Top 10 drinks books for Christmas 2017

Volcanic Wines – John Szabo

The winner of this year’s André Simon drinks book award, Volcanic Wines – Salt, Grit and Power, comes from the pen of Canadian Master Sommelier and wine critic John Szabo, and is thought to be the first of its kind, focusing on wines made from grapes grown on volcanic soils.

As well as introducing the subject of how volcanoes are formed and providing a glossary of volcanic and geological terms, Szabo focuses on eight distinct geographic regions of the world, introducing specific wineries from each region.

The regions chosen are the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Chile, Macaronesia, Alsace and Germany, Italy, Santorini and Hungary.

Blending science, personal history and commercial considerations, Volcanic Wines covers topics ranging from geology to volcanism and the correlation between soil type and wine composition.

A wide range of photographs also highlights the dramatic visual appeal common to volcanic wine regions, while a collection of maps and wine labels take the reader further on a visual tour of these remote areas of the globe.

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