The Best White Wine on Earth

British by birth and German by choice, Stuart Pigott may be the most vocal riesling advocate who ever lived. And that’s saying a lot, as riesling tends to bring out the fanatic in people. In this book, he circumscribes the globe, detailing the grape in all its different habitats and describing in detail the most compelling producers in each place—both old-school and new. It’s by no means an encyclopedic source, but with Pigott as an excitable guide, it’s fun, thought-provoking and palate-whetting.

by Stuart Pigott (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; $25)

Reviewed in W&S Winter 2014.