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Decanter bookmarks: Things to read, watch and listen to for wine lovers

Every month the Decanter team selects the best books, podcasts, films and shows for wine lovers.

Looking for inspiration? Here are the best things to read, watch and listen to for wine lovers. We’ve picked out some of the top wine-related books, TV shows and podcasts for your enjoyment!

Books:

The Bordeaux Club

Written by historian Neil McKendrick, this is the true story of a group of male friends – including wine writers Hugh Johnson, Steven Spurrier and Michael Broadbent, and Neil himself – united by their love of claret. Founded in 1949 and active until 2019, The Bordeaux Club met to drink, dine and discuss fine wines. This book profiles its leading members, with meeting minutes, and tasting notes including Latour 1865, Petrus 1920 and Lafite 1945.

Available through Amazon UK

Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine 2023

First published 46 years ago, this compact annual guide is packed with information and recommendations of top names from every wine region. Its quick-reference vintage charts are always a useful resource for collectors. This year, Johnson also highlights new-wave bottles from non-classic regions, showcasing native grape varieties and unconventional winemaking methods.

Available through Amazon UK

The Wine Bible

Just in time for Christmas, Decanter contributor Karen MacNeil has released the third edition of The Wine Bible, the bestselling wine book in the US with more than 800,000 copies in print. Completely revised, the 736-page tome has new chapters on the UK, Croatia and Israel, with other sections updated. MacNeil tasted more than 8,000 wines for this edition, which feature in the fully revised Great Wines sections. A great buy for wine novices and enthusiasts alike.

Available through Amazon UK

On Champagne

This anthology edited by Susan Keevil brings together a selection of articles from the world’s leading Champagne writers, including Tyson Stelzer, Peter Liem and Tom Stevenson. Presenting the story of the iconic French fizz from its accidental beginnings to the present day and looking to the future, there is plenty for Champagne-lovers to enjoy. Other topics include glassware, the science of bubbles, bottle sizes, grower Champagnes and the grandes marques, making this a great book to dip in and out of.

Available through Amazon UK


TV and film:

The Wild Side of Wine: Lebanon

As a follow-up to his three-part documentary series about making wine in Georgia, Decanter contributor Peter Richards MW takes another walk on The Wild Side of Wine – this time in Lebanon. Filmed on location, Richards visits wineries such as Chateau Musar and uncovers the long history of winemaking in this eastern Mediterranean country, from the Phoenicians up to the modern day, exploring how wine is helping to heal the scars of war.

Sommvivant

Napa-based sommelier Amanda McCrossin is also known as sommvivant, with more than 8,000 subscribers on YouTube and 172,000 followers on TikTok. Her knowledgeable and fun-to-watch videos cover a variety of topics from California Pinot and Australian Cabernet to sweet wines and Champagne, as well as travel guides and food matching. Tune in for $15 Fridays to pick up value recommendations plus tips on pairing food and wine on a budget. tiktok.com/@somm_vivant

The Masters

If you’re keen to know more about your festive glass of Port, take a look at School of Port’s latest online course: The Masters. This free advanced course is from Symington Family Estates and consists of five in-depth episodes. Viewers will learn about the processes involved in Port winemaking, with expert commentary from people directly involved in producing and ageing all styles of Port.

The Heart of Harvest

This free-to-watch documentary series takes a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s harvest in Rioja. Presented in five parts, the three- to four-minute episodes cover The Grower, The Picker, The Winemaker, The Consejo and The Celebration. In a year when Rioja, like the rest of Europe, experienced heatwaves – causing harvest to begin two weeks earlier than usual – the series is a revealing insight into a classic wine region.


Podcasts:

Guildsomm

GuildSomm’s podcasts are pitched at wine service professionals – with an emphasis on tastings with top sommeliers – but they are available for anyone to listen to. Broad-ranging content includes topics from blind tasting and food pairing to vineyard management and regional focuses. There are also Spanish language episodes, such as ‘Rioja with Alberto Gil’. Available on Apple, Spotify.

In Vino Veritas

In each episode of this new podcast from Jamie Theakston and Alexander Armstrong the duo recommend a wine and match it with music, while sharing wine facts and chatting about their wine passions, food and travel. Episodes often focus on specific wine regions, from Margaret River to Piedmont, with pairings including Barbaresco with Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major and Pfalz Riesling with the album Where is Home/Hae ke Kae by South African cellist Abel Selaocoe.

Matthew’s World of Wine and Drink

WSET educator Matthew Gaughan interviews Decanter contributor Amanda Barnes in his latest podcast episode: ‘The Unique Grape Varieties of South America’. Following the release of her book The South America Wine Guide, the pair delve into the history of native grape varieties País, Criolla Chica, Torrontés and more. The podcasts are a great reference point for anyone studying or wanting to expand their knowledge. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and most other major podcast apps

Like a Fine Wine – hosted by Oz Clarke

Recorded on location this summer, Like A Fine Wine travels around vineyards and wineries in the UK, as Oz Clarke and a team of fellow tasters visit winemakers in North Wales, North and West Yorkshire, London and Sussex. Each of the five episodes looks at key aspects of winemaking, as well as covering broader themes.


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