Worldwide Winemania


The passion for wine has become a worldwide craze, but taking a closer look at Bacchus’ universe, it is not so easy to navigate with its thousands of years of history, hundreds of different terroirs, thousands of grape varieties not to mention tasting techniques which cannot be overlooked in order to fully appreciate what you are drinking.

While in countries like Italy, France and Spain, where wine is an integral part of the national culture and shared, in other parts of the world it might be a good idea to read up on the subject even before taking one of the many wine appreciation courses which are popping up all over the place. Even books and manuals on the topic number in the hundreds, but the staff of “The Drinks Business” ( has put together the best in its “Top 10 Wine Education Books” list. Topping it off, “Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course”, featuring lessons in addition to interactive content in the 33rd edition, seems perfect.

“World Atlas of Wine” by Masters of Wine Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson is a sort of ultimate bible on wine: a classic that has sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. “Wine Wise” by Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, and Michael Weiss is a guide for the consumer with quite a soft approach to tasting and to exploring wine further. “Viticulture – An Introduction to Commercial Grape Growing for Wine Production” by Stephen Skelton is a manual for those who study wine seriously as well as for future winemakers. Meanwhile, for those taking the Wine & Spirits Education Trust courses abroad, there is the association’s “Coursebook”.

To sail the magnum sea of wine, the “Wine Report 2009” by Tom Stevenson proves to be interesting whereas, for a lighter yet complete approach, “Drink This: Wine Made Simple” by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is the right choice. For those who are interested in technical aspects of wine, “Understanding Wine Technology” by David Bird is a great resource just as “The Oxford Companion to Wine” penned by Jancis Robinson in 1994, which
is still very current. Finally for wine tasting basics and to whet the palate, “The Drinks Business” recommends “Essential Wine Tasting” by Michael Schuster.

Source: Winenews