Some non-wine Holiday Gift Suggestions: Things to read for wine lovers

Looking for inspiration? Here are some ideas to read  for wine lovers. 

Wine books:

Bordeaux 1855: A Guide to the Grands Crus Classés

This illustrated travel guide to the châteaux in Bordeaux’s 1855 Classification includes profiles of 38 of the most prominent châteaux, with info on tours and tastings, directions and maps. Beautiful photos of the châteaux, their vineyards, cellars and wines capture the spirit of the region. Essential reading for anyone planning a trip to the Médoc.

The World’s Wine Legends

With a foreword by Decanter editor Amy Wislocki, this new book brings together all of Stephen Brook’s ‘Wine Legends’ columns, featured on the final page of the magazine between 2013 and 2021. It’s a selection of the world’s most sought-after wines, including French classics such as La Mission Haut-Brion 1929 and New World stars including Chateau Montelena 1973. Pour a glass, turn the pages and start compiling your dream cellar.

The Life and Wines of Hugh Johnson

First published as Wine, A Life Uncorked, Hugh Johnson’s new edition is packed with anecdotes from his own wine journey as he teaches us about wines from far and wide. An excellent book for reference and an even better one to lose yourself in – why not pour a glass of something delicious and delve in. With a foreword by Eric Asimov.

Foot Trodden: Portugal and the Wines that Time Forgot

Co-authored by Decanter contributor Simon J Woolf with the evocative photography of Ryan Opaz, this engaging book was a New York Times Best Wine Book of 2021. Driven by personalities including familiar names such as Luis and Filipa Pato, it’s not a complete guide to Portuguese wines, but celebrates the diversity of the country’s wine scene, uncovering hidden gems.

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