The ten best books about wines

To enjoy vintage, or any time of the year, we recommend ten excellent titles dealing with viticulture from different points of view. The history, players, wineries, tasting and the pleasures that offers wine cup to mouth and mouth to the soul.

The wine has been, is and will always be, an inseparable companion of the man in his vocation throughout its history. It is part of their culture and, therefore, is much more than a simple consumer product. Wine is art, civilization and culture.

For this reason, to enjoy at vintage, or any time of the year, we recommend ten excellent titles dealing with viticulture from different points of view. The history, players, wineries, tasting and the pleasures that offers wine cup to mouth and mouth to the soul.

Myths and legends of Argentine wine, Natalia Páez.Buenos Aires, Aguilar, 2011.

A Ghost Rider runs through Mendoza farms where planted the first vines of Malbec; a dark wine producer with a reputation for vampire frightens by its neighbours; a wine cellar is inhabited by ghosts that make their voices heard. Fantastic, mythical beings as Argentine as the jug in the form of Penguin, healers of storms and troubadours of the wine, live together in this book with San Martín, Sarmiento and Eva Perón. Reality and legend are mixed in the narrations of the descendants of those immigrants entrepreneurs who founded one of the most prosperous economic activities of the country, among them, the best Argentinian winemaker of the 20th century.

In addition, Mendoza journalist Natalia Páez speaks of wine in poetry, tango and football. And it describes the vintage festivals held annually in Mendoza. Result of a thorough investigation, the stories in myths and legends of Argentine wineform an unofficial history of our national drink.


The wine and its revolutions. An anthology on the development of the Argentine wine industry, Ana María Mateu and Steve Stein. Mendoza, CUYO, 2008.

The volume through over a hundred years of history of viticulture argentina and, especially, the Mendoza.Materials provided by the work are the result of an investigation in which weave the proposals, criticisms and sectoral visions that seem to be reiterated and along separate lanes without any pay too much attention to the others. Mateu and Stein historians have worked from profusion of sources, studies and reports spread that rescued great analytical depth information about different periods in the evolution of the industry.


Argentina. Harvest time. Tribute to winemaking in the centenary of the fatherland. Buenos Aires, Josefina Rosner publishers, 2010.

Volume was chosen as best book of wines of the new world of Argentina, in the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2011 international contest. His material gives a tribute to the country’s wine industry, its makers and players telling their stories through a documentary and artistic look.

Throughout each chapter the reader discovers the most interesting aspects of this industry and is seeing its growth, with the arrival of the first vines in the American continent, the rich heritage of the territory and the particular scenario given by the Argentine geography, the presence of the human resource as a crucial part of the production process, the international positioning of our winesservices wine tourism intended for people who want to dive into this universe and the art was born between the vines.


Guide to wineries and wines. Argentina. The Sun done came. Mendoza, Caviar Bleu, 2003.

This guide of the Mendoza editorial Caviar Bleu compile good information about the wineries and Argentine wines for consumers and oenophiles. The grape varieties grown in the country, tourist data of regions, intimacies of a winery and the originality of sparkling Argentines, these and other topics give color to the pages of this cheap ebooks. Readers are also a directory of wineries, wine bars and sector bodies. Posed as a permanent reference, theGuide to wineries and wines. The Sun done came, Caviar Bleu accompanies the screening of one of the great vitiviniculturas of the world. In an edition of Pocket Spanish/English, offers more than 400 color pages that include a guide Malbec, and a roster of more than 300 wineries with tastings conducted by expert winemakers of INTA. With a clear and rigorous language, this guide also provides a fantastic photo tour and high quality illustrations.


Wine. New World Atlas, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. Madrid, Blume, 2003.

Few books in the world have exerted an influence so remarkable and lasting in its field. The first four English editions sales exceeded three million and a half copies.Its authors, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson joined their talents to create a new edition of this masterpiece, revised and updated comprehensively.

Johnson and Robinson, renowned worldwide for their extensive knowledge on the world of wine and for its bright and eloquent style in this edition offers the best wine maps. The prestigious Decanter magazine chose this work as a wine of the Millennium book, since 40 years after its first edition in 1971 remains a reference manual for lovers and wine professionals.


History of wine, Hugh Johnson. Madrid, Blume, 2005.

This is a work that is considered a classic in the literature of wine, illustrated with beautiful and evocative images.Its first edition was published in 1989, was translated into eleven languages and received the most prestigious awards in its category.

In this new edition, the text has been updated to include the latest developments in the world of wine. Wine history illuminates our understanding of civilization and our appreciation of wine. His reading is exciting because it traces the history of wine since the dawn of mankind until the present day, passing by the splendor of the Bacchanals of the ancient world.


Curious wine, stories of Pamela Vandyke Price. Madrid, Bon Vivant, 2004.

What drinking Napoleon during the battle of Waterloo?Is it really true that the wine matures with age? Did you how use Louis Pasteur wine to improve the health of millions? Why Nelson didn’t drink too much Champagne when sailing towards Trafalgar? Why do wine glasses have a certain size and a certain way? How can they have changed these forms over the centuries? What was the first great writer specializing in wines?

This book, as interesting as entertaining, reveals facts, figures, legends, fantasies and inspired madness on every facet of the wine, from its origins to the mysteries of its uncharted future. This book focuses on the curiosities of wine, here is its originality.

A legend involving Baco and tells why hit cups them to provide; the christening of a ship with bottles; the origin of the toast. Entertained and based on real facts, this book is the perfect gift for lovers of good wine. Insiders will find in these pages a lucid introduction to the world of wine, while the more experienced you will discover many aspects that were unknown.


Wine. From the vine to the glass, María Isabel Mijares and José Antonio Sáez Illobre Madrid, Mundi press, 2007.

The authors intend to with this book spread, enjoyable, easy and understandable, what is wine, to break this barrier that by excess of respect to a surrounded by both Rite product, often prevent the approach to a part of our culture. The love which proponents profess him, acquired through his knowledge and dedication to it, is dumped into the book with the desire and the conviction that the reader will get reading an analog love that leads to keep the plot of our cultural roots. Therefore they are explaining “from the vine to the glass” each and every one of the elements that give the wine that always close to the male role.


The Bible. First Treaty of viticulture and oenology, of Jabier Marquinez. Madrid. Santos Ochoa Express, 2010.

This essay, best 2010 World Book in the category of history of beverages, in the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, collects all appointments relating to wine and vine present in the Bible, interpreting them from a technical, historical and cultural point of view.

With a pleasant, conversational prose and easy to read, the author reveals hundreds of facts and customs about the wine in the biblical text, from the purchase and sale of wine, the delimitation of plots and techniques of cultivation and irrigation to the recruitment of foreigners to work in the vineyards. Between pest and hailstorms, the biblical characters vendimiaban, trasegaban, mixed and adulteraban wines. Course, they trasnochaban they got drunk, were vomiting and sang songs. And even that had planted a vineyard was exempt from going to war. A gem for curious readers.


The wine and vineyard. Historical geography of viticulture and wine trade, Tim Unwin’s. Barcelona, Tusquets, 2001.

This magnificent work explores the landscapes of the wine, the activities related to the viticulture and, in general, the history of the relations that man has kept since the dawn of civilization with the fermented juice of the grape. They trat from a book of astonishing richness interdisciplinary, capable of combining art and anthropology, biology and economics.

The wine and vineyard describes with a multitude of examples of the history and the geography of viticulture and wine trade, since the beginning of mankind until the present, and so tracks the texts of Greco-Roman antiquity, the commercial practices of the middle ages, American colonial expansion or complex social symbolism assigned to this drink. If, apart from the virtues of its flavor, one thinks of the powerful psychological effects that can have on who drinks it, means that the wine has been always carrier of the most different patterns of meaning, and that it has become one of the most powerful symbols of the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth.

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