Book Review: 111 Vins Suisses à ne pas manquer by Pierre Thomas (2022)

111 Vins Suisses à ne pas manquer by Pierre Thomas, Emons Verlag (2022) The “111” series of books by German publisher Emons Verlag is a staple in European bookstores. Like the “Books for Dummies” franchise in the U.S., their titles are everywhere. The brand’s most successful niche, by far, is the off beat guidebook written […]

Book Review: Wines of the French Alps, Wink Lorch (2019)

Wines of the French Alps: Savoie, Bugey and Beyond by Wink Lorch, Wine Travel Media (2019) Wink Lorch’s new book, Wines of the French Alps, is a slap in the face for those who bitch about the current state of wine writing or seek to trivialize wine expertise. This is a full-blown, old-school reference work with all the details a […]

Book Review: Roche et Vin: A la Découverte des Vignobles Suisses — Edited by Rainer Kündig (2018)

Roche et Vin — A la Découverte des Vignobles Suisses edited by Rainer Kündig  AS Verlag & Grafik (2018) When I moved to Switzerland from California, four years ago, I had some hard choices to make. Among them, what to do with my library of wine books. Forty years of collecting left me with hundreds […]

Book Review: Vineyards, Rocks, & Soils, Alex Maltman (2018)

Vineyards, Rocks, & Soils: The Wine Lover’s Guide to Geology by Alex Maltman, Oxford University Press (2018) The futility of writing a book review (or anything else for that matter) after British wine writer Andrew Jefford has already tackled the subject hit me hard the other day. His brilliant review of Alex Maltman’s Vineyards, Rocks, and Soils: The Wine […]