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Wine Opus

A Press Release highlighting a new wine book: The Wine Opus. A mighty selecion of wine writers have contributed to the book including Sarah Ahmed on the Loire Valley, Tyler Colman on Beaujolais and the Loire Valley, Wink Lorch with the Jura and Savoie, Sarah Jane Evans MW who wrote the bits on Spain and David Furer with Benelux, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, and Georgia. There is also Alder Yarrow who covered Sonoma and Marin, oh and a little bit by me.

A new look at a new world of wine
from a new generation of wine writers
Do you want to drink good wine, but don’t know what to buy? Do you know what you like, but want to explore new horizons?

“The Wine Opus (published by DK, October 2010) harnesses the talent and opinions of a new generation of young wine writers to help you choose the best wines. Over 30 specialists have selected the 4,000 best wineries in the world and their trophy wines. Read their recommendations, from the Rhône to Rioja, from Napa to New Zealand, and from the Mosel to Mendoza in Argentina, and you will never buy bad wine again.

The Wine Opus is the most ambitious illustrated wine reference to be written in the last 20 years. It is contemporary, covering the emerging wine regions and rising star wineries as well as well-established wine countries and their producers. It is comprehensive, giving insightful overviews of every significant wine region in the world. It is accessible, with its 100-word profiles of the 4,000 recommended wineries and their wine styles. And it is elegant, with its contemporary page design, 45 colourful maps of wine regions to tour, and stunning photography of winery landscapes.

Many of the writers featured in The Wine Opus are young, with a taste for adventure that drives them to discover new wine-makers – and reject those whose standards have slipped. They are wine bloggers, book authors, newspaper and magazine journalists; others are television broadcasters, Masters of Wine, and a few are winemakers themselves. Each writer has an intimate knowledge on his or her region and has recently tasted all the wines they recommend.
Their criteria for including a winery in the book were:

Top Winery
• Makes wine of very high or outstanding quality
• Has a long track record for quality relative to its region
• Makes well-known collectible or special occasion wines
• Is a leader in its region in grape-growing and/or winemaking techniques
• Performs particularly well in a special wine category
Rising Star Winery
• Makes wine of very high or outstanding quality
• Shows potential to be tomorrow’s classic winery
• Has been innovative in choice of variety, grape-growing and/or winemaking techniques
• May have a great price/quality ratio
If you enjoy drinking good wine, The Wine Opus gives you the names you need to know and introduces you to the new world of wine.”

The Wine Opus is listed at £50 although Amazon have The Wine Opus at a £29.16.


  1. JongS says:

    very interesting, that’s something to look forward too! there’s definitely a lot to learn from that book.

  2. Pato Luis says:

    It is strange that the Port and Madeira Country is not refered. Of course Portugal as a long winemaking history , maybe before the romans ocupation, that allowed this small (it is not Spanish till now, even being Iberian) to KEEP its own identity , not using the COMODITY grapes usual in the New World

  3. I am sure both Port and Madeira will be covered… such important areas with, as you say, a long history. Not having seen a copy of the book yet I assume they will be in the chapter on Portugal as a whole.

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