"At times, it really does seem like Italy has more grape varieties than it knows what it do with," but with greater interest in indigenous varieties, Italian wine expert Ian D'Agata tackles the country's huge grape portofolio.
"A Year in the Life of Grange," is a finalist in two categories of the 2013 Gourmand awards: Wine Book of the Year and Photos/Illustrations. This abridged extract tracks the wine's creation by two determined rule breakers.
In this abridged extract from "Planet of the Grapes: Alternative Reds," Jason Wilson suggests that by focusing on top-end wines, Bordeaux has made itself "almost entirely irrelevant" to younger age groups.
"Reds, Whites & Varsity Blues" is a soon-to-be-published history of the Oxford and Cambridge blind tasting competition. In this extract, Oz Clarke (Pembroke College, Oxford) recalls how he fell in love with wine.
In 2008, Ray Walker threw in his job at Merrill Lynch to become a winemaker. In this extract from "The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France," he recalls the day he found a dream vineyard in Morey.