wine wednesday: 4 game changing wine books

game changing wine books

Knowledge is power. And becoming versed in wine didn’t happen just because I worked in restaurants. It happened because I was hungry for more and wanted to become educated from the best in the biz. Even if you’re not wanting a career in wine, these books are suuuper helpful for learning the basics and beyond. They’re full of easy to follow verbage, pictures, illustrations and even drunk tales.

And fear not “Wine Wednesday” fans, I will keep my own content coming, filming more wine videos coming to the blog soon!

So to hold you over, enjoy these reads with a glass or two of wine (duh) links for the books at the end of the post!


WINE. all the time. by Marissa A. Ross

This chick. Guys she’s one of my favorites to follow on the ‘gram because she keeps it more real than a 1st edition Harry Potter book. She’s hilarious, knows her shit and is the Wine Editor for Bon freakin’ Appetite! Also she’s not a sommelier proving that you don’t need to pass some old school fancy test to kick-ass. Her book is truly a “casual guide to confident drinking” and will have you laughing. I promise it’s her writing and not the wine.

The Wine Bible. by Karen MacNeil

A true bible. MacNeil’s book is the holy grail of wine information. It’s my go to source when I need to look up unfamiliar regions or varietals. I haven’t cracked through the entire volume yet, but the book is laid out in such an easy to follow format that it’s only a matter of time before I spend a day highlighting my way through. And then booking tickets to said wine regions.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

My first wine book! I was thrilled to open my package from Amazon and dive right in. Filled with amazing charts and illustrations that give the essentials on all the well known grape varietals. It touches on the wine making process, the basics of reading wine labels and how to serve each type of wine.

Rosé All Day. by Katherine Cole

I meannnnn. Of course rosé deserves its own book. And Katherine’s written one that not only looks good on your bar cart/ book shelf/ coffee table but that highlights everything rosé. And why drinking pink is the greatest! Also why deeper pink rosés shouldn’t scare you. Plus pictures of her favorite bottles and labels to help you shop!


Well there you have it folks. May I also mention that these books were written by W O M E N!!!! Hell yeah ladies (ok hi too Justin, you’re doing great things too!). But going into this I didn’t even realize my favorites were all from females. So pick up their books and promote these women in wine. Crushing real hard on them all.

Cheers!

Nat


wine wednesday: summer water

Summer is in full swing: the temperatures are high, tans are deeper, and everyone’s wine glass is full of rosé. Ok, so maybe not everyone, but there’s nothing like unwinding with a chilled glass of “summer water”. For the men out there who haven’t tried a glass, do yourself a favor and order one next time you’re brunching or at the bar. I promise ladies will notice in a good way (it’s classy and delicious).

FYI: rosé is made one of three ways!

  1. Maceration: the most common method where the red grape skins are left to ferment with the juice for a short period of time, only 2-20 hours. The skins are then removed and fermentation continues sans-skin to keep a light pink color.
  2. “Saignée” (san-yay): In French, saignée means “to bleed”. This method is less common, but a portion of a red-wine “bled off” early on in the process. This small reserve then continues its fermentation separately from the bigger batch of red wine. No red skin contact makes for its pink color.
  3. Blending: The least common method, this involves adding a touch of red wine to a white wine to create a pink hue. This is more common for the making of rosé champagnes.

For the seasoned rosé drinker, Whispering Angel is a staple that never fails. Now, there are plenty of wonderful other bottles to try that will satisfy the same want: refreshing, crisp, lean, a hint of red fruit. Check out my selections below and enjoy a new bottle this week!

Drink cool, stay classy.

  1. Pigmentum Malbec Rosé @ $9.00 (SW France)
  2. Los Dos Rosé @ $9.00 (NE Spain)
  3. Château les Crostes Rosé @ 20.00 (Cotes de Provence, France)
  4. Love Drunk Rosé @$19.00 (Oregon, USA)
  5. Hogwash Rosé @ $17.00 (N.California, USA)

What’s your favorite rosé? Always wanting to try a new bottle. Cheers!

wine wednesday: sweetbitter picks

Having just finished the book Sweetbitter, I thought it fitting to tie this week’s episode in with the novel.  Based on the narrator’s first time working in fine-dining, I related all to much to her story. From the “family” aspect a restaurant provides, to having one too many after your allotted shift drink, Danler struck a chord with my life. Not to mention her beautiful language describing all of the tastes, smells and words exchanged in a restaurant.

Here are my two recommendations:

DRY SHERRY: various approx $20 per bottle

Look for either fino or manzanilla sherry. Both styles are dry, crisp and have a nice saline quality. Perfect for before or after dinner. Serve chilled.

ROSE CREMENT: La Perle approx $26

A sparkling rose made from Pinot Noir grapes, this crement will always be one of my favorites, especially for its nostalgia…thank god I’ve moved on from being nostalgic about Busch Light (hi high school…well I’d still drink one for old times sake!) Serve chilled.

Has a book ever made you want a certain kind of drink or food? Let me know!!