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Your not so fancy-pants guide to wine. The ultimate book for winos who don’t take themselves too seriously, but do seriously love their wine.

Everything Happens for a Riesling is the wine book that says boo to acting like a snob. It's your ultimate guide to hacking the world of vino. Grace De Morgan is here to help you get more of the wine experiences you want, minus the pretentiousness.

This is a toolkit, not a textbook – a cheat sheet for all the vino-related questions you didn’t realise you had. I mean, where do you store wine if you don’t have a cellar? Who (or what) is Gewurztraminer? Are decanters a thing?

Whether you can’t tell your rose from your Riesling or are busy studying to be a Master Sommelier, Everything Happens for a Riesling has got something to make you go 'Mmm, more please.'


Unpretentious and fun, Grace De Morgan’s wine guide, Everything Happens for a Riesling, walks the tightrope between hilarity and actually being pretty darn useful. Rather than make you feel rubbish about your tastes and knowledge (or lack of), this book will find and release your inner wine lover. She runs through the history of wine, Aussie and Kiwi regions to watch and how to discover more wine you like. The author has used the expertise of “wine whisperers”, including renowned Australian sommeliers, winemakers such as Michael Ng, from Georgraphe’s Ironcloud Wines, wine retailers, and some comedic buddies. Uncomplicated advice on choosing a wine at a bar, restaurant and bottle shop is sure to come in handy. Plus, if you have trouble remembering wine characteristics, handily De Morgan has given them personalities (cabernet franc is the Idris Elba of the wine world — rich, attractive and little bit cheeky). If you want to learn more about wine but have as much fun as drinking it, this is for you.

Angie Tomlinson, The West Australian

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    October 29, 2018

    Vintage Australia

    216 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    October 29, 2018

    Random House Australia

    240 pages

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