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Post by DRT » 01:45 Mon 18 Jan 2010

The Commonsense of Wine
Author: André L. Simon
First Published: 1966
Edition: 1970
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-0715348116
Pages: 192
Comments: A series of questions and answers relating to the major wine-producing regions of the world. The book is written in the style of an interview and is very high level but provides a useful set of answers to the basics of what the wines of each region are all about.

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Convivial Dickens
Author: Edward W. Hewett & W.F. Axton
First Published: 1983
Edition: 1983
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-0821407011
Pages: 191
Comments: An amusing and interesting read for fans of Dickens' works. This book gives "an account of the drinks and drinking customs of our Victorian grandsires, keyed to the innumerable scenes of imbibing in the life, work and times of Charles Dickens".

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Drinking with Dickens
Author: Cedric Dickens
First Published: 1980
Edition: 1980
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-0950718408
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Comments: A fun read, recounting the drinking habits of one of the most famous lovers of Vintage Port in history. The book was written by Cedric Dickens, the great-grandson of Charles.

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Post by DRT » 01:49 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Every Man His Own Butler
Author: Cyrus Redding
First Published: 1839
Edition: 2009
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-1459071551
Pages: 87
Comments: This is a recreation of the original text of the original book, which gives advice to the early 19th century Gentleman on how he should manage his cellar, using Optical Character Recognition software. The software was apparently rubbish, resulting in the number of spelling and formating errors per page running to the dozens, making this a very impenetrable book. Shame.

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Facts About Port and Madeira
Author: Henry Vizetelly
First Published: 1880
Edition: 2009
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-1120619013
Pages: 211
Comments: This is an excellent book which gives a detailed account of the author's journey to the Douro, Oporto and Madeira where he visted a number of Qunitas and Lodges. This is a must-have book for any serious collection of books about port and is widely available as a facsimile re-print or in PDF format. I have both!

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Post by DRT » 01:50 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Gatherings from the Wine Lands
Author: Unknown
First Published: 1855
Edition: PDF
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Comments: Not yet read.

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Re: Books About Port and Wine

Post by DRT » 01:52 Mon 18 Jan 2010

History of the Wine Trade in England Volumes 1 to 3
Author: André L. Simon
First Published: 1906, 1907 and 1909. Re-printed in 1967.
Edition: PDF
Code/Source: http://www.million-books.com
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Comments: Published in three volumes in 1906, 1907 and 1909 this enormous work gives a detailed history of the wine trade throughout recorded history. I have managed to find PDF copies of volumes 1 and 2 but volume 3 has so far remained hidden. Copies of the originals and a reproduction from t1967 are available on Amazon but are very expensive. Perhaps best spending a few hours at a major library if you wish to read this.

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Re: Books About Port and Wine

Post by DRT » 01:54 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2004
Author: Hugh Johnson
First Published: 2003
Edition: 2003
Code/Source: ISBN: 1 84000 731 1
Pages: 288
Comments: I found this in my Christmas stocking in Dec 2003.

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In Vino Veritas
Author: André L. Simon
First Published: 1913
Edition: 1913
Code/Source: ASIN: B000YSWYF2
Pages: 202
Comments: Part of a series of educational books about wine produce by the author on behalf of The Wine Trade Club. Not yet read.

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Post by DRT » 01:56 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Let's Talk About Port
Author: Valente Perfeito
First Published: 1948
Edition: 1948
Code/Source: ASIN: B0007J7OX0
Pages: 100
Comments: A very brief browser through the pages shows that this will be a highly entertaining read.

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Post by DRT » 01:57 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Letters from the peninsula 1808-1812
Author: William Warre
First Published: 1999
Edition: 2009
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-1103050239
Pages: 312
Comments: A series of letters from Lieutenant-General Sir William Warre written principally to his mother and father during the Peninsular War, as complied by his nephew, the Reverand Edmond Warre in 1909. A fascinating first-hand account of a traumatic period in Portugal's history.

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Lusitanian Sketches Volumes 1 & 2
Author: William Kingston
First Published: 1845
Edition: PDF
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Comments: This is a fantastic old book for anyone familiar with Portugal, giving an account of the authors tours of the north of the country over a two year period. I managed to find PDF copies but have not yet traced an original.

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Post by DRT » 01:58 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Memoirs of the Marquis of Pombal
Author: Sébastiãno José de Carvalho e Mello de Pombal
First Published: 1843
Edition: 2001
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-1402179129
Pages: 343
Comments: Not yet read.

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Post by DRT » 01:59 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Oporto, Old and New
Author: Charles Sellers
First Published: 1899
Edition: 2009
Code/Source: ASIN: B002WUK75Y
Pages: 314
Comments: This is a fabulous old book which sets out the history of the British Shippers of the time in fine detail. I have a PDF copy and a facsimile copy of this book but have a need to acquire an original to add to my collection.

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Post by DRT » 02:01 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Oz Clark's Pocket Wine Book
Author: Oz Clark
First Published: 2009
Edition: 2009
Code/Source: ISBN: 978-1-862058-63-7
Pages: 352
Comments: I found this in my Christmas stocking in Dec 2009.

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Post by DRT » 02:02 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Pocket Vintage Wine Companion
Author: Michael Broadbent
First Published: 2007
Edition: 2007
Code/Source: ISBN: 978-1-862057-83-8
Pages: 408
Comments: A (large) pocket-sized version of Broadbent's classic "Vintage Wine". The pocket version has new tasting notes for recent vintages and also has many updates to the notes from the original book. The new book was published in 2007 and brings this excellent reference set up to date.

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Port
Author: William J. Todd
First Published: 1926
Edition: 1926
Code/Source: ASIN: B000XVDPTY
Pages: 95
Comments: A great little book that includes a fold-out chart measuring around 12 inches (30cm) square desrcribed as "A Diagrammatic Summary of Port Imports from 1678 to the Present Day" and headed "Curves of Port Imports Plotted for every Decade from 1678 to 192-".

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Port
Author: Rupert Croft Cooke
First Published: 1957
Edition: 1957
Code/Source: ASIN: B000O8HS12
Pages: 219
Comments: Mostly historical stuff but a nice chapter entitled "Port in the Kitchen" which includes a number of recipes

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Port - an Introduction to its History and Delights
Author: Wyndham Fletcher
First Published: 1978
Edition: 1978
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-0856670442
Pages: 124
Comments: This is one of my favourite books about port. Whilst now somewhat out-of-date, it is written by a man who obviously has a great passion for the subject and a wealth of experience built up over many years working in the industry. Well worth owning a copy for the vintage descriptions and listings alone but also a very enjoyable read.

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Port (Constable's Wine Library)
Author: André L. Simon
First Published: 1934
Edition: 1934
Code/Source: ASIN: B00236GRRY
Pages: 130
Comments: Part of a series of small handbooks covering the principle wine regions of France, Port, Madeira and Sherry. Nice to have if you find a cheap copy.

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Post by DRT » 02:07 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Port (Wines of the World Pocket Library)
Author: André L. Simon
First Published: 1949
Edition: 1951
Code/Source: ASIN: B0010QSP9G
Pages: 15
Comments: A cute little pocket book produced by The Wine and Food Society as part of their "Wines of the World" series. An interesting and entertaining 10 minute read and containing a grading of all vintages from 1847 to 1946 on the scale "0 = no good, 7 = the best".

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Port and the Douro
Author: Richard Mayson
First Published: 1999
Edition: 1999 & 2004
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-1840009439
Pages: 416
Comments: The modern day port lovers bible. If you have a copy of the original 1999 edition it is worth spending a few pounds to obtain the enlarged volume from 2004. This is the first book you should buy if you want to know about Port.

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Re: Books About Port and Wine

Post by DRT » 02:12 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Port to Port
Author: Lisa Linder & Susan Ward Davies
First Published: 1996
Edition: 1996
Code/Source: ISBN-13: 978-1900942003
Pages: 192
Comments: The dust jacket note from George Sandeman says "This book takes a fresh look at Port and the many different ways that its styles and tastes can be enjoyed; in combinations that are as rich as your imagination."

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Post by DRT » 02:13 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Port: from the vine to the glass
Author: Geoffrey Murat Tait
First Published: 1936
Edition: 1936
Code/Source: ASIN: B001PHBRUO
Pages: 174
Comments: This is partly historical but principally deals with the technical aspect of the port production process with a fair smattering of statistics and seven pages dedicated to the quality of port vintages from 1800 to 1934, each of which is rated on the scale: Very Bad, Bad, Ordinary, Fair, Very Fair, Good, Very Good or Very Fine Indeed. I am very pleased with this particular purchase.

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Post by DRT » 02:13 Mon 18 Jan 2010

Portugal and its Capabilities
Author: Joseph James Forrester
First Published: 1860
Edition: PDF
Code/Source: books.google.com
Pages: 297
Comments: Fourth Edition of Forresters "Prize Winning Essay" with additional content in the appendicies.

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