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A quickie – a round up of the latest books culled from various press releases interspersed with a couple of wine videos all wrapped up in this pithily titled Drink Things – Wine and Beer in Print and On Video post…

The World’s Shortest Wine Book – by Simon Woods

The World’s Shortest Wine Book: 21 ways to get more out of a bottle of wine

What do the Village People, Tom & Jerry and Sausages have to do with wine?

You’ll find out in my latest book, ‘The World’s Shortest Wine Book’, which is now available through the Amazon store at £2.49/$3.99.

Why another book about wine? Well, there are more than 100 wine books on the shelves in front of my desk, but rather too many of them fall into the ‘worthy’ category. They’re like textbooks, packed with info, but not exactly light reading. And they’re too heavy to read in bed.

Those books are all very well, but you’ve got to start with something a little more user-friendly, the sort of thing you can read on the toilet. ‘The World’s Shortest Wine Book’ is for those millions of people who just don’t know where to begin an exploration of the wonderful world of wine

It’s already getting 5-star reviews in the Kindle store – if you’re getting a Kindle for Christmas, or you’re giving one to someone else, it’s an ideal stocking-filler-size book. If you don’t have a Kindle, there are apps for iPad/iPhone/PC/Android and most other platforms.”

Buy on Amazon for Kindle – The World’s Shortest Wine Book: 21 Ways To Get More Out Of A Bottle Of Wine

Beer and Food: Bringing together the finest food and the best craft beers in the world

BEER AND FOOD: Bringing together the finest food and the best craft beers in the worldMark Dredge, who I haven’t seen for years, is well established as an expert in all things beer and is about to release his first book.

Whether you have cooked dinner and don’t know what beer to choose, or you’ve got a pale ale and can’t decide what dish is best to serve with it, Beer and Food has all the information you could possibly need. It looks at the science of taste and how the ingredients in a brewery work with ingredients in a kitchen, examining the principles of matching beer and food, and looking at the flavours they share.

Over the following pages, more than 35 beer styles are showcased, telling stories about the brews and picking perfect pairings for each, before delving into different cuisines and food types from around the world. Everything is covered, from sandwiches to curries to desserts and, of course, the best beers to enjoy with fast food. As well as the greatest pairings and suggestions of the best styles to try, there’s a recipe section with over 40 dishes using beer as an ingredient. With almost 350 beers featured in total, chosen from all over the globe, it’s a must-have book for everyone who loves a drink and a tasty bite to eat.

Mark Dredge is an award-winning beer writer and runs the popular blog Pencil and Spoon where he writes about anything ale-related. Mark has won the British Guild of Beer Writers New Media Writer of the Year award in 2009 and 2010, and in 2011 and 2013 was Beer and Food Writer of the Year.”

Pre-order on Amazon – Beer and Food

Video: Helen Lederer’s nightmare before Christmas dinner…

With all the family gathered around the table, you need good food, crackers, tinsel, gifts and a great wine. Actress and comedian Helen Lederer shares her take on her family Christmas experience, which is a bit of a nightmare at times.

NATURAL WINE: An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally

NATURAL WINE: An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally That Crazy French Woman, who I had a grand ol’ time with in Slovenia earlier this year, has also penned a book. Not surprisingly it is all about organic and biodynamic wines.

Isabelle Legeron MW, otherwise known as That Crazy French Woman, is leading the campaign for natural wine – wine made as nature intended. There is no official description of natural wine, but a rough definition is that it is made from grapes that are farmed organically or biodynamically and harvested manually, and that the wine should ideally be made without adding or removing anything during the vinification process. It is basically good old-fashioned grape juice fermented into wine, just as nature intended.

That Crazy French Woman is a crusader for the natural wine movement: she has her own show on the Travel Channel, organises a hugely successful annual natural wine festival (RAW) in London, and acts as adviser to several leading restaurants. Just as the craft beer movement has taken off across the globe, the demand for natural wine is growing and will continue to do so.

Isabelle Legeron was the first French woman to become a Master of Wine, and was named Wine Woman of the Year 2009 in Paris. She runs the highly successful RAW Natural Wine Festival in London’s Borough Market, and advises various restaurants on their wine lists, including the Michelin 2* Hibiscus. She contributes to Decanter magazine, and organizes conferences and tastings to promote natural wine.

Pre-order on Amazon – Natural Wine: An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally

Video: Winter wines for the festive season with World Champion Sommelier Gerard Basset

Winter’s upon us and it’s not only has our style of dress that has changed to accommodate the colder months but also the style of food we might indulge in and the wines we might enjoy.
Gerard Basset discusses the best wines to match with a creamy pasta dish, a spicy hot curry and of course, a Christmas roast.

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