Drinking with the Valkyries, Writings on Wine - Andrew Jefford
  • Drinking with the Valkyries, Writings on Wine - Andrew Jefford

Drinking with the Valkyries, Writings on Wine - Andrew Jefford

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Discover "Drinking with the Valkyries" by Andrew Jefford, a fascinating collection of essays and articles celebrating the beauty and diversity of wine.

Andrew Jefford
English 🇬🇧
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"Drinking with the Valkyries, Writings on Wine" by Andrew Jefford is an essential read for all wine enthusiasts. Considered one of the most thoughtful wine writers, Jefford shares captivating insights from fifty years of discovery in this book. The book explores a philosophy of wine founded on astonishment and personal discovery, rather than hierarchy and mastery.

Andrew Jefford, poet, philosopher, author, radio presenter, and journalist, lives in France. He invites us on a deep and rich exploration of the world of wine, posing provocative questions and sharing fascinating anecdotes. This book is a celebration of wine's limitless differences, a must-read for those looking to understand and appreciate wine in a new and enriching way.

Author Presentation: Andrew Jefford is renowned for his deep reflection on wine. A poet, philosopher, author, radio presenter, and journalist, he lives in France. Jefford is acclaimed for his ability to transform wine appreciation into a unique philosophical and sensory experience.

Andrew Jefford is, in the words of winemaker Randall Grahm, ‘the most thoughtful person we have writing about wine’. Discover why in this selection from Jefford’s work, celebrating the limitless beauty of wine difference. This book anatomizes the pleasure that awaits every drinker while simultaneously furnishing a philosophy of wine – one founded on astonishment, and drawing on personal discovery rather than hierarchy and mastery. There is no other wine writing like this.

Poet, philosopher, author, radio presenter and journalist, Andrew lives in France; but buried deep in one wine country what does he miss most about the rest? The answer: ‘Drinking young port. It’s the wine drinker’s equivalent of zorbing, wing-walking, base-jumping ... you won’t fully understand it unless you have tasted it young, in its “Ride of the Valkyries” stage, when it comes hurtling out of the glass and puts the screamers on you...’

Andrew Jefford is the ideal companion for anyone wine-curious. In this collection of his essays, opinions and articles he shares his fascinating observations from half a century of discovery. For Andrew, wine should be listened to and admired, wherever it comes from; old-school pretentions turned on their head; style-points disdained; stellar prices dismissed; questions asked...

• Which is wine’s greater friend: the villainous Mistral or the blue Mediterranean?
• Chablis shivers (undoubtedly) but does it really taste of stone?
• Merlot: take a single grape like this and you can make wines ‘as soft as a trembling jellyfish’ or as ‘resolute as a guardsman’: how can this happen?
• Do the factors affecting wine flavour influence anything else in our lives? Like tea, cheese, lentils or roses? Or violins?
• Has wine been around longer than man?
• The tragedy of wine’s transactional destiny: is expensive wine really the best?
• Making wine strange again: should true wine lovers find astonishment in every new glass?
• A life’s work: wine is a representation of the world’s intricacy and beauty, but why choose it for a career?
• Lessons from the laureate: winemakers and novelists – as harnessers of emotional force, are they the same?

James Beard Foundation Book Award Nominee 2023

Shortlisted for the André Simon Drink Book Awards 2022

Best Wine Books 2022 – New York Times, Washington Post, Decanter Magazine, Forbes
Gourmand Awards Winner — Wine Writing 2023

’For years Andrew Jefford has been one of the English language’s most thoughtful writers and stylists on wine … original and provocative, though not at all a provocateur. … Mr. Jefford is a poet, and he’s far more interested in the poetry of wine — the transporting thoughts and dreamlike reveries it induces — than in the technical details … a pleasure to read.’
Eric Asimov, New York Times

‘Jefford’s essays are like that glass of wine at day’s end – restorative, uplifting and enlightening.’
Dave McIntyre, The Washington Post

‘The greatest living wine writer in my opinion … more than a writer, Jefford may well be the most profound wine thinker’
Karen MacNeil

‘I open Jefford’s books to skim through and find myself drawn in.’
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph

‘A tumble of short stories, it reveals the kaleidoscope landscape of a staggeringly beautiful, complex mind, reflecting a staggeringly beautiful, complex world.’
Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com

‘A new sort of literary gumption arrived on the scene with Andrew Jefford: a powerful blend of science and poetry.’
Hugh Johnson

‘It’s not wine writing. It’s writing.’
Jay McInerney

‘Jefford is that rare thing in the wine world, a genuine intellectual. … There are more ideas in each of these short essays than in most books.’
Henry Jeffreys, The Critic


  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 978-1-913141-32-5
  • Publication Date: 07-07-2022
  • Pages: 224



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Andrew Jefford
English 🇬🇧
Academy of the Wine Library
Number of pages
18 x 28 cm
Date of publication

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