Wine Book Recommendations by La Belle Vie’s Bill Summerville

With more than 16 years of restaurant experience, Bill Summerville has developed his own following; his attention to detail and taste in wines have been responsible for creating some of the best wine lists in the Twin Cities. One of La Belle Vie’s three owners, Bill is the restaurant’s managing director. With a residence mere blocks from the store, he can often be found strolling through our enormous cookbook selection.

Here are a few of Bill’s recommendations for all you budding oenophiles out there:

“Karen McNeil’s Wine Bible is hands down the best overall book on wine. And it’s written in a style that is so easy to read and understand.”

“Anything, and I mean anything, by Andrew Jefford – articles, blogs, everything – but I especially like The New France. He writes on a level that is not for the beginner, but that does not mean a beginner should not read it as it will spark more interest on the more complex topics.”

Champagne by Don & Petie Kladstrup. Great look at the history of the amazingly tenacious people of Champagne.”

What to Drink with What You Eat by Dornenburg and Page is a great book on pairing written in a manner that makes it easy to understand with lots of great examples from sommeliers and chefs.”

“Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Drink This: Wine Made Simple is great because she makes some very good points that other wine writers don’t approach.”