Wine Culture Magazine

Colder days and longer nights make this the time of year we want to stay inside and curl up with a good book and a glass of wine. Here are five wine-soaked titles we’re enjoying this fall.

For fans of fizz

Spritz Fever! Sixty Champagne and Sparkling Wine Cocktails, by Elouis Anders, illustrated by Sarah Hankinson (Rizzoli, $26.95, September) is the perfect companion for all the parties in your planner. Spritz cocktails are refreshing and easy to make, low in alcohol but high in taste and fun. Perfect for brunches, after-work get-togethers and festive occasions all year round.

Prefer Prosecco? The Little Book of Prosecco Tips by Andrew Langley (Bloomsbury, $10.99, November) offers everything you need to know about buying, storing, chilling and serving your favourite Italian bubble.

For know-it-alls and wannabes

If you don’t already have a copy of The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson (Octopus Books, $70, October)—and even if you do—this is the perfect time to pick up this essential tome. The first edition, published in 1971, was immediately recognized as the most authoritative wine reference work available. This fall sees the release of the fully updated eighth edition from the world’s most respected wine-writing duo. It’s a must for any serious wine aficionado.

We hate to admit it, but wine can be pretentious and intimidating. Not when superstar podcaster Elizabeth Schneider writes about it, though. In Wine for Normal People: A Guide for Real People Who Like Wine, but Not the Snobbery That Goes With It (Chronicle Books, $34.95, November), she offers a comprehensive yet down-to-earth guide to everything you could want to know about your favourite tipple.

For a wine-soaked escape

If you loved Ann Mah’s The Lost Vintage as much as we did, you’ll want to pick up a copy of The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel (Gallery Books, $24.99, out now). This time the action is in Champagne and jumps between present day and the Second World War. There is love and betrayal, collaborators and resistance fighters, and, of course, the effervescent spirit of the world’s greatest wine.

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