Gourmand Group Short-Lists Best 2015 Wine Books


The results were sweeter than honey.
Earlier this year the global food and wine organization Gourmand International announced the winners of its 2015 country-by-country cookbook awards, in which the group awarded 19 winners in the United States as well as hundreds more winners in more than 50 countries around the world. 
Winners from the United States will compete for top international honors at the organization's
World Cookbook Awards this June in China.
Among the winners from the United States was “The Celebrated Story of Honey Wine,” a tome which won for best book in the “Wine History” category.
“It's exciting to win the Gourmand award,” said Ayele Solomon, owner of the company who published the book. “It's an honor to be among the company of previous books who won this award.”
Gourmand International named Stewart, Tabori & Chang's “Best White Wine on Earth – The Riesling Book” the “Wine Book of the Year”.
According to the book's website, the volume focuses on oenophile Stuart Pigott's journey around the world to talk with Riesling enthusiasts.
“In this vibrant, one-of-a-kind guide to one of the most sought-after white wines today, wine authority, author and Riesling enthusiast Stuart Pigott shares his personal stories of the world of top winemakers, sommeliers and restaurateurs who are as devoted to Riesling as he is.”
Assouline's “Krug by Krug Lovers” won the award for best book about French wine. The book is a collection of “musings from famous Champagne drinkers set amid archival images from the house of Krug,” a review by Luxury Daily said. 
Ten Speed Press' “Sherry: A Modern Guide to The Wine World's Best Kept Secret” won the “European Wine” category. Author Talia Baiocchi's book gained recognition in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times for its unique subject matter – a wine once forgotten but now becoming popular as a mixer.
“Sherry is a complicated, fascinating subject, impossible to summarize in a few words,” Los Angeles Times reporter S. Irene Virbila wrote in a review about the book this past October. “Long forgotten by wine lovers, Sherry is now on its way back.”
The University of California Press' “Wines of South America” won the U.S. competition's “New World Wine” category, while Miranda Press' “Call of the Vine: Exploring 10 Famous Vineyards of Napa and Sonoma” won the U.S. Award for best “Women and Wine” book.

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