Wine Books

The life and times of Ray King

Ray King, aka the Silver Fox, was one of the wine industry’s most successful chief executives, who ran Mildara and then Mildara Blass for 20 years till 1999 when he retired as CEO. I greatly enjoyed reading his newly published autobiography King’s Run – A Maverick’s Tale of Football, Wine and Business (Sid Harta Publishers, $34.95, paperback, 480 pages).

‘The 24-Hour Wine Expert’ by Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson (pictured) is noted for her serious wine books, erudite books with great depth of information, such as The Oxford Companion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine and Wine Grapes. Now she’s produced what I suspect is her smallest book so far, The 24-Hour Wine Expert.

‘Sherry, A Modern Guide the World’s Best Kept Secret’ by Talia Baiocchi

Sherry – Spanish Sherry, that is – has a legion of loyal followers but has been out of fashion for quite a few years. So have all fortified wines. But there is something of a revival going on in wine-bars and savvy restaurants. In New York, the resurgence was kicked off by the sommeliers and the mixologists, aka bartenders.