Rising stars

Rising stars

The last few decades have seen some neglected wine regions experiencing a revival and new areas making a name for themselves; here are three wine regions that are definitely in the ascendant. Summers in southern Canada provide similar grape growing conditions to much of France, whilst harsh winters allow growers to make Canada’s famed Icewine. In The wines of Canada Rod Phillips introduces us to this big undiscovered new wine country. Austria has long been a producer of wine and in recent decades it has seen a huge boom in quality. In The wines of Austria Stephen Brook takes a look at the producers and wines responsible for the country’s reputation change. Lastly, renowned Spanish wine expert Sarah Jane Evans MW looks at the thrilling variety of wines on offer from the Atlantic coast to the foothills of the Pyrenees. The wines of northern Spain presents the most innovative producers of quality wine from Galicia, Cantabria, Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Rioja, Navarra and Aragón.

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The wines of Austria

Austrian wine has experienced a truly sensational quality boom in the last twenty years and is widely regarded as a phenomenon in the wine world. Austrian wine is found on every good wine list and is widely appreciated by a growing band of ardent consumers. In this thorough and engaging book, the product of visits spanning almost forty years, award-winning wine writer Stephen Brook takes a tour around Austria’s wine regions and samples wines from nearly 300 producers in a quest to discover just what it is that makes this country’s wines so special.

Austria has a long tradition of wine making. Vines have been cultivated in the same regions for thousands of years. With an ideal geological and climatic environment Austrian vines thrive in the essential conditions for authentic, distinctive wines packed with character and personality.

Austrian estates have recognized the importance of combining traditional viticulture with modern vinification processes to create wines of the highest quality. The sheer diversity of the country’s wine culture has also played an essential part in the re-emergence of Austrian wine, from lively and light-bodied or monumental and opulent white wines, to charming, fruity and full-bodied reds with long cellaring potential, and enticing and elegant sweet wines that are among the world’s best.

After an introduction charting the history of Austrian wine making and the regulations regarding its production Brook details the grape varieties used, before embarking on his journey round the regions. Each chapter starts with a guide to the viticultural history and topography of the region and the defining characteristics of its wines. Prominent wineries are discussed, notable features of their history and wine-making methods detailed, and typical wines assessed. The book ends with a chapter on vintages, with notes on prominent wine-producing years from the last half century and detailed analysis of vintages from the last decade.

From armchair wine-buffs to those studying Austrian wine, The Wines of Austria is an invaluable resource for anybody interested in this wine-producing gem.

The wines of Canada book cover The wines of Canada

Wine has been made commercially in Canada since the mid-1800s but Canadian wine has begun to register with professionals and consumers in the wider wine world only in the last five to ten years, as quality has dramatically improved. Canadian wine is now being exported in meaningful volumes to the U.S., Asia and Europe. Since the beginning of this century the number of wineries has increased many-fold (the great majority are less than 15-years old), wine regions have been demarcated (and some divided into sub-appellations), wine laws have been adopted in three important wine-producing provinces (there is no national wine law), and indigenous and hybrid vines have largely been replaced by vitis vinifera varieties in the main wine regions.

Canadian wine expert Rod Phillips provides an overview of Canada’s wine regions, their climate, soil, and other geographic conditions, and the grape varieties they grow most successfully. The wines of Canada discusses the key producers of each region (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada), and the styles of wine most characteristic of their production, as well as analysing vintage variation and noteworthy viticultural and winemaking techniques, such as burying vines to protect them from winter temperatures in some regions. The wines of Canada concludes with useful practical appendices covering the distribution of grape varieties, annual production by region or province, wine consumption in Canada and vintage charts.

The wines of northern Spain

Over the last few decades Spain has become one of the most exciting wine-producing countries in the world. Indeed, such has been the growth in the number of producers that it is no longer possible to cover the whole country in one book. Although rightly famed for the wines of Rioja, the north of Spain has even more to offer the wine adventurer. Criss-crossed by rivers, its landscape ranges from the dramatic Pyrenees in the north-east to the low inlets of the Atlantic coast in the west. Growers – and consumers – can enjoy a diversity of terroirs and an exciting array of native varieties.

This long-overdue introduction to the wines of northern Spain explores the changes, starting in the west, where the wineries of Galicia – from Rías Baixas to Valdeorras – have multiplied, while Bierzo is building a reputation for aromatic, refreshing reds, and Castilla y León is home to a growing number of individual, top quality producers. Travelling east, the success of Ribera del Duero has attracted investors from outside the region, all eager to gain a share of the limelight, while Aragón is busy building an international reputation for its venerable bush vine Garnachas. Across the country, a new generation is joining established producers in a remarkable blossoming of fine wines.

Award-winning Spanish wine specialist Sarah Jane Evans MW brings the wine regions alive, with extensive producer profiles to reflect the birth of a new era for this country’s wines. Established and well-known estates mingle on the page with newer makers and small producers to provide a thoroughly up-to-date and indispensable reference.

For all wine enthusiasts keen to explore this region – whether in person or from a favourite armchair – The wines of northern Spain is essential reading.

The last few decades have seen some neglected wine regions experiencing a revival and new areas making a name for themselves; here are three wine regions that are definitely in the ascendant. Summers in southern Canada provide similar grape growing conditions to much of France, whilst harsh winters allow growers to make Canada’s famed Icewine. In The wines of Canada Rod Phillips introduces us to this big undiscovered new wine country. Austria has long been a producer of wine and in recent decades it has seen a huge boom in quality. In The wines of Austria Stephen Brook takes a look at the producers and wines responsible for the country’s reputation change. Lastly, renowned Spanish wine expert Sarah Jane Evans MW looks at the thrilling variety of wines on offer from the Atlantic coast to the foothills of the Pyrenees. The wines of northern Spain presents the most innovative producers of quality wine from Galicia, Cantabria, Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Rioja, Navarra and Aragón.

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Rod Phillips

Rod Phillips is a professor of history at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has written a number of books on European history, and, more recently, on the history of food and drink, with books including A Short History of Wine, Alcohol: A History (named a Book of the Year for 2014 on jancisrobinson.com), and French Wine: A History. General Editor of the forthcoming six-volume A Cultural History of Alcohol, he writes regularly for the wine media and also judges in wine competitions.

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Sarah Jane Evans MW

Sarah Jane Evans MW is an award-winning wine-writer, journalist and speaker at conferences worldwide, and is co-Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards. She became a Master of Wine in 2006, winning the Robert Mondavi Winery Award for the highest marks in the theory papers, and is a past Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine. She was the winner of the WSET Outstanding Alumni Award in 2017. To recognize her expertise in Spanish wines, she was made a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros de Vino in 2010; she is also a Dama de Albariño in Rías Baixas, a Dama de Solear (Manzanilla Sherry), and was awarded the Premio de Honra by DO Ribeiro.

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Stephen Brook

Stephen Brook is a distinguished author and award-winning wine journalist. After a career in publishing in the US and UK Stephen became a full-time writer in 1982. He has written and edited many books and anthologies on travel, and numerous books on wine, especially on the wines of Bordeaux and California. He contributes regularly to four international wine magazines, lectures on wine at Christie’s Education in London, and is in demand as a guest judge at wine competitions around the world.

The wines of Austria