Books

The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO 2008The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO 2009

Whitecap Books 2008
ISBN 1-55285-938-X
CA$19.95

This is the second annual guide to the 500 best-values in the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which is Ontario’s provincial alcohol distribution system). I tasted all the wines currently available in the General Purchase list and Vintages Essentials collection, and chose the 500 best in terms of their quality and price. In addition to the reviews (which are organized by country), the book offers guidance on food and wine pairing and on common questions related to buying, serving and storing wine.

The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO has been very successful.  Like the 2008 edition, it has been a best-seller in the “Wine Books” category in Indigo/Chapters (the biggest book store chain in Ontario) and ranked in the top three wine guides on Amazon.ca

The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO 2008The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO 2008

Whitecap Books 2007

ISBN 1-55285-866-9

CA$19.95


This is a guide to the 500 best-values in the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which is Ontario’s provincial alcohol distribution system.) With a co-author, I tasted all the wines currently available, and we chose the 500 best in terms of their quality and price. In addition to the reviews (which are organized by country), the book offers guidance on food and wine pairing and on common questions related to buying, serving and storing wine.


The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO has been very successful. Launched at the end of October 2007, it sold out by late December and a second printing is now available. It was the best-seller in the “Wine Books” category in Indigo/Chapters (the biggest book store chain in Ontario) and ranked in the top 100 sales of all books on Amazon.com


I will be writing the 2009 and following editions myself. The 2009 edition is due for publication in October 2008.


Ontario Wine CountryOntario Wine Country


Whitecap Books 2006

ISBN 1-55285-649-6

CA$29.95


Like wine regions around the world, Ontario has seen a rebirth of its wine industry since the 1990s. Vinifera varieties have replaced hybrids for most table wines, and the quality of wine has improved exponentially. The number of wineries has grown year by year, especially since 2000, and most Ontario wineries opened this century.


In Ontario Wine Country I survey Ontario’s main grape-growing regions (Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore, Pelee Island and Prince Edward County). I discuss their histories, geographical features, and the state of the wine industry in each. The bulk of the book looks at each winery in turn, its origins, character, and the wines it makes. I interviewed scores of winemakers, owners and other principals so as to give each winery personality and colour.


For Ontario Wine Country, I was given the Wine Journalism Award at the 2007 Ontario Wine Awards.


A Short History of WineA Short History of Wine


Penguin Books (UK) 2000

ISBN 0-713-99432-0

UK£20.00


HarperCollins (US) 2001

ISBN 0-06-621282-0

US$28.00


I’m a historian by training, so this book marries my profession and my passion. This is the first (and, so far, only) scholarly history of wine. It looks at wine in all its facets—as a commodity beverage, as a luxury item, as a drink associated with sex, fertility, health and religion. I cover the long history, from the first evidence of wine in the Middle East to the rise of the New World in the 1990s.


The book was widely reviewed and praised and has been translated into a number of foreign languages, including Portuguese, German, Dutch and Japanese.


At present, A Short History of Wine is out of print, although a few copies turn up on book web sites from time to time. (A good one is www.abebooks.com) It is expected to be back in print in late 2008.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2008 )