The Oxford Companion to Wine is perhaps the greatest book on the topic in English. The title sounds serious. At six pounds, the book feels heavy, and many of its entries involve fine points of plant biology or winemaking practice. Weighty as it is in all respects, the newly issued fourth edition of the Oxford Companion is also engagingly written and filled with great personalities, from politicians such as Thomas Jefferson to biologists such as Louis Pasteur and producers like Louis Roederer, who created Cristal Champagne. As the book observes at one point, "One of the attractions of the wine trade is the people. It has long attracted a wide range of individualists who, if they were not interesting or amusing before they or their visitors have tasted their wares, seem so afterwards." Below are ten personalities who make their way into the Oxford Companion's pages.
Oxford Companion to Wine - fourth edition