Wine Grapes book wins its 5th major award


“Wine Grapes”, the new reference book by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz, has won its fifth major award in three countries, less than a year after being launched.

It took out the inaugural Fortnum & Mason award for ‘best drink book’, announced on May 14. It’s also won the James Beard Foundation award for ‘best beverage book of 2012’; the André Simon award for ‘best drinks book of 2012’; the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards ‘best drinks book of 2012’; and Wine & Spirits Magazine ‘best drinks book of 2012’.

All these awards have been bestowed since November. A guide to 1,368 grape varieties, the hefty tome was published by Allen Lane last October and is distributed here by Penguin, cloth-bound in a slip-case.

Its RRP is $199 but Booktopia and Book Depository have it for $130 to $140; Amazon for $100. The e-book will be released on September 5.

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