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5 books for wine lovers

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Because World Book Day is just around the corner, here we suggest you celebrate it by pairing a good reading with a glass of your favourite Marques de Casa Concha.

1. The South America Wine Guide, by Amanda Barnes

A read to delve deeper into South America, the oldest New World continent in wine production, is this unmissable guide by English author Amanda Barnes. Who offers “probably the most complete, detailed, evocative and up-to-date guide you can find on South America and its wines,” says MW Peter Richards. These are 70 wine regions, producers and wines from Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and, of course, Chile. Where Concha y Toro and some of its wines appear highlighted, in addition to the regions like Limarí or Maipo where wines such as Marques Marques de Casa Concha Limarí and Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon come from, presenting itself as an excellent document to learn more about your favourite wines from Marques de Casa Concha.

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2. El misterio de Vega Sicilia (2023), by Alfonso Armada

The journalist, writer, playwright and poet, Alfonso Armada, set out to decipher the mystery of the legendary Vega Sicilia wineries, considered one of the most prestigious vineyards in the world and Spain. Thus, through conversations and interviews with the figures that make up the history of this winery located on the banks of the Duero River, in the heart of Castilla, Armada takes the reader on a unique journey collecting testimonies from all those who are part of this legendary company: from the owners to the winemakers, coopers, viticulturists and bottlers, and whose million and a half bottles annually they produce have an enormous waiting list in 140 countries. The book is a kind of tribute to all the workers of Vega Sicilia, and is complemented by the beautiful photographs of Luis de las Alas. A valuable document to learn how this winery associated with legend, tradition, quality and exclusivity was created, which will undoubtedly become a collector’s item.

3. Vinos Libres (2022), by Jordi Luque

The food and drink journalist, and co-founder of Beber Magazine, Jordi Luque, is the author of this book that covers the work of various artisanal winegrowers in Spain. But by artisan it does not refer to small handmade productions, but rather to producers of wines “made to tell something, who want to reflect the personality of the person who makes them, who aim to go beyond I like it or I don’t like it. Although I am very much in favour of people drinking just to enjoy themselves, which is no small thing,” Luque said in an interview in his own magazine. With familiar language and far from technicalities, the book focuses on ten stories of people who make wine, offering points of view on topics related to, for example, appellations of origin, or the positive impact of agricultural activity in remote towns. Plus, he recommends 50 wines. It also has beautiful photos taken by the famous Spanish portraitist Xavier Torres-Bachetta.

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4. New British Wine (2023), by Abbie Moulton

“British wine” was once an abbreviation associated with wines made from concentrated grape must (of low quality), bottled in the United Kingdom. But not now. Today a new breed of wine producers who go beyond their sparkling wines, offering a dynamic scene of red, rosé and even orange wines, are part of what this term encompasses. And that’s the story told in this book by Abbie Moulton, a wine and whiskey broadcaster and presenter, who celebrates the people who grow, produce and champion the best of new British wine. Additionally, it includes photographs by Maria Bell, with an extensive career in food and wine photography in the UK. A perfect book for curious drinkers who are always looking for new things.

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5. La carta de vinos, por favor, by Jules Gaubert-Turpin and Adrien Grant Smith Bianchi

Abundantly illustrated with maps of international wines, this book is a kind of world atlas of viticulture that ranges from traditional countries to the latest entrants to the scene, talking about the past and present. What is interesting is how dynamic the book is, which is supported by 92 maps of all the wine-growing regions and appellations of origin, providing fascinating data on 56 countries, each territory, planted hectares, annual production, white and red varieties, among others. Ideal for expert drinkers looking to go deeper, but also beginners who want to learn.

More information at @la.carte.des.vins.svp



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