Madeline Puckette has created the go-to book for beginners and more advanced wine lovers alike. Wine Folly covers every major wine grape in the world, giving you information such as style, flavors, aromas, structure and where in the world the wine is produced. Also included is a fun food and wine pairing section and dozens of maps so you can learn the geography of your favorite wine areas. This book has helped me quite a bit in my blind tastings!
World renown sommelier, wine marker, authors, and amazing human being, Raj Parr, has done it again with his new book, The Sommerlier’s Atlas of Taste. Raj walks you personally through his favorite areas of France, Italy and Spain and explains the actual tastes of the wines in the area. His recommendations have been spot on in the restaurants and wineries we visit when we travel.
The first book that made me fall deeply in love with wine and wine travel. Kermit Lynch is our favorite importer of wine from France and Italy (pro tip: if you see any wine by Kermit Lynch at a restaurant or wine store, it’s guaranteed to be delicious regardless of the price point!) Go back in time when Kermit first started finding wines to import to the US and be transported to a different time and place that no longer exists today.
If newbies to wine want to enjoy a fun-filled adventure of wine, wine tasting and becoming a sommelier, I always recommend this book by Bianca Bosker. After reading through her adventures, you will understand how someone can fall madly and deeply in love with wine.
Bonus Tip: on of the book’s characters is Morgan Harris who showed Julia and I an amazing time at his restaurant in NYC. (Thanks for the Y’quem Morgan!)
Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson are on their 7th Edition of the World Atlas of Wine (I believe the 8th is coming out next year.) The Atlas contains everything you need to know about wine, including wine regions, winery techniques, grapes, maps and more for every wine region of the world. If you are serious about wine, this book is a must buy.
The ultimate coffee table book! Peter Leim has created a boxed set (book and maps) that covers everything you could ever want, or need to know, about one of the most fascinating and delicious wines – Champagne.
Bonus Tip – this book was the winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award in “Reference, History and Scholarship”
Karen MacNeil has released her 2nd Edition of the Wine Bible. Reading her book helped me in taking the WSET3 Advanced Course in Wine this past year. Her writing style is easy and fun to read and because she tasted over 10,000 wines for this edition of the Bible. Her tasting note of a riesling is “A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning” which is exactly what I want to hear when a wine is described!
You will not be able to put down this book as you learn about Rudy Kurniawan, an Indonesian born wine genius who busted on the US wine scene for a decade before it was found out that he was forging and manufacturing exclusive and rare wines, while selling them for tens of thousands of dollars.
Bonus tip – look for a documentary called Sour Grapes to watch this tale unfold on the small screen!
Another fascinating true story of the role that wine played in World War 2. When the nazis took over France, they forced the vignerons to produce wine for Germany. Now the story has been told of how the occupied struck back and had a crucial role in how the war was won.
Bonus Tip – there are probably still uncovered caves in some estates where bottles of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are hidden that will eventually be found!
Warning: this book is not meant for a general population of wine lovers. You have to be a serious wine nerd to get anything out of Native Wine Grapes of Italy. Because Molly and I are Italian wine fanatics, this book helps us seek out rare and unknown grapes/wines when we travel to Italy. It’s fun to mention almost unknown grapes on our travels and to have the locals try to help us hunt down bottles of rare juice! Cheers!