Monographs and Vintage Card

The Society publishes a series of Monographs by distinguished authors which are available to be purchased online.   You can also purchase copies of our Annual Vintage Card, which is thoroughly reviewed each year by members of our Wines Committee.

All prices are in GBP and inclusive of UK postage.  Please select the overseas postal supplement for orders that are to be sent overseas.  If ordering back numbers, please email to indicate which issue(s) you require.

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+ Annual Vintage Card 2019/20 pack of 12

The Society publishes a non-members edition of this card for purchase. It is a very useful token gift for friends, family and colleagues and it is just the right size to include with a card or letter.   

Larger pack sizes are available at the bottom of this page.

- "Spices of the World" by Jill Norman 2019

Latest monograph out now.......

“Spices of the World” is the latest in the IWFS series of monographs.  It gives a specialist’s insight into this tasty topic for those who love to cook.  Being pocket-sized, 74 pages, the monograph can be easily stored, close to hand, in the kitchen ready to refer to when looking for that missing ingredient to give added depth of flavour to a dish. 

 Spices expert, and author, Jill Norman provides the reader with an A-Z of some 42 spices – both the popular and those less well known.  She recommends uses for them such as sprinkling AKUDJURA on salads or steamed vegetables, or using GRAINS OF PARADISE, as an alternative to pepper, to add complexity to dishes.  

In addition there are useful notes on when to add the spice to a dish, depending on whether flavour or aroma is more important.  The next chapter provides a summary of popular spice mixtures and their key ingredients, so the reader can be creative and blend their own mixture of CHINESE FIVE-SPICE POWDER, RAS AL HANOUT, ZA’ATAR and more. 

It also touches briefly on the history of spices, their use in medicine, embalming, cosmetics, and some more unusual uses such as paying the rent!  Today it is mainly for their flavour and aromatic qualities  that  they are sought after.

 The book finishes with useful suggestions about wines which work  well with spicy dishes.  A list of online spice merchants (for stocking up from home), will help readers with a copy of Spices of the World  to cook up some delicious dishes.


51 " The Essential Guide to English Wine" by Susie Barrie MW and Peter Richards MW 2018

Focussing on the exciting and dynamic English wine scene, by award winning writers Susie Barrie MW and Peter Richards MW.  

As Susie and Peter conclude their introduction….“What you have in your hands is a snapshot of a fast-moving young industry. As a result, we have tried to retain a sense of the broader perspective as well as the fine detail. Our aim is to pique your curiosity, bring key information to your attention and invite you to explore. Above all we encourage you, as the late Geoff Bowen of Pebblebed Vineyards put it, “To drink the view”. It is a most magnificent vista.”

A handy, almost pocket-sized monograph, paperback, 72 pages covering Setting the Scene, Key Producers (A-Z of 38 leading wineries), Other Notable Producers plus an Experience English Wine section providing details of the latest winery experiences, tours and much more.

52 Sonoma County a guide to its regions, wines and foods" by Tina Caputo 2017
53 Around the World with Olive Oil, A look at quality, styles and flavour characteristics, by Judy Ridgway 2016
54 Taming of the Screwcap, its origins, evolution and future, Dr Jamie Goode 2015
55 "Reflections through a Wine Glass, some contemporary issues explored" by Bob Campbell MW 2014

This monograph comprises eight short essays on a variety of wine topics – designed to be a light read that can be dipped in and out of in a busy schedule.  One major change is that this edition is in full colour to hopefully entice more people to open up and read.  Bob has chosen modern issues that he has encountered during his esteemed career and through his own personal enjoyment of wine - providing, we trust, an interesting, entertaining and informed insight into each.  

Readers are taken stage by stage from the vine to the glass, what makes a good wine, looking at other ways to enhance the enjoyment of wine and finally ways to develop the interest further covering topics such as the dilemmas you face when keeping a cellar, experiences of being a wine judge and then embarking on the Master of Wine course….

This is the 15th in the series and was the first to be published in full colour.

56 "An Appreciation of the Age of Wine” by Sid Cross 2012

The IWFS published, in September 2012, its 14th Monograph entitled “An Appreciation of the Age of Wine”, authored by Sid Cross of our Vancouver Branch, current IWFS Honorary President and past Chairman of your Wines Committee (which is responsible for the Vintage Chart and Membership card).  In this treatise Sid takes us on an incredible journey of exceptional wine tasting experiences over the period 1970 to 1990 which the vast majority of us can only dream of.  Many of the wines described are legendary and Sid’s thoughts reflect the true beauty of a wine that has been allowed to gracefully age.
Sid’s experiences are complimented by articles by John Salvi M.W. who deals with the technical aspects of aging wine and by Clive Coates M.W. who provides his views on how fine wines have changed since 1980. The Preface was written by Michael Broadbent M.W. past President of our Society after reading this monograph and who you will find was one of Sid’s tasting partners on a number of occasions.

Stephen Spurrier, the well known wine expert writes: "An Appreciation of the Age of Wine, issued by the International Wine & Food Society in September 2012, with contributions by four authors, is a delightful and valuable contribution to wine literature from all points of view, not the least being its dedication in memory of John Avery, one of the greats of the wine trade and much missed by all of us
Michael Broadbent opens up with a “fatherly” preface, leading us into the excellent technical piece on red wine making by John Salvi, who has seen everything in his now six decades in and around Bordeaux, who concludes that “making great wine that can age with grace and beauty is an art, and drinking it one of the great pleasures of civilized society”.  This truism must not get lost, however much wine has changed once it entered the “modern” period in 1982.  Clive Coates covers these changes, not all of which he favours, fearing that “today’s wines will not last as successfully as the wines I was brought up on.”  Only time will tell.  Then, across 45 closely noted pages, Sid Cross recalls the famous tastings he attended over the past forty years.  He must be the best-introduced and most-travelled member the IW&FS has in its world-wide following.  I have been in the wine trade since 1964 and have seldom been to such prestigious events and to have them so well-recorded here is rather like, for me, looking through old copies of Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, and remarking how so much more beautiful the women were in those days, how so much more elegant the men.  Why can’t we be like that today?  We can’t, because we are in the present and they, like the events and the wines that Sid Cross describes so euphorically are in the past, a past that is well worth reading about.    
This Monograph and accompanying articles makes for a most enjoyable and educational reading experience.

Other Monographs published by the IWFS 
  • Biodynamics in Wine, Beverley Blanning MW (2010), No.13
  • Icewine, John Schreiner (2004), No.12

  • The Science of Taste, Ruth Binney (2003), No.11 

  • Truffles, Michael Raffael (2002), No.10 

  • Chianti Classico, Tom Maresca (2002), No.9 

  • Barolo, Stephen Hobley (2001), No.8

  • Traditional French Cheeses, Judy Ridgway (2001), No.7 

  • Chablis, Michael Edwards (2001), No.6

  • Growers’ Champagne, Philippe Boucheron (2000), No.5 

  • Tokaji, Ben Howkins (1999), No.4

  • Wine and Health, Paul Scholten, MD (1997), No.3

  • A Dissertation on Wine Waiters, Christopher Fielden (1996), No.2

  • Visiting Vineyards, David Wolfe (1996), No.1

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