Clive Coates

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Clive Coates
Wimbledon, London, UK
OccupationWine writer

Clive Coates is a British wine writer and Master of Wine,[1] best known for his books about the wines of Burgundy.[2]


Born in 1941, Clive Coates worked for The Wine Society in Stevenage in the late 1960s and early 1970s.[3] In 1975 he founded the award-winning magazine The Vine,[4][5] a monthly fine wine journal that ran for 241 issues until ill-health in 2005 forced him to stop. He also wrote a number of classic books about the classic wine regions of France in this time. Despite describing himself as semi retired, he published his latest book, The Wines of Burgundy in March 2008.[5]

He lives in Saint-Bonnet-de-Vieille-Vigne, between the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais.


He is best known for Côte d'Or: A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy, a survey of the most famous wine-producing region of Burgundy covering more than 1000 pages, published in 1997.[6] It includes technical information about the vineyards of the Côte-d'Or, details about wine making techniques employed by hundreds of different producers and wine ratings of thousands of wines. The new book from 2008 is effectively a revision of this one, but expanded to include all major wine districts of Burgundy, and without the in-depth profile of a selected number of producers in the 1997 book.

Other recent books include The Wines of Bordeaux (2004) and The Great Wines of France (2005).

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  1. ^ Masters of Wine, Clive Coates profile Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Oxford Companion to Wine. "Reference". Archived from the original on 2008-07-21.
  3. ^ The Wine Society, Society News, Jan/Feb 2007
  4. ^ Oxford Companion to Wine. "The Vine". Archived from the original on 2008-04-17.
  5. ^ a b bio
  6. ^ Kissack, Chris, "Wine Books: Clive Coates".

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