Any wine lover should have four or five books about wine in their library. Coffee table manuals you can always turn to in order to find the answers to those stumpers that have a habit of cropping up from time to time. Straightforward, useful books, full of knowledge and interesting facts. It’s not easy to choose just a few, since the range is very wide and there are endless examples, but we’re going to give it a try:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
To finish off, we’d like to add another title. It doesn’t exactly fall into the category of books on wine that we’ve chosen, but we think it also deserves a spot on the list nevertheless: La fuerza de un destino by Martí Gironell, a novel that tells the story of Jean Leon, our winery’s founder. Available in Spanish and Catalan, if you haven’t read it yet, we recommend it to find out even more about the origin of all our wines.