The end of the year is upon us and you know what that means! Time to wrap those holiday gifts and time for Wine Spectator, America’s best-selling wine magazine, to announce their list of Top 100 wines for 2015.
Top Wines … and Book Reviews, Too
The Top 100 issue of Wine Spectator is also the annual book review issue and I was honored to have my most recent book, Money, Taste and Wine: It’s Complicated, included in the collection. In fact it is the lead review.
Thanks to Tom Matthews (who wrote the review) and the other Wine Spectator editors for this. So many great wine books were released this year that it is an honor just to make the list.
Here’s a list of the other books in the review article. Nice company!
- Barolo MGA by Alessandro Masnaghetti
- Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel
- A Natural History of Wine by Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle
- Wine, Moon and Stars by Gérard Betrand
- American Wine by Tom Acitelli
- The Winemaker by Richard G Peterson
- True Taste by Matt Kramer and
- Thirsty Dragon by Suzanne Mustacich
Caffeinated, Catchy and Quick
Wine Spectator had some nice things to say about Money, Taste and Wine. My favorite line is “A caffeinated writing style, catchy themes and rapid jumps from one subject to the next make the book a quick and lively read.” That’s sounds a little like a literary tasting note!
That’s not to say that they liked everything about the book and I’m taking their constructive criticism as a challenge to do even better as I work on my next book, tentatively scheduled for 2017.
Here’s the Shameless Part
In the meantime, do you have a wine lover on your gift list? If so, you might want to consider a book — best thing ever to give or receive, don’t you think? OK, maybe next-best to wine itself. Here’s my Amazon list of favorite gift books, perfect for your favorite wine friends.
Talk about shameless self-promotion. Cheers, everyone!
Since were talking about wine books Isabelle Saporta has done a fabulous job with Vino Business.
Tangled VInes reads like a fiction mystery, with a lot of facts about France pre-revolution. Fascinating. I thank you for pointing out Richard G. Peterson’s book, I googled and ended up talking to him and buying the book directly from him…he makes an extra buck that way…would rather see him get it.
Only one you left off is the one that should be read BEFORE reading Thirsty Dragon as they dovetail together and cast doubt on the entire Bordeaux classification system and how it is being ruined by the Chinese which in turn has turned the appellations against small vineyard owners and corrupted the entire classification system. Vino Business The Cloudy World of French Wine by Isabelle Saporta – cloudy??? Very Dark Clouds! Saporta has two things going for her credibility: first she is French so she can’t be accused of slamming them; second, she is a recognized investigative reporter; and three she knows wine! A trifecta! A must read before you buy that next bottle of over-priced Bordeaux!
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Congratulations! I look forward to reading it.