Vinous Holiday Gift Guide 2015
A number of fabulous books top the list among this year’s
best gift choices for the wine lover in your life. The 2015 Vinous Holiday
Gift guide has something for everyone. Of course, glasses, decanters and service items all make great gifts too. For more gift ideas, readers might enjoy revisiting the The Vinous 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and The Vinous 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.
Karen MacNeil’s Wine Bible (2nd Edition) is a terrific choice for
those who are just getting into wine. Early chapters are focus on general
topics such as how wine is made, a look at the main grapes found throughout the
world, and thoughts on food pairing. Later chapters give readers the essentials
on the main wine-producing regions. In sum, this is a terrific all-around book
that will appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. Highly recommended. Workman; $24.95/paperback.
Companion to Wine (Fourth Edition) presents an extraordinary range of information
written by dozens of contributors, all edited by Jancis Robinson and her
long-time colleague Julia Harding. Information is presented alphabetically,
encyclopedia style, which makes the Companion an essential resource, although this is not the kind of book one is likely to read from front to back. Still, the Oxford Companion is fabulous. Highly
recommended. Oxford University Press; $65.00/hardcover.
Winemaker, Richard Peterson recounts a life spent in wine. A child of the
Great Depression, Peterson has seen it all, from the mass-market wines he
helped make at Gallo to life inside the corporate world at Beaulieu Vineyard to
the birth of Napa Valley’s high-end, limited production wines. Peterson pulls
no punches, but it is the very personal, intimate story telling that makes The Winemaker one of this year’s most
compelling books. I was so moved by Peterson’s story that I wrote the back
flap. Highly recommended. Meadowlark Publishing, $29.95/hardcover.
Alessandro Masnaghetti’s Barolo MGA Menzioni
Geografiche Aggiuntive is a must-have for Barolo lovers. No one knows the
nuances of Piedmont’s vineyards better than Alessandro Masnaghetti. In Barolo MGA,
Masnaghetti examines each of the vineyards and districts within Barolo down to the single parcel with series of beautifully drawn maps. Barolo MGA
is an essential reference tool for wine lovers who want to learn more about Barolo.
Quite simply, Barolo MGA is a tour de force from Alessandro Masnaghetti. Highly recommended. Enogea-Alessandro
Masnaghetti Editore; $85.00/hardcover. Available in the US through the Rare
Valley Then and Now Kelli White has written the definitive account of Napa
Valley and its winemakers. The book opens with an overview of the history of
Napa Valley. Profiles of 200 producers follow, including tasting notes on
several hundred wines. Napa Valley Then
and Now is the most comprehensive book on Napa Valley I have seen, which
makes it a must for anyone who buys and drinks these wines. Naturally I am a
bit biased, as Kelli writes for Vinous. Highly recommended. Rudd Press; $95.00/hardcover.
ClimaVinea – Sylvain Pitiot’s new app takes
all of the information in his book The
Climats and Lieux-dits of the Great Vineyards of Burgundy and
makes it available on a smartphone. Pitiot’s vineyard maps are the gold
standard, but ClimaVinea takes things to another level entirely. Ever wonder
how vineyards and villages got their names? It’s all explained here, along with
a glossary, a description of reference-point producers and more. Simply put,
ClimaVinea is a must-have app for Burgundy lovers. Highly recommended. Available for iOS. Price: $24.99.
Vinous – Our newly released iOS app puts the world
of wine at your fingertips. Take a
picture of label, read the review and then see where that wine is available,
all on your smartphone. The extensive vintage chart, glossary and grape guide have
all been designed to deliver a totally seamless experience. Prices range from
$7.99/month to $4.99/month (requires twelve month purchase). A gift subscription to Vinous.com provides unlimited access to both the website and app.
Hand-crafted by artisans in Northern Italy, the
Moreschi Wine Tote by Vinous is the ultimate gift for the wine lover in you life.
Available in Cocoa or Burgundy. Vinous/$1,200.
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-- Antonio Galloni