Friday, 24 January 2014

The new art of German Riesling

It's been a while since my last post. Since late November, I've been busy translating a book on German Riesling, written by Swiss author Thom Held. Entitled Nature-made beauty. The new art of German Riesling., it's the first-ever publication under Thom's Vinipazzi brand. The book launch is currently scheduled for the week of 17-22 March. I completed the translation draft only a few days ago. Next week a translator colleague of mine, Keith Hewlett, is due to proofread my text. I will then be checking the final printing proofs in the second week of February.

Nature-made beauty. The new art of German Riesling will be available in both hardcopy and e-book format - the former with a bilingual German/English layout, the latter as a separate language version.

Personally, this has been one of the most exciting translation projects I've been involved in. Much like the wines and winemakers profiled in his book, the author's style of writing is unique and compelling. Translating the manuscript into English was a big challenge, as was the project's tight schedule before and after Christmas. Thankfully, I now have someone like Keith who'll be able to iron out any glitches in the English. When all's said and done, I'm really looking forward to seeing the end result.

To date, the above links (in German) are the limit of what I can provide in terms of related information. I'll add further details as soon as possible.


  1. Great news, happy to hear about this, Simon. I shall look forward to further updates and the final product! Torsten

  2. Thanks, Torsten!
    The book launch (or "Vernissage", as they say in Switzerland) is in Zurich on 16 March. All three producers profiled in the book (Kühn, Busch and Dönnhoff) will be present, which is both an exciting and slightly daunting prospect. Information about how to buy the book should hopefully become clearer by then, and also once Thom Held has his website up and running.
    Suffice to say, I saw the book in PDF format prior to doing my final check/corrections, and it looks aesthetically very pleasing, not least thanks to the author's own photos.