With all the attention on the internet and social media, it would be easy to assume that there is no future for wine books.
But I love books. I love reading. I won’t make the mistake of assuming that everyone out there is like me, but I feel (and hope) that there are many others out there who find staring at a screen too much like work, and reading a book quite relaxing. And that this means there is a future for good books.
I also think that different media are good for different kinds of communication. Blogs are great for 250 word posts. Magazine articles work well for 2000 word articles. But for more involved, complex ideas, only a book will do.
I hope that the recent rash of good wine books is evidence that this communication tool has life in it yet. Alice Feiring’s book on natural wine, Katherine Cole’s book on biodynamics, John Gladstones’ academic tome on terroir, and Sam and my book on authentic wine. And in the pipeline is the magnus opus on grape varieties from Jancis and Julia, plus Neal’s doorstop tome on Pomerol.
The future is bright: the future is bookish!