FAVORITE WINE BOOKS OF 2010
New Connoissuers' Guide to California Wine and Wineries
By Charles Olken
An outstanding guide to California's wine industry by a long time veteran observer. Required reading.
Reading Between the Wines
By Terry Theise
A provocative narrative of the importers experience and opinions on the world of wine.
Matt Kramer on Wine: A Matchless Collection of Columns, Essays, Observations By America's Most Original and Lucid Wine Writer
A great collection by one of America's all time best wine writers. (And clearly the best title of a wine book released in 2010)
FAVORITE WINE WRITERS OF 2010
Dan Berger (Vintage Experience, Napa Valley Register, Other outlets, etc)
Berger continues to issue insightful, well researched, contemplative essays on the business of wine, the evolution of the winemaking trade and consumer issues (particularly in his newsletter, "Vintage Experiences". He is a must read.
Alice Feiring (The Feiring Line)
I don't always agree with Alice, but I sure do love reading her. She writes beautiful prose and does so with passion and poise. She deserves a place upon a pedestal where she can regularly be read by millions. (Hey, New Yorker….you reading this??)
Jeff Lefevere (The Good Grape)
Jeff's take on wine/wine business/culture/trends is always intriguing. He writes long posts on his blog, The Good Grape, yet I always read them twice. Most importantly, his posts are always thought provoking…which is the highest praise I can give.
Matt Kramer (Wine Spectator, The Oregonian)
Like most readers of the Wine Spectator, I find Kramer's column first and foremost because it provides opinion and analysis and good thinking. I'm always done before I know it.
2011: LOOKING FORWARD, LITERARILY...
Obtaining My iPad
This will be a highlight for me in 2011, as it will mark a technological turning point in the way I consume wine media.
Wine Bloggers Conference 2011: Charlottesville, VA
Moving to the East Coast, to Thomas Jefferson's backyard and to an outstanding winemaking state, the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference will surely be a a 2011 literary highlight
Not the kind you wear, but the kind that get written in support of court cases. With some luck and with some help from the Gods, I'll be reading briefs written for the nine justices of the Supreme Court regarding a wine shipping case.