Friday, December 3, 2010

Wine Country International: Wonderful wine books for the holidays!

Wine Country International Magazine's
Wonderful wine books for the holidays
By Christopher J. Davies


Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Guide to Wines of the World, Completely Revised 3rd Edition

Authors: Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, Michael A. Weiss
Rating: Must read!
Format: Hardcover, 792 pages
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-0-470-77063-3

CIA's latest, completely revised edition is the ultimate textbook for wine education.  Just shy of 800 pages, this book is an amazing resource for wine enthusiasts and professionals alike. You will need to eat your wheaties before attempting to pick up this book. But after reviewing its interesting chapters and scanning it's breathtaking photography, you will not want to put this book down.

Chapter one starts out logically covering growing grapes and the fundamentals of wine making. Chapters 2 and 3 are devoted to Wines of The New World and Old World. Every established and upcoming wine growing country and region is included, providing an excellent overview of each countries popular grape varietals, wine laws and grape regions. New information about wine and regions in India and China is also included in this edition.

This book demystifies many aspects of the world of wine. But best of all it provides some of the best information on pairing foods with wine. This is a wonderful addition to anyone's library.

The Art and Design of Contemporary Wine Labels

Author: Tanya Scholes, Foreword by Michael Mondavi
Rating: Excellent!
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-59580-046-6

Wine label design is a very important ingredient of wine sales and marketing. It has been proven that a great design can have a major impact on sales. Graphics, color schemes, font styles and font sizes are combined to create an attractive label.

This book discovers the "art of the label" showcasing approximately 250 different labels from around. The author provides intriguing background stories and the reasoning behind each label's design.

This is a fantastic collection of many creative design styles. If you are a lover of good design, this book is for you. If you are a wine producer planning to hire a label designer, this book is a must!


The Great Family Wine Estates Of France
Authors: Photographs by Solvi dos Santos; Text by Florence Brutton
Rating: Excellent!
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-500-51531-0

Wine is everywhere you look in France. This book and it's beautiful color photographs give a rare insiders view of the aristocratic and elegant lifestyle of France's wine barons. The collection of photos is divided by wine regions. The photographer has captured many old and opulent aspects, architectural features and cobwebs. The book is also filed with photos of lush vineyards, cool & dark wine cellars and many wine bottles and glasses.

This is a perfect coffee table book for Francophiles and wine lovers. It also contains maps, resources and useful charts on each major wine producing region in France.


Story by Christopher J. Davies, (C)2010, all rights reserved.