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GuildSomm-logoClassic Wine Library books are, quite simply, the best wine books in the world for people who are seriously interested in wine and spirits. The Classic Wine Library covers a wide range of subjects, from specific regions to entire countries, including the history, climate, geology and topography, grape varieties, wine-making techniques, ageing and maturation, and producers, as well as useful travel recommendations.

GuildSomm members can get 30% off the usual cover price of £35/$44.95 by entering the code GSMEMBER23 at checkout in either our North American or UK stores.

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Richard Mayson’s Madeira: The islands and their wines is a unique guide to a unique wine. This comprehensively updated second edition begins by considering the history and geography of the islands, the vineyards and the way in which the wines are made. A guide to the current producers and their typical wines follows, along with a chapter on the shippers, with tasting notes on more than 400 wines.

In Fizz!, Anthony Rose takes an in-depth look at sparkling wines of the world, exploring how and where they are made, and why they are so pleasing to drink. The major part of the book is a review of the regions making quality fizz today, featuring a selection of the most exciting and impressive producers around the world.

In The wines of Roussillon, Rosemary George MW presents a view of this oft-overlooked wine region through the eyes of its most committed producers, taking us on a journey through the hilly landscape, revealing the huge variety of soil types and microclimates the region offers and explaining how viticulture is tackled in its rugged, sloping vineyards.

Wines of the Rhône is a guide to one of the great French wine regions. It covers all the appellations of the Rhône, featuring profiles of some of the most respected winemakers of the region, tackling the issues facing the Rhône’s wines with clarity and authority, in a readable and entertaining package.

This book, written by one of the world’s leading authorities on Portuguese wine, examines the terroirs that make this small but varied country unique. Dividing Portugal into four broad wine-producing regions – the Atlantic littoral, mountain regions, the plains of the south and the islands – it gives detailed descriptions of the wine regions, the growers and the wines they produce.

Few would associate America’s frontier states with wine. And yet it is here, in 1629, that the country’s first Vitis vinifera vines are said to have been planted. Since the 1970s the wine industries of New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Colorado have evolved. This book takes each state in turn, focusing on growing conditions, key issues and prominent producers.

This book analyses South Africa’s wine industry and its key geological, geographical, and climatic conditions. It describes the major grape varieties and wine styles. A section on the challenges the industry faces is followed by an inspection of the major growing areas of South Africa and the most important producers operating in each one.

Austrian wine has experienced a sensational quality boom in the last 20 years and is regarded as a marvel in the wine world. Stephen Brook’s The wines of Austria introduces Austrian terroir and grape varieties before supplying a comprehensive guide to the 16 key wine regions. A final chapter assesses vintages, analysing the last 10 years in detail.

The fully updated sixth edition of Julian Jeffs’ Sherry explores the links between Jerez’s history and culture, and the development of the sherry trade. It provides extensive details of shippers, from the traditional family firms to the new boutique bodegas, along with thorough appendices for those who wish to delve into the fine details.

Georgian wines, relatively unknown in the West, have been produced for 8,000 years and are among the world’s finest. This is the first definitive book on Georgian wine. The heart of the book resides in a detailed examination of Georgian grape varieties, key vineyard areas, and wine styles, including profiles of contemporary Georgian producers.

Explains Germany’s regionality and its climate and geography. Krebiehl explains why rivers and slopes are so important to German viticulture and puts it in an economic context. She analyses Germany’s unusually fragmented producer base and its challenging climate and vintage variation before examining in detail the wines of today’s German regions.

The wines of Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois features the region’s history, the vineyards, the crus and viticultural methods in this most northerly wine growing region of Burgundy, exploring how wine is made in Chablis in the twenty-first century. The bulk of the book profiles the producers of Chablis and the most important wine growers of the adjacent area, the Grand Auxerrois.

A comprehensive survey of the history of Great Britain’s wines, as well as the current state of the wine industry and its future prospects. A large part of this important book contains detailed producer profiles, including large producers such as Nyetimber and Chapel Down, medium and small producers, brand-only and organic and biodynamic producers.

The completely updated fourth edition of Richard Mayson’s Port and the Douro offers unparalleled insight into the world of Port and Douro wines. An entire chapter is dedicated to vintage Port, covering harvests as recent as 2017 and providing information on vintages going back to 1844.

Sake, Japanese rice wine, can be confusing to the wine scholar. Anthony Rose’s new book brings clarity to the subject with explanations of the history, cultural significance, brewing methods and industry structure. A thorough analysis of the wine’s signature flavours follows along with detailed profiles of the most important producers.

An insight into one of the world’s most southerly wine-producing regions by Rebecca Gibb MW. Features chapters on the history of the New Zealand wine industry, the culture, climate and geography of the islands, cultivation, production and wine tourism. Chapters on the major wine growing regions and producers in both islands make up the bulk of the book.

This first book devoted to Eastern Europe’s most important wine-producing countries provides detailed information on the region’s wine production history, climate and geography, and analyses the parts played by culture and politics in the development of these wine industries. Wine styles, important grape varieties and key wineries are detailed.

Spain is Europe’s most exciting wine producer. Sarah Jane Evans, the world’s leading authority on the wines of Spain, profiles and analyses the main regions, Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Navarra and Aragón before opening out into discussion of the key producers and their top wines.

For wine lovers, especially those who like individual wines that express the place where they were grown, the Languedoc is a perfect hunting ground. But hundreds of fine wines are available so Languedoc can be a confusing region for consumers. Rosemary George has unpacked the region carefully for wine professionals and just such consumers.

Wine: A social and cultural history of the drink that changed our lives looks at how wine has been used to demarcate social groups and genders, how wine has shaped facets of social life as diverse as medicine, religion, and military activity, how vineyards have transformed landscapes, and how successive innovations in wine packaging have affected and been affected by commerce and consumption.

Covers the history of Greek wine, topography, geography, climatic conditions, grape varieties grown and requirements for all classifications. Detailed entries on some of the most interesting producers by region make up the bulk of the text. Appendices cover wine legislation and native varieties. Maps, glossary, bibliography, index.

This expert guide to rosé begins with a history of rosé and its developing economics and viticulture, analysing the role of Provence as a catalyst for change, other French rosés, and pink wines from around the world. Essential reading for wine professionals, students and collectors, as well as serious wine lovers and wine tourists.

Amarone and the fine wines of Verona is a sure-footed guide to all aspects of Veronese wine production, examining the history of the wines and geography of the region as well as viticulture, climate, grape varieties, wine styles and appassimento. It contains profiles of the region’s important producers, including assessments of their wines.

Canadian wine expert Rod Phillips provides an overview of Canada’s wine regions (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada), their climate, soil and other geographic conditions, and the grape varieties they grow. He discusses the key producers of each region, as well as analysing vintage variation and noteworthy winemaking techniques.

Côte-d’Or is small but its influence is huge and it can even strike terror into the heart of wine professionals. It’s an intimidating terroir but Raymond Blake’s companionable Côte-d’Or paints a complete picture of life there – the history, the culture, the people, the place, the geography and the climate – making it easy for readers to understand this complex region.

The wines of Faugères is a comprehensive guide to the wines of a small, distinct region of Languedoc, France. It covers the history, geography and climate of the region, as well as its grape varieties and viticulture, before profiling the individual producers and their wines, and contains an indispensable assessment of vintages going back to 1982.

Monty Waldin’s Biodynamic wine is a comprehensive and entertaining guide to the most argued-about green wine-making phenomenon of recent years. It is both an ideal how-to manual for growers and a captivating guide for wine professionals and wine lovers alike.

The new edition of Nicholas Faith’s landmark The story of champagne is written from the wine-makers’ point of view. This masterpiece of story-telling and analysis that has for decades excited readers about the different types of champagne and the landscape, geology and climate that inspire them also contains an up-to-date evaluation of wines.

The third edition of Spirits distilled is a comprehensive guide to all of the major spirits categories. Mark Ridgwell explains the principles of distillation and how to taste spirits as well as the history and legends behind both popular and less fashionable spirits. The new edition also features cocktails from expert mixologist Michael Butt.

This fully revised third edition of Cognac: The story of the world’s greatest brandy provides an authoritative account of how the much-loved spirit is produced and matured, including a directory of cognac producers and their products that has been updated to include 2015 production.

Richard Mayson’s Madeira: The islands and their wines is a unique guide to a unique wine. It considers the physical character of the archipelago, the vineyards and the way in which the wines are made. A guide to the current producers follows along with a detailed appraisal of their wines. There is also a chapter for collectors of older wines.

A textbook and practitioner’s guide, written by a leading Professor of Wine Business and a seasoned luxury wine marketing practitioner. It describes the history and best practices of marketing luxury wine, and includes case studies of wineries from around the world, as well as new, primary research into the market size of luxury wine.