April 23rd is a special date, especially in Catalonia. During this day, roses and books are the focus in the streets, stores, schools, social networks, etc. Moreover, since 1988, it coincides with the celebration of the International Book Day.
As Sant Jordi is approaching, from Jean Leon we cannot miss the opportunity to propose you some books that revolve around wine. So, if you are a wine lover, you cannot miss these readings, take advantage of this April 23 to give them to a special person or to make yourself a self-gift!
1. Qué vino con este pato – Ferran Centelles
This is a book on wine by Ferran Centelles, formerly a sommelier at elBulli and a real expert on the art of pairing. Available in Spanish, it’s full of personal stories from the more than eight years he spent at the world’s best restaurant, interspersed with more classic theories on pairing and enology.
2. Manuel de viticulture – Alain Reyner
This book by Alain Reynier, an agricultural engineer, enologist, and lecturer in the Faculty of Enology at Bordeaux, is essential for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the world of wine growing and enology. Available in French or Spanish, it’s a must-read for any enology and viticulture student wanting a comprehensive insight into the world of wine, from soils, to cultural practices, to vineyard treatments.
3. Taste Buds and Molecules – François Chartier
The book from François Chartier, who, according to Ferran Adrià “is the number one expert on flavors”. Not a bad claim to fame. This award-winning book explains new aromatic science to discover the unseen world of flavors in food and wine. It’s been a bestseller since 2009, with over 50,000 copies sold. One of the best books out today on wine, pairings, and gastronomy.
4. Wine Folly, The Essential Guide to Wine – Madeleine Puckette y Justin Hammack
A book by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack that’s ideal for those looking to get started in the world of wine. It goes on a real trip around the world, covering grape varieties and geographical areas with very visual graphics and illustrations. Some even consider it the visual bible of wines.
5. Wine Isn’t Rocket Science – Ophélie Neiman
Ophélie Neiman, wine writer for French newspaper Le Monde, has created an illustrated guide for learning the basics of wine: production methods, how to set up your own cellar, glass types, and how to order a wine in a restaurant. Straightforward, fun, and educational. What more could you ask for?
6. Reinas de Copas. Las grandes mujeres del vino – Zoltan Nagy
Zoltan Nagy’s first book is a biographical portrait of fifty women in the wine industry. In addition, the author has asked them to choose the wine that best represents them. Thus, the book includes fifty professionals and fifty wines “with a woman’s soul”. A sample of how every day there are more and more women winemakers who are making their way in a world of men and a good dose of freshness, youth, sensitivity and talent.
7. La fuerza de un destino – Martí Gironell
To end this compilation, we would like to talk about “La fuerza de un destino” by Martí Gironell, a novel that tells the story of Jean Leon, our winery’s founder. If you have not yet read it, we recommend it to find out even more about the origin of all our wines.