As part of our leadership as the greatest wine library in the world, we are working to build the world’s greatest collection on wine writers. Wine writers have made a tremendous impact on both the wine industry and public appreciation of wine.
Wine writers are the storytellers who shine a light on the people and places in wine — moving beyond regions, types of wines and ratings to influence the very aesthetic and legacy of the industry. They offer unique insights into what made the wine industry what it is today. Not only does their writing help shape what wines consumers choose, it can influence which new technologies, techniques and trends take root in the winemaking world.
A look into our wine writer collections
Johnson was Decanter Man of the Year in 1995 and is the author of several books, including the ground-breaking World Atlas of Wine. He has been published in notable publications such as The New York Times, Gourmet, Vogue and The Sunday Times.
Robinson is founder of the award-winning JancisRobinson.com, wine correspondent for the Financial Times and currently advises the cellar of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The author of numerous books and editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, she has been called “the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world” by Decanter magazine.
Adams was considered to be the seminal wine historian in the United States in the 20th century by wine aficionados and the wine industry. He was a founder of the Wine Institute, the trade organization that represents California’s wine industry and is most widely known for his book, The Wines of America.
Brady was a wine writer, educator and wine judge at the Los Angeles County Fair wine competition. He wrote regularly for magazines such as Saveur, Gourmet, Wine Spectator and the Journal of the International Wine and Food Society.
Sullivan is a famed California wine historian who has chronicled the wine industry in the Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and Napa Valley. He received a Veuve Clicquot award in 2003 for best wine book, Zinfandel: A History of a Grape and its Wine.
Thompson is widely regarded as one of the preeminent writers on the topic of California and West Coast wines. He started his career as a sports writer, and transitioned to writing about wine in 1961 when he was hired by Sunset Books as an assistant editor. He has written several books on the California wine region including Notes on a California Cellarbook and The Wine Atlas of California and the Pacific Northwest, as well as The California Wine Book written in conjunction with Hugh Johnson. Thompson’s collection is the newest addition to the library’s collections on wine writers; once his materials are processed, we will link to further details about them.
How you can help
Help the UC Davis Library expand, preserve and enable discovery of wine writer collections for the benefit of wine scholars, consumers and the industry worldwide. If you are interested in supporting the library’s efforts to create the world’s greatest wine writer collection, please contact Jane Fortner, Assistant Director of Development, Library and Student Affairs at (530) 752-9842 or email@example.com.
A special thanks
Thank you to all who support these collections and a special thank you to legendary Napa winemaker, Warren Winiarski, who has made a generous gift to fund a new position, the Warren Winiarski Wine Writer Collection Fellow. The fellow will provide general oversight of the wine writers program, acting in an advisory capacity regarding acquisition and management of new wine writer collections, and conducting outreach within and beyond the University community to promote awareness and use of the collections.