The Impossible Collection of Wine

Enrico Bernardo

Impossible Collection of Wine: 100 Most Exceptional Vintages of the Twentieth Century

In this stunning new addition to the Assouline Ultimate Collection, Enrico Bernardo, the world’s best sommelier, imagines the perfect cellar filled with the most exceptional wines of the twentieth century: The Impossible Collection of Wine. Weighing the virtues of rarity, terroir, taste, and historical mystique, Bernardo’s is a list any connoisseur could only dream of. In these pages, Bernardo celebrates exquisite vintages from around the globe—from the 1928 Krug Collection Champagne to the 1951 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 to the 1973 Stag’s Leap Estate SLV—inviting the reader on a journey through history to savor an impossible collection.

Some people might think several hundred euro might be better invested in actual wine that you can drink, rather than a book that only allows you to read about it. And that’s not untrue. But if you want to go deep on some truly epic bottles and impress people with your knowledge of wines that you (probably) can’t get for any amount of money, this book is a valuable asset—especially if you (or your gift recipient) have the cellar space to show it off.

Enrico Bernardo made his name at the Four Seasons George V in Paris and was named Best Sommelier of the World in 2004. His two restaurants, the Michelin Star–holding Il Vino and Goust, focus on pairing the perfect wine with each dish—and the perfect dish with each wine. Bernardo consults for numerous restaurants, and cooperates with the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale to promote wine culture for a new generation. He is the author of five books, including How to Taste Wine (2006) and How to Pair Wine (2011).

Francis Bacon
“Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.”