NOMIS PRESS WAS FOUNDED by Gail Unzelman in 1990 for the purpose of publishing her recently completed book, Wine & Gastronomy: A New Short-Title Bibliography Guide based on the André L. Simon Bibliothecas, Vinaria, Gastronomica, & Bacchica. With an Added Checklist of the Works of André L. Simon, 345pp. (Several clever book-people have guessed the origin of the name of the press!) A standard of production for Nomis Press was established with this limited edition printing.
IN 1998, NOMIS PRESS produced and published A History of the Sonoma Viticultural District. The Grape Growers, the Wine Makers, and the Vineyards, written by wine historian Ernest P. Peninou, assisted by Gail Unzelman, 456pp. This book was given a distinguished award by the Sonoma County Historical Society.
FOLLOWING THE FORMAT of the Sonoma Viticultural District, Nomis Press subsequently published an unbound collection of individual histories of the following viticultural districts: El Dorado 203pp, Los Angeles 255pp, Napa 345pp, Sacramento 173pp, San Francisco 332pp, and San Joaquin 171pp. A Statistical History of Wine Grape Acreage in California 1856–1992, 212 pp, is a valuable one-volume companion to these histories. Visit waywardtendrils.com for a complimentary download of these volumes.
FOLLOWING IN 2000, The California Wine Association and Its Member Wineries, 1894–1920, co-authored by Ernest Peninou and Gail Unzelman, 414pp, was issued. This wine history is illustrated with many previously unpublished images taken from the private collections of the authors; the book has been well received, and its historical importance honored.
IN 2004, on behalf of and for the benefit of the Wine Librarians Association, Nomis Press produced and published a special, limited edition book in tribute to Roy Brady, a man of many wine talents: The Brady Book: Selections from Roy Brady's Unpublished Writings on Wine. With an Introduction by Thomas Pinney. 199pp, 250 copies, presented in a handsome two-color format, with 14 tipped-in color reproductions of wine labels from the Brady Collection.
OTHER NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS by Gail Unzelman include Sonoma County Wineries, published in 2006 by Arcadia Publishing as one of its “Postcard History Series.” The book features some 200 postcard views from the author's collection and relates the early history of the wine industry in Sonoma County, California. In 2007, in partnership with Nina Wemyss, their Kylix Press issued Autobiography of a Vine, a limited edition book in miniature (2-5/8″ x 2-1/8″). This endearing story of the life of a grape vine, personally told by the vine himself, was first published in 1866 as a chapter of My Vineyard at Lakeview. By a Western Grape Grower. This premier imprint from Kylix Press was printed letterpress by the internationally acclaimed fine press printer and book designer, Peter Koch of Berkeley, California, using the finest materials and craftsmen available. Edition of 185 handbound copies.
NOW, SOME TWENTY YEARS after the initial publication from Nomis Press – on André Simon – the press is pleased to offer Printer’s Ink: A Bibliographic Remembrance of André L. Simon and His Written Works, written and compiled by Gail Unzelman. Friends of the “Art of Good Living” know and cherish the books of Simon, wine’s most prolific writer and its greatest bibliophile. 194pp. Richly illustrated. Some 150 titles.
2014. A DELIGHTFUL NEW BOOK featuring poster stamps with a wine theme, Wine. On Noble Drink: Wine, Champagne and Cognac, is now available. This 64-page mini-book (3¾ x 2¾), in full color and strikingly bound, “produced in praise of good Wine, Champagne, and Cognac, offers a rich, vintage tasting of some 30 poster stamps published to promote wine.” The entertainingly perfect special gift for our wine friends! (And ourselves.)
2014. FOLLOW-UP TO POSTER STAMPS, a lively portfolio of six celebrated bookplate collections with a wine theme, In Vino Veritas: Bookplates on Wine is now available. Featured are the plate, an English and a Hungarian plate description, the plate owner, and the artist. This 71-page mini-book (3¾ x 2¾), in full color and strikingly bound in glossy, illustrated paper boards, is the perfect gift for our wine and book friends.
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