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‘Grapetionary’ – A Wine Grape A–Z

31 March, 2021

Quick, name a wine grape that starts with the letter ‘Q’. How about ‘Y’… or ‘J’? Remember Julie and Julia (2009), the book and movie in which a food writer cooks every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of …

In memoriam: Steven Spurrier

31 March, 2021

May 1976. My diary for the week starts with having dinner with Steven and Bella in Paris at their charming apartment in Rue de la Cerisaie on May 23rd. After regaling us several delicious 1961 clarets, Steven announced that we …

Explaining the Wine Flavour Tree

31 March, 2021

The Wine Flavour Tree developed by Sam Caporn MW. It provides an essential, easy-to-use guide for wine drinkers as to the sorts of flavours that are typically found in a selection of 40 popular grape varieties. Among wine professionals it …

Books for wine lovers
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“The books that taught me about wine were about places and people. It’s the history and stories about a wine that bring it to life and make it worth talking about.”

– Steven Spurrier

Taking our lead from Steven, our aim at the Académie du Vin Library is to bring you the very best wine writing of the past, the present and the future. Some of our books are undisputed classics – refreshed for today’s reader but without losing any of the charm, or wisdom, of a more innocent time. Our new titles are, we believe, destined to become the classics of the future: easy to read, easy on the eye, and all with something new and important to say.

We like to think of ourselves not just as publishers and booksellers, but as a community of wine lovers, united by a passion for learning more about what makes the wine world so special. We hope you will join us. Happy reading!