusually wide-ranging (covering 800 properties), while also shining a light on the region’s oft-neglected corners of Fronsac, Lalande-de-Pomerol, Castillon and Francs, Bourg and Blaye, et al.

Even with all the producer coverage, the book’s core focus is on terroir and the role of climate and soil in the shaping of Bordeaux’s wines. Anson writes that the intention was to “start assessing Bordeaux in the way that we more typically do for other fine wine regions, such as Burgundy, Barolo, the northern Rhône—by its soils, and by how these individual soils react to different growing conditions year on year.” Such an important theme has never been subject to such detailed and accessible analysis.

To peel back these layers, the author enlisted the expertise of a team of renowned scientists at the very forefront of the research into this region, including internationally acclaimed scientist and professor at Bordeaux University, Kees van Leeuwen, viticulturist David Pernet, climatologist and winemaker Benjamin Bois, and geologist and terroir consultant Pierre Becheler. Their cumulative research was so far-reaching that the book’s scope almost doubled in size during its development. 

Aside from its scholarly depths, the publishers have equally created a highly functional work, where you can quickly get to whatever information you are looking for. The maps (a number of which are fold-out) are impressive in their detail and ambition, giving us a chance to see the topography, soils and climate of Bordeaux in both a new light and a new level of detail.

To say this is a book no Bordeaux lover or student of wine should be without is of course an understatement. But the book also acts as a siren call to those of us who have strayed from the region, perhaps frustrated by Bordeaux’s static system of classification, arcane distribution structure, and the crazy prices of the most famous wines (of course many less-famous producers are now looking like great value!) Anson writes that Bordeaux winegrowers “no longer want to concede to Burgundy the moral high ground on terroir and are determined to prove that the concept in Bordeaux is not something frozen in 1855, and that instead the interplay between grape, soil, climate and man is becoming ever more refined.” 

Bringing a new perspective to what is still the world’s most famous wine region, this just might be the book to help give Bordeaux back to the people. This in itself is a feat, but writing such a comprehensive book that also reveals the terroir of the region like never before is next-level. Inside Bordeaux is a remarkable achievement and we recommend it highly.

Hardcover Technical Guide, Wine (Bordeaux) 200mm x 260mm, 670 pages Published by Berry Bros. and Rudd, 2022

“Inside Bordeaux stands out not because it is well written and meticulously researched and presented, which it most certainly is... It stands out because it’s not a display of deep, specialist knowledge published to showcase the region and the author. It’s also not a passionate paean to the glory of the region or the romance of the terroir. It is about terroir and it does tell us that Bordeaux is even more wonderful and exciting than we thought it was.”
Tamlyn Currin, Jancisrobinson.com
“Eschewing the weighty academic style in favour of accessibility, it sets out to bring a new perspective to the world’s most famous wine region and it succeeds. This is a book no Bordeaux lover – or wine lover of any stamp – should be without.”
Adam Lechmere, Club Oenologique
“The best book yet on Bordeaux has just been published: Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson.”
Elin McCoy, Bloomberg News
“The in-depth – and unusually scientifically accurate – analysis of Bordeaux’s subregions that really sets this book apart from any previous publication on the region, and makes it a remarkable study tool.”
Jacopo Mazzeo, Imbibe
Inside Bordeaux First Edition by Jane Anson
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Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
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Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR

Written by the author described by Decanter as “the world’s most informed and accomplished expert on the wines of Bordeaux—bar none”, Inside Bordeaux is a masterwork in scholarship. 

Containing over 700 pages of in-depth writing, maps that are almost alarming in their detail, and incorporating newly commissioned and (literally) ground-breaking research into Bordeaux’s terroir, Janes Anson’s work is, by a margin, the most up-to-date and scientifically informed book in the Bordeaux canon. Indeed, with the bar set so high, this is a book unlikely to be surpassed in our lifetime (unless there is a second edition)!

Anson has lived and worked in Bordeaux for almost 20 years, and Inside Bordeaux draws on her extensive knowledge of the region and its people, leaving no stone unturned. The book includes 20 appellation overviews, each providing a summary of the area’s history and wine styles, and detailed facts and figures. The author’s coverage of the Châteaux themselves is unusually wide-ranging (covering 800 properties), while also shining a light on the region’s oft-neglected corners of Fronsac, Lalande-de-Pomerol, Castillon and Francs, Bourg and Blaye, et al.

Even with all the producer coverage, the book’s core focus is on terroir and the role of climate and soil in the shaping of Bordeaux’s wines. Anson writes that the intention was to “start assessing Bordeaux in the way that we more typically do for other fine wine regions, such as Burgundy, Barolo, the northern Rhône—by its soils, and by how these individual soils react to different growing conditions year on year.” Such an important theme has never been subject to such detailed and accessible analysis.  

To peel back these layers, the author enlisted the expertise of a team of renowned scientists at the very forefront of the research into this region, including internationally acclaimed scientist and professor at Bordeaux University, Kees van Leeuwen, viticulturist David Pernet, climatologist and winemaker Benjamin Bois, and geologist and terroir consultant Pierre Becheler. Their cumulative research was so far-reaching that the book’s scope almost doubled in size during its development. 

Aside from its scholarly depths, the publishers have equally created a highly functional work, where you can quickly get to whatever information you are looking for. The maps (a number of which are fold-out) are impressive in their detail and ambition, giving us a chance to see the topography, soils and climate of Bordeaux in both a new light and a new level of detail.

To say this is a book no Bordeaux lover or student of wine should be without is of course an understatement. But the book also acts as a siren call to those of us who have strayed from the region, perhaps frustrated by Bordeaux’s static system of classification, arcane distribution structure, and the crazy prices of the most famous wines (of course many less-famous producers are now looking like great value!) Anson writes that Bordeaux winegrowers “no longer want to concede to Burgundy the moral high ground on terroir and are determined to prove that the concept in Bordeaux is not something frozen in 1855, and that instead the interplay between grape, soil, climate and man is becoming ever more refined.” 

Bringing a new perspective to what is still the world’s most famous wine region, this just might be the book to help give Bordeaux back to the people. This in itself is a feat, but writing such a comprehensive book that also reveals the terroir of the region like never before is next-level. Inside Bordeaux is a remarkable achievement and we recommend it highly.  

“Inside Bordeaux stands out not because it is well written and meticulously researched and presented, which it most certainly is... It stands out because it’s not a display of deep, specialist knowledge published to showcase the region and the author. It’s also not a passionate paean to the glory of the region or the romance of the terroir. It is about terroir and it does tell us that Bordeaux is even more wonderful and exciting than we thought it was.”
Tamlyn Currin, Jancisrobinson.com
“Eschewing the weighty academic style in favour of accessibility, it sets out to bring a new perspective to the world’s most famous wine region and it succeeds. This is a book no Bordeaux lover – or wine lover of any stamp – should be without.”
Adam Lechmere, Club Oenologique
“The best book yet on Bordeaux has just been published: Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson.”
Elin McCoy, Bloomberg News
“The in-depth – and unusually scientifically accurate – analysis of Bordeaux’s subregions that really sets this book apart from any previous publication on the region, and makes it a remarkable study tool.”
Jacopo Mazzeo, Imbibe
Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
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Inside Burgundy Second Edition by Jasper Morris
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Inside Burgundy Second Edition by Jasper Morris

There are many books about this most captivating of wine regions—but nothing comes close to Inside Burgundy for its comprehensive depth and detailed information on the vineyards, the wine, the vintages and the growers of this storied region. Since its first publication in 2010, this work has become indispensable for Burgundy lovers and the undisputed benchmark reference on the region.

 The exciting thing we can report here is that the fully updated, second edition takes things to another level! This edition spans a staggering 800 pages, with expanded coverage of 1,200 vineyards, 300 wine villages and 700 domaines. It offers detailed insider knowledge on the places and people that make Burgundy such a special destination for wine lovers. Jasper doesn’t only cover the Côte d’Or, but also Chablis, the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune and Nuits, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais.

 The book includes 45 full-colour maps shining a powerful light on Burgundy’s complex network of vineyards and villages. In addition to the revised and updated maps since the first edition, it also includes six completely new ones, which illustrate the plot-by-plot holdings in individual Grand and Premier Cru vineyards.

 It’s also worth pointing out that Jasper Morris wrote and released the first edition when he was for heading up the Burgundy purchasing of Berry Bros. He now works exclusively as a critic and lives full-time in Burgundy, so you can also expect and extra level of critique in the second edition of Inside Burgundy.

Hardcover Technical Guide, Wine (Burgundy) 200mm x 260mm, 800 pages Published by Berry Bros. and Rudd, 2021

"Many books have been written about Burgundy over the years, but none currently is as useful and comprehensive a reference as the new second edition of Inside Burgundy"
Eric Asimov, The Best Wine Books of 2021, The New York Times
"Anyone remotely interested in Burgundy and its wines absolutely should have this book on a shelf close to hand. It is worth every penny..."
Tamlyn Currin, Jancisrobinson.com
Inside Burgundy Second Edition by Jasper Morris
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On Bordeaux
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On Bordeaux

When things turn out right for Bordeaux, as they frequently do, its wines can be sublime. They inspire thousands of tributes, from Samuel Pepys’ succinct reviews to the most rhapsody of Michael Broadbent’s tasting notes—in short, over 300 years of wine writing. On Bordeaux is a collection of the best bits from our best-loved wine writers, critics and commentators, set around ten themes that make Bordeaux tick. And who better to introduce the collection than Jane Anson, who writes in her introduction: “multi-layered, clear-eyed, moving and often extremely funny [this] collection of stories… celebrates, illuminates and renews our understanding of Bordeaux.”

• Hugh Johnson, Fiona Beckett and Baron Élie de Rothschild discuss dining out on Bordeaux: how best to serve it, with what and who with. • Mathieu Chadronnier, Christian Seely and Joe Fattorini shed light on the way we see claret today. • Ian Maxwell Campbell extols the virtues of 1871 and 1875, the last great vintages before the phylloxera plague. • Fiona Morrison MW explores Bordeaux’s great bounce-back and how the vintage of 1982 changed everything. • John Salvi, Bill Blatch and Peter Vinding-Diers reveal the wines that will lead the way to Bordeaux’s future. • Joe Fattorini serves up everything you need to know on running the iconic Médoc Marathon. • Hugh Johnson pays tribute to Bordeaux master Michael Broadbent. • Contributions from Stephen Browett, Margaret Rand, James Lawther MW, Cyril Ray, Nicholas Faith, Cyril Ray, Gerald Asher, Neal Martin, David Peppercorn MW, Edmund Penning-Rowsell, James Seely, Steven Spurrier, Edith Somerville, Martin Ross, Elin McCoy, Simon Gotelee, Jan

“If you want to know why Bordeaux is so much talked about, read this book from the most knowledgeable insiders and most entertaining outsiders.” Steven Spurrier
Steven Spurrier
“It’s a brilliant book, perfect to dip in and out of, or curl up with for hours in an armchair.”
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph
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On California
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On California

An expertly curated collection of essays written over 50 years between 1971 and 2021, On California captures the essence of the state’s spectacular wine country. Across 39 articles by 35 authors, it delves into the hopes, fears and dreams of the 18th-century pioneers who first shaped it, and what motivates 21st-century visionaries who currently pave the way. It charts the triumph over phylloxera and Prohibition, the mighty influence of the Pacific, and the plus points of a seismic hot zone. Then how, at the whim of one modest English wine merchant, a simple blind tasting in 1976 made the world sit up and notice the wines this extraordinary region was creating. 

California wine boffins, whizz-kids and scientists tell their stories on its pages—some via precious archive material, others through their thoughts mid-pandemic. We particularly enjoyed the articles from William Kelley (“Nowhere has the definition of ripeness been explored more thoroughly, or pushed to greater extremes, than in California’s Napa Valley”) and Randall Grahm’s penetrating essay on sustainability and a future made uncertain by climate change. But between the covers there is no dead weight.

The book includes contributions from Randall Grahm, Gerald Asher, Steven Spurrier, Paul Draper, Warren Winiarski, Dr William Kelley, Jane Anson, Elaine Chukan Brown, Karen MacNeil, Esther Mobley, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Liz Thach MW and Kelli White, Hugh Johnson and Fiona Morrison MW, Harry Waugh, Harry Eyres, Adam Lechmere, Brian St Pierre and Natasha Hughes MW.


On California: Wine Tales from the Golden State Edited by Susan Keevil Hardback Pages: 272, 246 × 189 mm Published by Académie du Vin Library 2021

The Best Wine Books of 2021 “Its short selections from nearly three dozen writers offer impressionistic, thought-provoking views of the state and its winemaking history. Most were written within the last decade but a few stretch back to the 1980s and ’70s, offering a wealth of perspectives on how California wine culture arrived at its current state… Illuminating.” Eric Asimov
The New York Times
The Best Wine Books of 2021
Washington Post
The Best Wine Books of 2021
Decanter
“… a standout among the drinks books published this year, which ought to be on the Christmas list of every wine lover…”
Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph
On California
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The Bordeaux Club
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The Bordeaux Club

This is the story of twelve friends who gathered to share and celebrate the most extraordinary wines of Bordeaux. Neil McKendrick, member and minute-taker for fifty-seven of the Club’s seventy memorable years, weaves the tale of this convivial group with the rigour of a Cambridge academic and the humour of a born raconteur. He celebrates the beauty of top-class Bordeaux and the splendour of each setting—from glorious country houses to rickety Dickensian boardrooms—in which these men were lucky enough to dine, serving up memories of vintages the likes of which we will never see again.

In The Bordeaux Club:


‘Well over 1,000 bottles consumed…’: Bordeaux’ top wines described by the brilliant Hugh Johnson, Michael Broadbent and Steven Spurrier

Verdicts and opinions from the historian Sir John Plumb, ‘the rudest man in Cambridge’

1865, 1929, 1945, 1961, 1985, 1990… the highlights of these six famous Bordeaux vintages are revealed

Haut-Brion, Lafite, Mouton-Rothschild, Margaux and Latour – the Médoc’s first growths appraised by the finest palates

From the grandeur of Saling Hall (Essex) to the extensively portraited Master’s Lodge at Caius College, Cambridge: 16 perfect settings for wine enjoyment

Keeper of the deepest cellar (and partner to most notorious wife), Lord Harry Walston’s irresistibly scandalous lifestyle explored

Notes of the author’s extraordinary £1 purchases from the Caius College Cellar (Latour 1928, Lafite 1945) – for sale at this low price because the dons couldn’t drink them with pineapple…

Abominations and anomalies, the wines that courted controversy: white burgundy, Moscato d’Asti and the contentious clarets of 1927

Hardback Pages: 348 Published by Académie du Vin Library 2022

“From a historical point of view, the book is fascinating… From a literary point of view, it’s eloquent … If you’re a bordeaux wine collector with deep pockets and a large cellar, it’s invaluable.”
Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com
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Bursting Bubbles: A Secret History of Champagne & The Rise of The Great Growers
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Bursting Bubbles: A Secret History of Champagne & The Rise of The Great Growers

"... the most refreshing, pretension-pricking, myth-busting and amusingly unfrothy book on the subject I've read." Andrew Jefford

"In the tradition of Kermit Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route, Bursting Bubbles is a wonderful and informed exploration of the best grower Champagnes and the characters who make them. It shatters old myths and reveals new truths, making Champagne - the place and the wine - as intriguing, beautiful and magical as ever." Andrea Frost

" Can't recommend Bursting Bubbles on the rise of grower Champagne enough" Dan Keeling

Author: Robert Walters. The rise and rise of a group of artisanal producers in Champagne over the last twenty years has challenged everything we thought we knew about this famous region. In Bursting Bubbles, Robert Walters takes us on a journey to visit these great growers. Along the way, he reveals a secret history of Champagne and dispels many of the myths that still persist about this celebrated wine style. Controversial and ground breaking, Bursting Bubbles will change the way you think about Champagne.

Shortlisted - André Simon Food & Drink Awards 2017

Winner 2018 - Fortnum & Mason Debut Drink Book Award

Hardcover

162mm x 243mm, 240 pages 

Quiller Publishing Ltd

IBSN 1846892546

Hardcover Technical Guide, Wine (Champagne) 162mm x 243mm, 240 pages Quiller Publishing Ltd IBSN 1846892546

"... the most refreshing, pretension-pricking, myth-busting and amusingly unfrothy book on the subject I've read."
Andrew Jefford
"In the tradition of Kermit Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route, Bursting Bubbles is a wonderful and informed exploration of the best grower Champagnes and the characters who make them. It shatters old myths and reveals new truths, making Champagne - the place and the wine - as intriguing, beautiful and magical as ever."
Andrea Frost
" Can't recommend Bursting Bubbles on the rise of grower Champagne enough"
Dan Keeling
Winner 2018
Fortnum & Mason Debut Drink Book Award
Bursting Bubbles: A Secret History of Champagne & The Rise of The Great Growers
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Changes to be Made to Vine Pruning by René Lafon
Changes to be Made to Vine Pruning by René Lafon
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Changes to be Made to Vine Pruning by René Lafon

The pruning book that time forgot... René Lafon’s classic, provocative work on the Poussard pruning methodology, Changes to be made to Vine Pruning - is now available for the first time in English (with the original French text included as well). It’s arguably the most important, historical work on vine pruning and this beautiful, hardcover edition is now available through Ex Vinum publishing. The translation is fully annotated, with 120 footnotes and over 60 retouched photographs and illustrations. There’s also a foreword by François Dal, and an extensive introduction by Robert Walters that seeks to put the work into both historical and modern context.

To quote François Dal, France’s most respected vine pruning consultant, “This English translation by Robert Walters is a real gift, offered to all English speakers passionate about viticulture. By reading this book you will not only benefit from the beautiful and important knowledge that it has to offer, but you will also live through a moment in history and admire how, with the limited means of the time, brilliant growers and scientists used their instinct and insight to understand the functioning of our world.”

Lafon’s work was lost for the best part of 100 years until it was rediscovered in recent decades, subsequently playing a key role in the pruning revolution we are witnessing today. Remarkably, Lafon’s thought-provoking text remains as fresh and valid as it was when it was first written. It also remains controversial, completely undermining much modern thinking on wood disease. It’s a work that points to a new way of thinking about our interactions with the vine, and with nature in general.

Anyone with a genuine interest in vine pruning, viticulture, the challenges of wood disease in modern vineyards, or simply the history of viticulture, will want to read this enlightening, revolutionary, and thoroughly detailed text.

Hardcover, 268 pages. 152mm x 242mm Technical Guide: Winemaking and Viticulture. French Text, English Translation. Published in Australia by Ex Vinum, 2022. ISBN 9780646858302

“What’s more, the book shows a clear way forward: long-term, sustainable solutions. Every one of us could learn something from it. It’s a book for viticulturists and WSET, MW, MS and oenology students, but also for wine lovers excited by the possibility of agro-eco-viticulture.”
Tamlyn Currin, jancisrobinson.com
Changes to be Made to Vine Pruning by René Lafon
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Simonit & Sirch's Cordon Methodology by Marco Simonit
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Simonit & Sirch's Cordon Methodology by Marco Simonit

Simonit&Sirch’s Spurred Cordon Methodology for spur-pruned vines is the companion manual to Marco Simonit and Pierpaolo Sirch’s indispensable seminal guide to Guyot pruning.
First published in Italian in 2016, the English translation boasts more than 400 images and covers every step for professional or amateur pruners to follow to achieve optimum balance and longevity in their vines.
The efficacy of Simonit&Sirch's pruning methodology is backed by robust scientific theory and extensive testing in vineyards across the globe. These guides offers clear step-by-step instructions for pruning vines to maximise vine health and minimise wood disease, from correct establishment to late maturity.

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Simonit & Sirch's Guyot Methodology by Marco Simonit
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Simonit & Sirch's Guyot Methodology by Marco Simonit

Recent decades have seen a revolution in vine pruning, and now arguably the most influential book on the subject is available in English. First published in Italian in 2014, Guyot Methodology: The Vine Pruning Manual to Limit Trunk Diseases is a ground-breaking handbook, offering the reader step-by-step instructions to Simonit's renowned approach to pruning, from vine establishment to maturity.

SIMONIT&SIRCH’s pruning methodology is designed to maximise the health of the vine and to minimise wood disease. Its efficacy has been proven in vineyards across the globe. Marco Simonit’s book provide a step-by-step guide to the establishment, pruning and restructuring of vines. 

In Simonit’s own words, “In this book, you’ll find a complete picture of what happens inside a plant as a consequence of pruning wounds”. You will also find a comprehensive methodology on how to establish and prune vines to avoid such consequences. In short, this is an essential volume for any vineyard owner, viticulturalist, pruner, or simply anyone interested in the science and best practice of pruning.

Softcover Technical Guide, viticulture/pruning 240mm x 218mm, 240 pages Published by L'informatore agrario, 2019 IBSN 8872203902

Simonit & Sirch's Guyot Methodology by Marco Simonit
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The Life and Wines of Hugh Johnson
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The Life and Wines of Hugh Johnson

First published in 2005 as ‘Wine, A Life Uncorked’, this new edition has been updated by Hugh to take in two decades of change in the wine world. In the world of wine writing, Hugh Johnson is a titan. No one writes so infectiously on every aspect of wine, whether human or cultural, technical or historical. This book is peppered with anecdotes and personal recollections, infused with the sheer delight Hugh finds in his subject. It is a book with a story and a mastery of wine to impart.


In the book:


First published in 2005 as Wine, A Life Uncorked, this new edition has been updated by Hugh to take in two decades of change in the wine world.

The First Duty of wine: getting to know the luxury red wine icons Bordeaux and Burgundy (which has the lion’s share in Hugh’s cellar).

Technical Stuff: Hugh learns about winemaking the hard way: by growing and making it his own French Sauvignon Gris.

The Wilder Shores of Wine: tracking wine’s origins in Georgia, the cradle of viticulture.

The Bordeaux Persuasion: from the Médoc to Martha’s Vineyard – Hugh seeks out the world’s great Cabernet Sauvignon-based reds.

NEW Foreword by Eric Asimov

NEW Digestif! In this new chapter, Hugh reveals the wines that give him the most pleasure – the bottles he keeps in his cellar today.

NEW On ‘Bubbly’: Hugh finds sparkling wine perfection among the grandes marques of Champagne and the fashionable new fizz of English vineyards.



Flexibound

Pages: 351

Published by Académie du Vin Library 2022

In the book: • First published in 2005 as Wine, A Life Uncorked, this new edition has been updated by Hugh to take in two decades of change in the wine world. • The First Duty of wine: getting to know the luxury red wine icons Bordeaux and Burgundy (which has the lion’s share in Hugh’s cellar). • Technical Stuff: Hugh learns about winemaking the hard way: by growing and making it his own French Sauvignon Gris. • The Wilder Shores of Wine: tracking wine’s origins in Georgia, the cradle of viticulture. • The Bordeaux Persuasion: from the Médoc to Martha’s Vineyard – Hugh seeks out the world’s great Cabernet Sauvignon-based reds • NEW Foreword by Eric Asimov • NEW Digestif! In this new chapter, Hugh reveals the wines that give him the most pleasure – the bottles he keeps in his cellar today. • NEW On ‘Bubbly’: Hugh finds sparkling wine perfection among the grandes marques of Champagne and the fashionable new fizz of English vineyards. Flexibound Pages: 351 Published by Académie du Vin

“…it is an absolute joy to read Johnson’s writing. It’s not only that he is exquisitely articulate, playing words as a maestro violinist might play Bach’s Chaconne. It is that he finds so much joy in wine. He is an incurable romantic, an optimist, infectiously enthusiastic, infinitely curious.”
Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com
“Brilliantly written… no one writes tauter, tighter springier and fresher sentences about wine than Johnson.”
Andrew Jefford
The Life and Wines of Hugh Johnson
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The Story of Wine by Hugh Johnson
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The Story of Wine by Hugh Johnson

Arguably Johnson’s most enthralling and enduring work, The Story of Wine is one of the essential volumes on every wine student’s curriculum. It tells with wit, scholarship and humour how wine became today’s global phenomenon, varying from mass-produced plonk to rare bottles fetching many thousands. It ranges from Noah to Napa, Pompeii to Prohibition to Pomerol—gripping, anecdotal, personal, controversial and fun. 

In his foreword the celebrated historian Andrew Roberts writes: “The genius of The Story of Wine derives from the fact that it is emphatically not a dry-as-dust academic history – there are dozens of those – but an adventure story, full of mysteries, art and culture.” This new edition includes Hugh’s view on the changes wine has seen in the past 30 years. It’s a cast-iron classic.

Flexibound Pages: 496 Published by Académie du Vin Library 2020

“To read it is like having a series of conversations with someone at once formidably knowledgeable and yet still excited by what they know so much about. That combination of vivacity and expertise is a rare thing. To encounter it is like opening a rare bottle retrieved from the back of the cellar, and, against all expectation, finding it in perfect condition.”
The Critic
“Who better to supply us with our first comprehensive historical survey than the wine writer with the magic pen, Hugh Johnson.”
Jancis Robinson MW
The Story of Wine by Hugh Johnson
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The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy
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The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy

Forget everything you thought you knew about wine. Discover a whole new universe of wine culture and experiences with the founders of London's award-winning Noble Rot Magazine and Restaurant. “In a realm too often weighted by pretence and peacocking, the Noble Rot boys have drained wine of its bullshit, with a brilliant road map to loving bottles both great and small.” JON BONNÉ

Winner: Guild of Food Writers Drinks Book Award 2021

Shortlisted for the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards 2020

The Times Drink Book of the Year 2020




 

Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (29 Oct. 2020) Hardcover: 352 pages

"It’s a good Burgundy of a wine book, one that deserves savouring"
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Noble Rot has brought originality, humour and now space travel to the very serious business of drinking wine. About time too."
BRIAN ENO
"Beautifully produced, and very much sticking with the house style – modern, on-trend, whip-smart, and putting wine firmly in its context – this is book celebrates the sorts of wines that Noble Rot has become so well known for championing... wines that are compelling and authentic and often taking in newer regions and producers."
JAMIE GOODE
“Wow! What a book. Wine from Another Galaxy is a Bible for all modern wine drinkers.”
RAJAT PARR
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On Champagne compiled by Susan Keevil
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On Champagne compiled by Susan Keevil

On Champagne brings together a compendium of thoughts, opinions and conclusions of the world’s finest Champagne writers under a single roof. Eight sections divide 41 essays into themes including the brands, styles, history (the ‘Eleven eras of champagne’), terroir, innovation and future (from Sherman tanks to spaceships). Complied and edited by the richly talented Susan Keevil, the essays—written between 1882 and 2022—weave together a tapestry of tales presenting the reader with a vivid and multi-layered collage of the region. 

It’s a journey that starts and ends with capturing that sparkle in a bottle and, along the way, tutors us with the nuances of its chalky terrain, the determination of rebels from Ambonnay to Avize, and the mystery of a Champagne cellar under the sea. We meet the pioneers who created the great Champagnes of the past and the personalities who are greening this landscape, nurturing it through climate change to shape the exquisite Champagnes of the future. Bringing levity, the compendium’s heavyweight narrative is punctuated by historical essays such as Evelyn Waugh’s Fizz, Bubbly, Pop in the Swinging Sixties (“Gruesome attempts have been made in New Jersey to produce an equivalent”). Simply, On Champagne is an essential volume for every Champagne lover’s bookshelf.

Contributors include Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW, Hugh Johnson, Serena Sutcliffe MW, Peter Liem, Tyson Stelzer, Andrew Jefford and Robert Walters, with the ‘modern era’ welcomed in by Evelyn Waugh. 


On Champagne: A Tapestry of Tales to Celebrate the Greatest Sparking Wine of All Compiled by Susan Keevil Hardback Pages: 279, 246 × 189 mm Published by Académie du Vin Library 2022

“Sorry to add to the shopping list, but if you love Champagne, this is another must-buy. And apologies for the terrible pun, but it is genuinely true – this book fizzes with wonderful stuff.”
Tamlyn Currin, jancisrobinson.com
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