Anticipating Wine Books
Every now and then I like to look and see what's coming down the pike where wine-related books are concerned. There are always lots of How-To's and "What-to-Drink" books. Every year we get new books on touring wine country and big shiny atlases of various regions.
Below is a list of the more interesting and intriguing wine-related books that will be published this year.
Sex and Spirits: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake
By Sarah Hand Meacham (Nov 09)
by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl (Oct 2009)
Every year the same books promising to make wine simple is released. In fact, it's usually released by in three or four different versions by 3 or 4 different publishers. This one, however, has the benefit of being demanding! The Jewish Wine Trade And The Origin Of Jewish Moneylending: Principles And Pressures
By Haym Soloveitchik (Oct 2009)
I love long academic sounding book titles. I imagine that after years of researching the currency exchanges and rates of exchange in Les Pays-Bas and their impact on Jewish merchants trading in imported wine there just wasn't any energy left to come up with a snappy title.
Gallo Be Thy Name: The Inside Story of How a Secretive but Well-Connected Family Rose to Dominate the U.S. Wine Market
By Jerome Tuccille (Sept 09)
This will be interesting, no doubt about it. The Gallo's remain the dominant force in the American wine industry. This will get a lot of attention when it hits.
Spectacular Wineries of Sonoma Valley: A Captivating Tour of
Established, Estate and Boutique Wineries (Spectacular Wineries series)
By LLC Panache Partners (Aug 09)
Now we're talking. My own home town getting some publishing love. It must be true that Sonoma Valley is the second best know and second most visited wine region in the U.S. Yet, it hasn't gotten nearly the attention that Napa gets. I'm looking forward to seeing this one.
By Michael Steinberger (June 09)
Someone make the argument this won't be good! Poor France is in the midst of a cultural revolution driven by economics and demographics. Cafe Culture is waning. I'm betting Steinberger gets it all down.
The Bryant Family Vineyard Cookbook: Recipes from Great Chefs and Friends
By Barbara Bryant and Betsy Fentress (June 09)
When the Rivers Ran Red: An Amazing Story of Courage and Triumph in America's wine country
By Vivienne Sosnowski (June 09)
This looks absolutely fascinating. I can't wait to read it. Has anyone ever considered what the American wine industry would look like today had there been no Prohibition? I'd love to hear speculation on that question. Whether it is in this book or not, I suspect this will be a pretty good read.
By Liz Thach, Ph.D., Brian D'Emilio, and Doug Pike (March 09)
I regularly get emails and call from folks who want to know how to get into the wine business. I always take the calls and correspond with the people who contact me because I did the same thing 20 years ago and it helped me. But at least now I'll also be able to refer them to something tangible. Big Bad-Ass Drinking Game
By Jordana Tusman (March 09)
How tough can it be these days to sell a book concept?