Classic Wine Library

When we set up The Classic Wine Library we were intent on both enlightening and entertaining those serious about wine (and a few other drinks too). The series has a history stretching back more than fifty years and has been published by Infinite Ideas since 2013. Books are detailed enough to provide plenty of information – much of which is not available anywhere else – for students of wine, sommeliers and others who work in the wine industry, but accessible enough to be enjoyed by anybody with an enthusiasm for wine. All our authors are expert in their subject, many are Masters of Wine and all have years of experience in the wine industry. Not only that, but the whole series is edited and curated by an editorial board. Sarah Jane Evans MW, Richard Mayson and James Tidwell MS are all well-known in the wine industry and their expertise and opinions are widely respected. Each title is commissioned based on their recommendations and the manuscript assessed thoroughly by one or more of the editorial board before being published. We believe this rigorous approach makes our wine books uniquely authoritative: in a world of dubious information The Classic Wine Library is one resource serious wine lovers and professionals can really trust.

There are currently 19 books in the series with a further 8 in the pipeline and more to be added shortly.
Amarone and the fine wines of Verona, Michael Garner
Biodynamic wine, Monty Waldin
Cognac: The story of the world’s greatest brandy, Nicholas Faith
Côte d’Or: The wines and winemakers of the heart of Burgundy, Raymond Blake
Madeira: The islands and their wines, Richard Mayson
Port and the Douro, Richard Mayson
Rosé: Understanding the pink wine revolution, Elizabeth Gabay MW
Sake and the wines of Japan, Anthony Rose
Sherry, Julian Jeffs
Spirits Distilled, Mark Ridgwell
The story of champagne, Nicholas Faith
The wines of Austria, Stephen Brook
The wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, Caroline Gilby MW
The wines of Canada, Rod Phillips
The wines of Faugères, Rosemary George MW
The wines of Greece, Konstantinos Lazarakis MW
The wines of New Zealand, Rebecca Gibb MW
The wines of northern Spain, Sarah Jane Evans MW
Wines of the Languedoc, Rosemary George MW

Scheduled for publication
Fizz! Champagne and sparkling wines of the world, Anthony Rose
The wines of Chablis, Rosemary George MW
The wines of Germany, Anne Krebiehl MW
The wines of Great Britain, Stephen Skelton MW
The wines of Portugal, Richard Mayson
The wines of Roussillon, Rosemary George MW
The wines of south-west France, Rod Phillips
Wines of the Rhône, Matt Walls

For more information please download our catalogue.

Reviews of The Classic Wine Library Series:
The story of Champagne: ‘Above all this is an enjoyable read; essential for students, a great aide for tourists and probably the most important champagne book of the year.’  Andy Henderson, Newsletter of the Circle of Wine Writers

Spirits Distilled: ‘An informative, easy to read book for the novice and good reference to the expert.’ Colin Hampden-White, Newsletter of the Circle of Wine Writers

The wines of Faugères: ‘…a valuable and…gently provocative contribution to professional literature on wine…immensely detailed.’ Liz Sagues, Newsletter of the Circle of Wine Writers

The wines of Faugères: ‘A new book by Rosemary George MW explores the “infinite variety” of the Languedoc appellation of Faugères…the book takes a look at the different terroirs of Faugères, the grape varieties grown there and some of the key winemakers in the region.’ Rupert Millar, The Drinks Business