Wine 101 – September 16, 2015: Wine Books & Guides: What Can I Read To Learn More About Wine?

This Week In Wine 101: Wine Books & Wine Guides

If you’re looking for a good read to start learning more about wine, want to expand on the knowledge you’ve already attained through various wine experiences, or learn about the relationship wine has with foods, we’ve put together a list of books that are easy to read and informative – from resourceful guides, to quick courses on wine etiquette, origins of specific varietals, and more. Become a wine connoisseur at your own pace through these great reads! Here are some top books we recommend:


The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil

Reading notes: A terrific read for those well versed in wine culture and those who’re looking to learn more!

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The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson

Reading notes: If you’re interested in reading a more in depth perspective of the wine regions throughout the world this is the book.

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The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That by Richard Betts

Reading notes: Written from a non-wine-snob point of view, this book is entertaining and helps readers pin point the differences between varietals by signature aromas and flavors used in specific varietals.

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Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2014 by Hugh Johnson

Reading notes: This terrific little guide covers a broad range of information about wine, from producers to varietals and the regions they originated from and much more. It’s helpful for those having a hard time selecting a good wine at a liquor store or restaurant.

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The Wine Savant by Michael Steinberg

Reading notes: A quick read about wine from all over the world. Discussing wine scores, pairing, and recent trends.

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The Little Black Book of Wine: A Simple Guide to The World of Wine by Elizabeth Poyet

Reading notes: A brief read that offers readers useful information about the upkeep of their wines, the process of pre-evaluating wine, explaining wine lingo in layman’s terms and more.

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New York Times Book of Wine: More Than 30 Years of Vintage Writing by Howard G. Goldberg

Reading notes: A collection of 125 articles from the New York Times, written by some of the most well respected wine experts in the industry.

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Wine: Savvy Girl, A Guide To Wine by Brittany Deal

Reading notes: A fun, entertaining, easy to read female guide for those looking to learn more and ultimately become more confident with wine jargon, and more!

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Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: New, Updated Edition by Kevin Zraly

Reading notes: An excellent book for both beginners and wine connoisseurs alike. This book is easy to read and full of information that covers a great deal about wine. Serves as a great reference too!

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Uncorked: The Novice’s Guide to Wine: by Paul Kreider

Reading notes: Terrific book for beginners, discusses wine’s origins, winemaking process, wine lingo made simple, how-to drink and taste wines, learn to pick out wines that won’t break your wallet and agree with your palate.

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Into Wine: An Invitation to Pleasure by Olivier Magny

Reading notes: Written in an easy to read style, this book makes wine an approachable subject without the pretentious snobbery that sometimes comes with the territory. Informative read for novices and experts.


Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers by Katherine Cole

Reading notes: A great read for those looking to learn or expand their knowledge of biodynamic wines and its roots.

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Wine 101: An Introduction to Wine and Wine Tasting by David S. Locicero

Reading notes: This book is perfect for beginners coming into the wine and offers the basic fundamentals of wine.

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How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto by Eric Asimov

Reading notes: A great read that is nothing short of though-provoking, and supports everyone’s right to enjoy wine regardless of what wine critics deem as great or poor quality wine.

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How to Import Wine: An Insider’s Guide by Deborah M. Gray

Reading notes: This book gives readers an in depth perspective on how to import wines. If you’re interested in learning more about the wine business, this is the book for you.

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Wine Grapes: A complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties Including Their Origins and Flavors by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and Jose Vouillamoz

Reading notes: This is a terrific book for those interested in learning about the different vine varieties, wine professionals or those interested in becoming a sommelier.

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Books on Food & Wine Pairing


Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

Reading notes: A delicious journey of the author’s life experiences and relationship with food and wine. This is one of those books that’s perfect to read over a vacation or during the holidays.

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Food & Wine Annual 2011: An Entire Year of Recipes (Food & Wine Annual Cookbook) by Editors of Food & Wine

Reading notes: Excellent easy to follow recipes that include a variety of meals like, vegetarian and quick health-conscience dishes. Plus, top wines to pair with certain meals and more.

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100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Serve with Wines You Love by Jill Silverman Hough

Reading notes: A wonderful collection of easy to follow recipes that are perfect for those breaking into the world of wine.

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Small Plates, Perfect Wines: Creating Little Dishes with Big Flavors by Lori Lyn Narlock

Reading notes: Not only is this book filled with an assortment of terrific ethnic recipes it is inspirational for those who want to coordinate their own festive get together with friends and offer great dishes with excellent wines!

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Wine Bar Food: Mediterranean Flavors to Crave with Wines to Match by Cathy Mantuano

Reading notes: This book is perfect for those looking to get a taste of Mediterranean cuisines and learn which wines bring out the best in certain region’s dishes.

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The Renaissance Guide to Wine and Food Pairing by Tony DiDio & Amy Zavatto

Reading note: A great read for newcomers and established wine lovers with tips, advice and essays on wines that pair with which foods, how to read wine lists, and more.

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The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine by Karen Page and Andrew Domenburg

Reading notes: This book is a great read for foodies and showcases how wines can bring out the best in certain foods. Great recipes and wines to pair them with.

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Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food by Evan Goldstein and Joyce Goldstein

Reading notes: A great read that includes seasonal, special occasion and ethnic recipes to spice up an evening with wine suggestions for every budget and occasion.

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Wine, Food & Friends: Karen’s Wine and Food Pairing Guide, Plus Over 100 Cooking Light Recipes by Karen MacNeil

Reading notes: A fun read with great easy to follow recipes and delicious wines that pair well with them.

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Pairing with the Masters: A Definitive Guide to Food and Wine by Ken Arnone and Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan

Reading notes: This is an in depth guide that offers explanation for precise directions on how to prepare and make each recipe and how wine is the perfect mate for food.

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Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy by Joseph Bastianich & David Lynch

Reading notes: A great read that offers an in depth perspective of Italy’s wine regions, information on the cultural history of Italian wine, which wine’s pair well with certain Italian meals, and more!

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As you can see there are a number of great reads to enjoy. Whether you’re a newcomer to the wine scene or an aficionado of sorts. We hope you’re able to enjoy the books we’ve recommended.

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