If you have ever asked a sommelier for a recommendation, then you will love the updated version of the classic 1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die, to be published in August.
More than 250,000 copies of the book have been sold in 15 different languages, so it has a proven track record with many wine enthusiasts worldwide. This new updated issue features up-to-date evocative tasting notes, information on brand, grape variety, cost, availability and other successful vintages and wines from the featured producers.
It is lavishly illustrated and production values have not been spared. It is a hefty tome, weighing in at over four pounds and 960 pages, which gives it a satisfactory gravitas as well as demonstrating the depth of its content. All the great names are here as well as unknown but rising stars.
Wine journalist Neil Beckett has edited this revised edition and brings to the work a career stretching back many years in the wine media. The publication includes a preface by well-known wine personality Hugh Johnson, with almost 50 years of wine tasting behind him.
This is not wine for dummies but it is wine for those who love wine and want to go on a taste voyage, guided by those who have gone before, to expand their experience. The 1001 wines come from around 25 countries: the usual suspects – Spain, France, South Africa – are joined by left-field producers such as Canada and India. England rates one entry – Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs Brut 1992 in the Champagne/sparkling wine section.
Twenty-four contributors have produced the reviews in the Champagne/sparkling, white, red and fortified sections.
1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die can be for armchair wine enthusiasts who derive pleasure from reading about exotic and interesting wines and for this purpose it will be a great addition to your bookshelf.
It can also serve as a blueprint for a great wine adventure: a personal challenge to enjoy each wine or vineyard before you, in fact, die. It’s a blueprint to broaden the reader’s knowledge and experience of wine, a plan for a journey anyone who enjoys wine can take.

1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die Ed. Neil Beckett
To be published 1st August, 2011
Cassell Illustrated
ISBN 987 -1-84403-703-2
RRP £20.00


ukvine.com has obtained a copy of 1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die which we will be giving away as a competition prize at the end of May. Watch this space.