Dr. Mike & Dr. Barrie

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As the summer days shorten and the temperature starts to drift southward, our thoughts turn bathing suits to sweaters, long morning swims to autumn trail walks, and to heavier red wines and more complex whites.When night starts coming at us quicker, it’s time to curl up in your favourite chair in front of the fire. The perfect accompaniment, of course, is a nice glass of wineand a new book, movie or television series. Not sure where to start? Wine-1-1 to the rescue! We’d like to offer our thoughts on some of the best wine-related books, shows and movies we’ve come across. These are notjust for those in the wine business, or those with wine credentials after their names. These suggestions can be enjoyed by all, in our humble opinions.

Non-Fiction Books

Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette. An info and resource book for buying, storing, drinking any and all wines.

Wine For Dummies by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan. Don’t get fooled by the title; this is a gem. It’s an excellent resource and general knowledge book. 

Cork Dork byBianca Bosker. This is the fascinating tale of a writer who knew nothing about wine, yetdecides to go through sommelier training.

Adventures On The Wine Route. Kermit Lynch’s classic wine buyer’s tour of the French wine regions.Wine andWarbyDon andPetie Kladstrup. This is the story of French wine regions and the Nazis in WWII.

The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo. A fascinating true tale of one of the world’s first women in business, founding the Champagne empire for Veuve Clicquot.

Shadows In The Vineyards by Max Potter. A true story of the plot to poison the vineyards of the world’s most expensive and elusive red wine (DRC).

Fiction Books

Crush. A Wine Thriller by Jennifer M. Fraser. Illicit affairs, seedy characters and illegal smuggling across the border set the scene for thrills and chills in Canada’s Okanagan wine region.

A Good Year by Peter Mayle. financier is drawn into southern France wine world. This was also turned into a must-watch movie with Russell Crowe.

Uncorking A Lie byNadine Nettmann. A great wine murder mystery.


SOMM, SOMM II (Into The Bottle), SOMM III. Engaging and addictive wine trilogy about the Master Sommelier exams and wineries and wine regions around the globe.

Blood Into Wine. A humorous story of how the lead singer of metal band Tool gets into growing wine in Arizona.

Red Obsession. China’s effect on the wine world.

Sour Grapes. Shocking and gripping tale about the world of wine fraud.


A Year In Burgundy/Champagne/Port. A movie trilogy about these famed wine regions.

Wine For The Confused. A light-hearted doc by John Cleese of Monty Python fame.

Oz and James’ Big Wine Adventure. A brilliant and funny BBC series with world wine writer Oz Clarke, where he tries to teach beer man James May about wine.

Sideways. The Pinot Noir movie that killed the worldwide Merlot trend (and coined the phrase “no f***ING Merlot!”)

Bottle Shock. A loose account of the real events surrounding the blind wine tasting in Paris in 1976 between California Cabs and Bordeaux’s big boys (“Judgement of Paris”) that shocked the wine world and ushered in the New World wine era. 

A Walk In The Clouds. A post-WWII wine romance with Keanu Reeves.

Wine Country. A humorous Netflix original by Amy Poehler.

Under The Tuscan Sun. A rom-com with Diane Lane set in Tuscany, based on Frances Mayes’ 1996 memoir of the same name.

If you take our advice and try a few and enjoy any of these books, movies or our wine suggestions, please drop us a line to let us know what you thought: Mb.wine.1.1@gmail.com

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