WHITE WINE: The Comprehensive Guide to the 50 Essential Varieties & Styles by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen is a definitive compendium that explores the world’s most important white wines. With a foreword by Bob Mondavi Jr., this is the perfect resource to discover this delicious world of white wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sherry. Peppered with engaging facts and figures, each chapter surveys one grape or blend, featuring all-inclusive at-a-glance information that tells you what to expect in the glass, suggested food pairings, and hundreds of recommended wines, from cheerful bargains to worthy splurges.  Published by Countryman Press.

Renowned spirits writer, author, and historian Matt Pietrek has taken his passion and extensive knowledge of Caribbean rum to pen the 850-page encyclopedia Modern Caribbean Rum: A Contemporary Reference to the Region’s Essential Spirit. We highly recommend this book. A culmination of 38 chapters covering rum making, the rum industry, and detailed looks at over 75 Caribbean rum producers, Modern Caribbean Rum is now the only go-to resource of contemporary information on this widely popular alcohol spirit.

The book is broken down into four parts. Part one is an overview of rum, rum history, how rum is classified, and misconceptions surrounding the spirit. Part two is a deep dive into rum making, with information on source materials, fermentation, distillation, aging, blending, and flavor science. Part three focuses on the business of rum, including bulk and sourced rum, geographical indications and regulations, tariffs and subsidies, trade organizations, rum brands, and much more. Part four is a geographical exploration of twenty Caribbean rum-making regions, with in-depth profiles of over seventy rum distilleries and producers. Available from Wonk Press.

ONCE UPON A RIND IN HOLLYWOOD, 50 movie-themed Cheese Platters & Snack Boards for Film Fanatics, this unique cookbook has timeless snack recipes that are perfect for movie night or solo streaming. Who can resist such humorous offerings as “May the Fromage Be with You”, “The Big Lebleucheese” or “Pulp Stilton?” Published by Ulysses Press.

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