Kickstarting Wines of the French Alps Book

The last few months I have been very busy concentrating on research and photography for Wink’s new book, her second about the wine regions that are near to where we live part-time in France.

As with the Jura Wine book, Wink is using Kickstarter to raise funds to help with the costs in producing and publishing the book. Although the current campaign has reached its target she is still looking for support to try to meet the stretch target of £20,000.

The principal reward is a signed copy of the Wines of the French Alps book and your name as a backer listed in the book! There are other exciting rewards too.

Kickstarting Wines of the French Alps

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The Wines of India

Wines of IndiaOn 19th April there was an interesting event at Vintners Hall, London –  a tasting of Indian wines, celebrating the book launch of The Wines of India, a Concise Guide, written by Peter Csizmadia-Honigh MW, winner of the 2014 Geoffrey Roberts Award.

The Geoffrey Roberts Award is an international wine-related bursary of £4,000, given each year to someone who can demonstrate to the judging panel a genuine commitment to New World wines. Peter Csizmadia-Honigh was a worthy winner of the award in 2014, enabling him to publish this interesting book about a country that has started to produce wine as recently as the early 1980s.

Named ‘A Concise Guide’, it is actually a lengthy, but worthy tome, of 452 pages which starts with detailed information about the history of contemporary Indian wine, subtropical winegrowing, grape varieties and wine styles. Modern winemaking began with Indians who had enjoyed wine on their travels abroad, in particular successful entrepreneurs and businessmen. There were already established vineyards in India, but for table grapes, so some realised growing grapes for wine wouldn’t present a problem. Continue reading

Jura Wine Book and Tasting in Geneva

Jura Wine Book and Tasting

A few photos from a successful evening at the Jura Wine Book and Tasting in Geneva on Thursday.

ura Wine Book and Tasting, Geneva

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Virgile’s Vineyard

Virgile's Vineyard

It was, as my old friend Michael used to say: “A happy chance” – Patrick Moon has had a couple of them, which encouraged him to write this book.

In 1997 Patrick, then in his mid 40s, decided to quit the legal profession, thinking that there ought to be time in life to achieve more than one thing. After spending a little time in India, in 2000 he inherited a run-down property in Saint-Saturnin, inland from Montpellier, in the heart of the Languedoc.

A lover of wine and good food he set about discovering the excellent and diverse local produce in his new home. He happened to meet a young winemaker who was also starting a new business in the Languedoc.

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Through a Sparkling Glass

Through A Sparkling Glass

You have been a wine drinker for a while then one day you realise that there’s more to wine than meets the eye. You want to learn more, only to discover that there is so much information to assimilate, and all this knowledge can often seem too daunting.

Here is a cheerful book that not only tells you serious facts about wine but, and more importantly, it looks at the stories, ideas and opinions about and around wine. And in a way that is far from daunting.

The book opens with the story of the invention of wine (with meetings between God and Kevin!) and the author’s father’s pleasure in serving humble wine stylishly and with respect, before embarking on a range of topics. Arranged alphabetically from anecdote and fact to advice and philosophy, all celebrate wine.

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