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James Beard Foundation - Wine & Spirits Book Awards

Established in 1990, The James Beard Foundation Awards are the premier honors for fine food and beverage professionals in North America. Each year, more than sixty awards are given to chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, journalists, broadcasters and restaurant designers. Award nominees and winners are selected by secret ballot by their industry peers. More than 500 food and beverage professionals vote. Each judge is assigned to vote in one or more award categories, based on his or her areas of expertise.

One of the categories is for the best book in the wine and spirits category. We've collected all of these awards (and the finalists) for wine and spirits books for this prize category into two lists. Please note that, in the following lists, any book title preceded by *** means that it is currently out of print. However, often Amazon or Powell's will have listings for used books and it may still be available.

Year   Winning Book Title and Author
2004 Wines of South America by Monty Waldin Powell's Amazon
Plus: The following book won the Single Subject category: The All American Cheese and Wine Book by Laura Werlin, Andy Ryan Powell's Amazon
2003 Vintage Wine: Fifty Years of Tasting Three Centuries of Wine by Michael Broadbent Powell's Amazon
2002 Wine by Andre Dominé Powell's Amazon
2001 American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine by Paul Lukacs Powell's Amazon
2000 Terroir by James E. Wilson Powell's Amazon
1999 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification by Dewey Markham Jr. Powell's Amazon
1998 Côte D'Or: A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy by Clive Coates, M.W. Powell's Amazon

1997 A Wine and Food Guide to the Loire by Jacqueline Friedrich Powell's Amazon
1996 Wine Spectator's California Wine by James Laube Powell's Amazon
1995 The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson Powell's Amazon
1994 Wine Atlas of California by James Halliday Powell's Amazon
1993 The Vintner's Art: How Great Wines Are Made by Hugh Johnson and James Halliday Powell's Amazon
1992 Oz Clarke's New Classic Wines by Oz Clarke Powell's Amazon
1991 Wine Atlas of Italy: A Traveler's Guide to the Vineyards by Burton Anderson Powell's Amazon
1990 Vintage: The Story of Wine by Hugh Johnson Powell's Amazon
1989 ***Champagne: The History and Character of the World's Most Celebrated Wine by Serena Sutcliffe Powell's Amazon
1988 Wines of the Rhone Valley by Robert M. Parker, Jr. Powell's Amazon
1987 Vines, Grapes & Wines: The Wine Drinker's Guide to Grape Varieties by Jancis Robinson Powell's Amazon


In addition to the winners, the Beard Foundation also lists the finalists which we have included in the following table.

Year  Finalist Book Title and Author
2004 Zinfandel: A History of a Grape and Its Wine by Charles L. Sullivan   Amazon
The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food by Garrett Oliver   Amazon
2003 Great Tastes Made Simple by Andrea Immer   Amazon
Oz Clarke's New Wine Atlas by Oz Clarke   Amazon
2002 Italian Wine For Dummies by Mary Ewing Mulligan and Ed McCarthy   Amazon
Red and White: Wine Made Simple by Max Allen   Amazon
2001 Great Wine Made Simple by Andrea Immer   Amazon
The Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America by Bruce Cass and Jancis Robinson   Amazon
2000 Champagne For Dummies by Ed McCarthy   Amazon
Christie's World Encyclopedia Of Champagne & Sparkling Wine by Tom Stevenson   Amazon
1999 Clarke & Spurrier's Fine Wine Guide by Oz Clarke and Steven Spurrier   Amazon
*** Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century by Paul Harrington and Laura Moorhead   Amazon
1998 WINE WITH FOOD by Joanna Simon    
New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson Powell's  
1997 *** Rhone Renaissance: The Finest Rhone and Rhone Style Wines from France and the New World by Remington Norman   Amazon
EXPLORING WINE: CIA COMPLETE GUIDE TO WINES by Stephen Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, Michael Weiss    
1996 Wine For Dummies by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan   Amazon
*** Romanee-Conti: The World's Most Fabled Wine by Richard Olney   Amazon
1995 World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson   Amazon
The Heartbreak Grape: A California Winemaker's Search for the Perfect Pinot Noir by Marq de Villiers Powell's  
1994 Great Domaines of Burgundy: A Guide to the Finest Wine Producers of the Cote D'or by Remington Norman Powell's  
1993 ***The Wine Atlas of Spain by Hubrecht Duijker   Amazon
RIESLING by Stuart Pigott    
1992 Bordeaux: A Comprehensive Guide to the Wines Produced from 1961 to 1997 by Robert Parker, Jr. Powell's  
***Hugh Johnson's Modern Encyclopedia of Wine by Hugh Johnson   Amazon
1991 MAKING SENSE OF BURGUNDY by Matt Kramer    
THE WINES OF GREECE by Miles Lambert-Gocs    





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