Back when I started Catavino, I realized that I better find some good information on the subject. Starting with Spanish wine, I did a quick search on Amazon to find what information was available. Unfortunately, what I found was several outdated books along with a few new releases. Type in “Wine” into Amazon and you’ll get ten million results, but type in “Spanish wine” or “Portuguese wine” and you’ll yield only a handful. “What’s up?”, I thought. I couldn’t imagine how this could be correct when Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world. However, upon a second glance one book caught my eye, it was a newly published book called “Let’s open a Bottle” by Brian Murdock, who it turned out not only lives in Madrid but just so happens to be working on a Spanish winepocket guide. Hence, I contacted Brian to get a copy of his book and the rest is history.
I originally intended to write an article about his book directly after finishing it, but with his new book soon to hit the shelves and my new podcasting adventures beginning, I figured it would be better to hear from Brian directly promoting both of his books at the same time.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with him a few times, and I have to say, I admire what he is doing. When I first read the books, my first thought was that they seemed a bit pedestrian and maybe not “geeky” enough. But then I thought about the fact that there isn’t any good information available on the subject in an easy to understand manner. So, with that in mind, I not only read the books again, but also had Gabriella read them as well. She loved their easy to understand vocabulary and attention to detail which influenced my second read as I viewed them through the eyes of someone just discovering the world of wine. Therefore, I recommend both of these books to you and hope you take time to check them out. If your planning on traveling to Spain to taste wine, or if your just browsing the shelves back home at your local wine shop and need a hand in picking a wine, I think these might be of some help.
Sit back, enjoy the interview and if you get a chance, pick up one of Brain’s books at Amazon to read this summer. Not only will you be supporting a new author, but also a small portion of your purchase will help to keep this site going!
Note: Currently the Pocket guide is not available on Amazon.co.uk If you wish to be notified about when it is available please leave us a comment and we’ll tell you when you can buy it.
Frappr Map Contest WINNER – James Lee of Folly Beach, SC
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