Rick's Wine-book Library

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People often ask me where they can learn more about wine. A fine wine-book  library is almost as rewarding as a fine wine  library. Following is a small selection of wine and wine-country related books from my library. These are useful reference as well as entertaining fictional books about wine, food, and travels in the wine country. I hope you find these as useful and entertaining as I do! 

Enjoy Wine Talk by Frank Prial in The New York Times and Mark Arvanigian's column on-line and in the Fresno Bee every Wednesday ,and Tastings by Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher every Friday in The Wall Street Journal.

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Books by Peter Mayle: 
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle Anything Considered by Peter Mayle Chasing Cezanne by Peter Mayle Acquired Tastes by Peter Mayle French Lessons by Peter Mayle A Good Year by Peter Mayle

A Good Year
A Year in Provence
Tojours Provence
Hotel Pastis   
Its a Dog's Life
Anything Considered
Chasing Cezanne  
Encore Provence
Acquired Tastes
French Lessons : Adventures With Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew
Grand Vins - The Finest Chateau of Bordeaux
Clive Coates MW; 1995, University California Press, 815 pages;
Great reading about the history of the grand chateaus.
Cote D'Or - Clive Coates MW; 1998, University California Press
Informative, insightful, useful reference about famous French wine region
The Heartbreak Grape - A California Winemakers Search for the Perfect Pinot Noir
Marc de Villiers; 1994, Harper Collins, 197 pgs.
A wonderful true story about Josh Jensen and Calera winery. Live the challenges and travails of building a business, an industry, a brand, and pursuing a dream.
Tasting Pleasures - Confessions of a Wine Lover ;  
(add another  for working women!)
by Jancis Robinson; 1997 Viking Press, 341 pgs.
Follow Jancis, breaking into a male dominated business, then balancing a career and family in pursuit of a dream - mixing work and pleaure.
Books by Robert M. Parker Jr.:
Bordeaux - A Comprehensive Guide  
Burgundy - A Comprehensive Guide  
Wines of the The Rhone Valley   
Parker's Wine Buying Guide    
Books by Jame Laube

-The Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide (s) for Consumers, Collectors, Investors,

California's Great Cabernets
California's Great Chardonnays
Wine Spectators California Wine
American Wine, Anthony Dias Blue, RI,
The Great Vintage Wine Book, Michael Broadbent, 
Harvests of Joy, Robert Mondavi    
Making Sense of Burgundy; Matt Kramer  
Our Story - Ernest & Julio Gallo , Times Books, 1994.
Vineyard Tales Reflections on Wine,
By Gerald Asher

Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine
First through Sixth Editions. The quintessential book, published annually, for any collector or anyone seeking to learn more about wines as seen through the eyes of Wine Spectator magazines reviewers. Each new edition encapsulates previous editions. 


Adventures on the Wine Route - A Wine Buyer's Tour of France; Kermit Lynch
Acaedmie du Vin - Guide to French Wines, by Steven Spurrier
Walking in Wine Country, by Nigel Buxton
Chateau Latour 
by Michel Dovaz

World Atlas of Wine, Hugh Johnson
The Vintners Year   
The Book of Wine, Nicholas Bezzant
Beyond the Grapes - An Inside Look at Napa Valley; 
Dan Berger, Richard Hinkle
France - A Culinary Journey - Classic Recipes from the Regions of France

Romanee-Conti : The World's Most Fabled Wine 
by Richard Olney

Harrods Book of Fine Wine
Edited by Joanna Simon



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