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Good Books about Wine?

Posted by christinekorda, Dec 21, 2010.

I'm looking for some great recommendations for books to read about wine! I'd like to get some for myself, as well as some that would be good to give away as gifts.

I just got Good, Better, Best: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines on my Kobo eReader, and can't wait to get started on it.

Any tips for other books to check out? Thanks in advance!


Reply by dkimball141, Dec 22, 2010.

I'm reading Wine Wise- your complete guide to understanding, selecting, and enjoying wine.


It's good- definately complete.

Reply by Flamefighter, Dec 22, 2010.

I found KISS Guide to Wine helpful when I first became interested in learning more about wine.  It was informative without being too boring and it helped me to understand some of the differences between the various grapes, regions and styles of wine.

I don’t know if they have updated it since it was written but the basic information is still relevant and the price is probably reasonable.  The one big thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot more wineries and AVA’s since it was written.


Reply by spikedc, Dec 23, 2010.

Hi christine,

Educating Peter: How anybody can become an (almost) instant wine expert. by LettieTeague.

Is this bottle Corked? The secret life of wine by Kathleen Burk & Michael Bywater.

just a couple i've read and enjoyed

Reply by wineguider, Dec 23, 2010.

"Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar" by Jay McInerney, the guy who wrote Bright Lights, Big City.  A huge breath of fresh air in this stuffy world.  And the guy has serious knowledge.  Good luck --

-Wineguider (

Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 23, 2010.

I like "The Wine Lover's Companion" as a handy reference.  Just out in a new edition last year.  Describes regions, sub-appellations, varietals, has a guide to reading labels from different countries, makes the German system of classification a little less impenetrable.  (Still hasn't got me drinking much German wine, but I'll get around to it.)  I wound up reading it cover to cover, which is kind of not the way it's intended to be used, but it was great.  Now, if only they could settle on a Spanish spelling for the grape we call grenache.  Also, they had an entry for picpoul that directed you to Folle Blanche, but no entry for that varietal.  That was in the last edition, so hopefully it's fixed now.

I rented a house from a wine writer once, read a bunch of books by him and others, but nothing stood out.  I'd spend less on books and more on wine, because I remember the wine he left me very well (and the half dozen others we had that long weekend).

Reply by ELBinLA, Dec 23, 2010.

For me, a wine professional, I have two bibles: The Oxford Companion to Wine (Jancis Robinson, ed.) and The World Atlas of Wine (Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson).  Not quite bed-time reading, unless you are very wine-dorky like me, but they are absolutely essential, indispensable references in any wine book collections.  I give them "100 points".


Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 23, 2010.

Luckily you can carry the "Wine Lover's Companion" in a handbag and refer to it surreptitiously at wine stores when you encounter something new.  Same can't really be said for Robinson's or Johnson's books, but they are standard texts.  WLC is decidedly not opinionated (occasionally something seems to sneak thru, and they don't hesitate to call wines from some regions unexciting, but they don't commentate). 

But spend less on books, more on wine.  Can't be said enough.

Reply by napagirl68, Dec 23, 2010.

I think books that can educate on the regions and history of wine are fine...  I dislike most guides since they are not "up to the moment".  For a guide, I prefer an iPhone app.. there are several.  Currently I have DryncWine app, but there are prolly even better ones out there.  And, although I am not currently a user of CellarTracker, there is an iPhone app for that too, for those of you who use CT.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 23, 2010.

I have some wine apps on my Droid (and please don't hassle me for having a Droid instead of an iPhone--I don't want to p.o. the Apple mafia, it's just the phone I have, not a big morality tale) but I am not super fond of any of them.  Plus I can read WLC without having my phone on when I feel like disconnecting from the modern world.  Virtually all the wine apps seem to have some shortcomings, from my experience and that of Wine Buddy #1, who does have an iPhone.  Still, looking up prices and ratings while you are in the store has made the business ever more competitive.  Good for the consumer. 

NG, you want to start a thread on what wine apps we should have?

Reply by napagirl68, Dec 23, 2010.

Foxall, not gonna hassle you re: Droid.  I like my iPhone ok, but have major issues with ATT.  Actually thinking of switching to Verizon (and getting a droid).  So I won't poke fun at you.  I just was mentioning that I like the "up-to-date" factor of the internet, so to speak.  And yes, the apps have issues... like everything else.  If I can't find a wine on an app, I do internet search on the phone for info.  I have no problem doing this if I am intending to drop a chunk of change for some wine in a shop or market.  I wouldn't do this at the dinner table, nor would I pull out a book.

And no, I don't want to start an apps thread.  I have my one, it's pretty good, and I am not familiar with others.  Perhaps a tech geek can give us some good suggestions.  The app I really like is the one that helps me find my flippin car in the parking lot!  LOL!   Can't tell you how many times I've gone into someplace with so much other stuff on my mind, that I've totally forgotten where I parked!

Do you like the droid apps?

Reply by CageyT, Dec 23, 2010.

For regular folks, an oldie but a goodie is "Which Wine?" by Peter Sichel and Judy Ley.  Great historical snapshot (written in 1975!) and useful still.

Reply by njhic, Jun 1, 2011.

I love my copy of "The Wine Bible" []. "Wine Wise", already mentioned by dkimball, is another of my favorite wine books.

Reply by sparks1093, Jul 5, 2011.

Just getting started learning about wine myself (and learning Snooth). Just bought Wine Guide 2011 by Anthony Giglio. Seems to be helpful so far and ranks wine by both the quality and the cost.

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