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My Wine Book Recommendations

In addition to tasting thousands of different wines in the name of “research” while writing Wine and the Word, I also devoured virtually every wine book ever written from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.     Several have asked me which books I would recommend to those who share my enthusiasm for wine and the written word.   Below is a partial list:

For those who want to learn more about the subject of wine my favorites include:

The Wine Bible, by Karen MacNeil

Making Sense of Wine, by Matt Kramer

                The Oxford Companion to Wine, by Jancis Robinson

                Modern Encyclopedia of Wine, by Hugh Johnson

For those that enjoy reading about wine in periodicals such as the Wine Spectator, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, I recommend:

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

A Hedonist in the Cellar by Jay McInerney

In terms of the classics you can do no better than:

Adventures on the Wine Route, by Kermit Lynch

A Vineyard in My Glass, Gerald Asher

For those seeking a fun, wine soaked adventure I recommend:

Cork Screwed:  Adventures in the New French Wine Country, by Robert Camuto

Barolo, by Matthew Gavin Frank

Too Much Tuscan Sun, By Dario Castagno

Red, white and drunk all over, by Natalie MacLean

To satisfy the historian in us you can do no better than:

Thomas Jefferson on Wine, by John Hailman

And, last but not least, those who lean toward reading books from a religious slant should take a look at:

Divine Vintage:  Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age, by Randall Heskett and Joel Butler

Drinking with Calvin and Luther!  By Jim West

DIONYSUS:  A Social History of the Wine Vine, By Edward Hyams


These are just a few.  What wine themed books would you recommend?