Hoping for recommendation for non-reference books
I'd like to buy a wine-related book as a gift. But not an instruction book, not a guide, not a how-to book.
What I'd like is a chatty narrative kind of book, maybe history, maybe a personal story. For instance, I see that Jay McInerney wrote a book on wine a few years ago. That sort of thing.
Any suggestions? I'm not a wine-drinker myself, so I have no idea.
Kermit Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route is a great book, as others have noted. Even as a non-wine drinker you might like it.
The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine is a good book about the fraud behind a bottle of wine.
Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine is a good book about a tasting that put California wines on the map.
Kermit Lynch is a wine importer. Another wine importer, Neal Rosenthal, wrote Reflections of a Wine Merchant . It's not in the same league as Adventures on the Wine Route but I enjoyed it. Rosenthal isn't afraid to name names, which I enjoyed about it.
Terry Theise is another importer. He wrote Reading Between the Wines but I haven't read it yet.
Not strictly wine related, but I enjoyed A History of the World in 6 Glasses, which says each epoch had its symbolic beverage, including wine.
I've recently enjoyed Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine by Todd Kliman http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Vine-Forgo...
When the Rivers Ran Red: An Amazing Story of Courage and Triumph in America's Wine Country by Vivienne Sosnowski - http://www.amazon.com/When-Rivers-Ran...
The Ripening Sun: One Woman and the Creation of a Vineyard by Patricia Atkinson - http://www.amazon.com/Ripening-Sun-Wo...
I didn't think Billionaires Vinegar was an easy read....
"The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization" from Alice Feiring.
quirky, fun, a bit pretentious, ...
"Liquid Memory: Why Wine Matters" Jonathan Nossiter (haven't read it yet, It's on the reserve list at the book store)
"Taste & Power: The wine world wars" from Jonathan Nossiter (but I've only seen it in French).
In french (just in case you want to learn french!):
"le dictionnaire amoureux du vin" from Bernard Pivot,
"La Face Caché du Vin" from Laurent Baraou et Monsieur Septime.