I used to read a lot. I still read quite a bit but not as much as I used to or should. I’ve read pretty thick books that involved plenty of pages, almost into the four digits. From what I can remember, this one, consisting of just over 100 pages, took me longer to read than any other book I have read for a number of reason but let me explain the two main ones.
Firstly, the subject. This was always going to attract my attention. It’s about wine grapes! I have been introduced to a number of ‘alternative’ varieties grown and bottled in Australia and, if I see a variety I’ve not seen before, I buy it. This book is only going to feed that curiosity and has provided a legitimate excuse to open my wallet.
Secondly, I couldn’t help myself but research a number of the varieties in the book even more so, which included where I could get the wines mentioned. I didn’t realise just how many vineyards grow these varieties and how many producers are more than happy to bottle them. Have you heard of Arinto, Fernao Pires or Prieto Picudo? As a result of reading this book, I now have bottles of these varieties on the way.
I really appreciate being sent this book by the author Darby Higgs. It is truly a fascinating read for any wine geek (like me).