Favorite Wine Books
Here are some of my favorite books, that encompass the world of wine across depth and breadth. Of the many study options that are available on the market, these are chosen for being accurate, comprehensive, and fun.
The Atlas has always been my go-to wine book, since beginning an earnest study journey in 2012. At that time, the 7th edition was something nearby my side, full of beautiful maps, producer notes, and contextual depth. The new 8th Edition is now available, with updated information, maps, and beautiful images.
Without a doubt, the most in-depth wine book in the world. Thick as slab of Italian marble, this tome is not designed for cover-to-cover browsing. I have found greatest efficacy in choosing a single topic, and then bouncing across to related articles found in bold within that article. A bit like a Wikipedia dive, the time spent with the Oxford will be well-spent, albeit intense.
Even thicker than the Oxford Companion, Wine Grapes covers every single variety in the world, from the common to obscure. Especially useful are the grape synonyms, and planting data from around the world. Another lovely inclusion are the illustrations by ameplographers Viala and Vermorel, reproduced in beautiful color and detail. 1,368 varieties are listed.
One of the more dense items in this collection, the Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson is somewhat similar to the Jancis Atlas in format, as it covers the world of wine, but dives even deeper. Individual appellations are explored at a granular level, with loads of producers mentioned throughout.
A broad exploration of vintage wine, cataloguing Michael’s tasting experience through the decades. Wines are often described in creative, almost whimsical terms. An expert of Christie’s fame since 1966, Michael has one of the most storied and verbose palates in the wine world.
Full of color and imagery, the Wine Folly book mirrors the illustration-rich style of the eponymous education website. Grapes, regions, and tasting concepts are outlined in eye-dazzling detail.
Region Specific Books
Books On Our Wishlist
Some additional selections, which I have been wanting to dig into:
Publishers of Wine Books
- Ten Speed Press (3x)
- University of California Press (3x)
- Ecco Press (2x)
- Mitchell Beazley (2x)
- Anova Books
- Avery Publishing
- Dorling Kindersley
- Editions du Meurger
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Hardie Grant
- Penguin Books
- Quirk Books
- Rudd Press
- Wine Appreciation Guild
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