Features

Here are The 10 Books Sommeliers of London Love To Read

If there's anyone who knows a perfect wine book for wine enthusiasts, it's a sommelier; after all, they've spent years honing their craft.

So we asked a talented group of sommeliers and wine experts in London to tell us about their favourite books they enjoy reading. Here’s what they said. 

Elton Muço, Sommelier at 67 Pall Mall

- Favourite Book: The Road By Cormac McCarthy.

Elton Muço Favourite Book - "The Road By Cormac McCarthy"

Image: Elton Muço, The Road By Cormac McCarthy

- Elton: This book talks about a man and his young son walking toward the coast across a desolate wilderness and will get you thinking about the paths that may lead us to such a future—and what comes next when we get there.

Nicola Perrone, Head Sommelier at Zuma, Hong Kong

- Favourite Book: Inside Burgundy By Jasper Morris.

Nicola Perrone Favourite Book - "Inside Burgundy By Jasper Morris"

Image: Nicola Perrone, Inside Burgundy By Jasper Morris

Vitor Silva, Head Sommelier at Le Comptoir Robuchon

- Favourite Book: Lord of the Rings.

Vitor Silva Favourite Book - "The Lord of the Rings"

Image: Vitor Silva, Lord of the Rings

Lukas Merta, Assistant Head Sommelier at the Grill in Connaught hotel

- Favourite book: Wine books by Jamie Goode.

Lukas Merta Favourite Book - "Wine Books"

Image: Lukas Merta, Wine books by Jamie Goode

- Lukas: Every book has the potential to give you new knowledge and a unique view. Thus it would be impossible to highlight one book. Wine books by Jamie Goode are by far the most favourite of mine, mainly cause of the information and how it is "served". But many writers, more or less famous, gave me great information and ways to look at wine. The one I am excited to read when on holiday is Perfect Meal: Multisensory science of food and dining by Charles Spence & Betina Piqueras-Fiszman. Charles Spence (MA, PhD) is an amazing and well-respected personality of food and drink science. 

Philipp Reinstaller, Head Sommelier at Trivet

- Favourite Book: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

Philipp Reinstaller Favourite Book - "The Old Man and the Sea

Image: Philipp Reinstaller, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Lewis Allport, Sommelier at Dolan Hotel Group

- Favourite Book: 1984- George Orwell.

Lewis Allport Favourite Book - "1984 George Orwell"

Image: Lewis Allport, 1984- George Orwell

Lucas Reynaud-Paligot, Sommelier at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught Hotel

- Favourite Book: At the moment, Jasper Morris's "Inside Burgundy".

Lucas Teynaud-Paligot Favourite Book - "Inside Burgundy"

Image: Lucas Reynaud-Paligot, Jasper Morris's "Inside Burgundy"

Aurel Istrate, Cellar Master at The Connaught

- Favourite Book: Cell by Stephen King.

Aurel Istrate Favourite Book - "Cell"

Image: Aurel Istrate, Cell by Stephen King

- Aurel: One of the good things about this book is that it hooks you right from the beginning. I would probably say that it has arguably the fastest pace of any of Stephen King's novels.

Giordano Ghiraldotti, Assistant Restaurant Manager & Head Sommelier at The Hop and Vine

- Favourite Book: Pillars of the earth by Ken Follet.

Giordano Ghiraldotti Favourite Book -  "Pillars of the Earth"

Image: Giordano Ghiraldotti, Pillars of the earth by Ken Follet

Federica Zanghirella, Vice President at The UK Sommelier Association

- Favourite Book: Understanding Wine Technology by David Bird.

Federica Zanghirella favourite Book - "Understanding Wine Technology

Image: Federica Zanghirella, Understanding Wine Technology by David Bird

- Federica: It is the book we use for the course. David also is one of the teachers and a good friend. But it's also the book I used for my exams 12 years ago, and I have an emotional attachment to it. I love the fact that it is very technical but also entertaining. 

You can learn a lot more about wines by reading a variety of wine-related publications. There is a wine book for everyone, whether you prefer white or red wine or are an expert or a novice. Even the calories in white wine might be something you discover. Grab and read your favourite book today and enjoy reading with a glass of wine. 

Popular on London Drinks Guide

Related Blogs