I’ll have to start this post by saying, I have so many passions and interests in life, and yet they all seem to converge on two things: books and learning. I just can’t stop myself. Each alone or both together, I am a nerd and a geek combined. So when my interest in wine was first piqued, I directly appealed to the mother of all knowledge, Google, to find the right books to teach me what I need to know – I use ‘need’ here in two different intensities, as I need books to learn and I need book as a life necessity. As always, Google did not fail me. I found a plethora of wine books, from wine guides to wine encyclopedias to wine text books. So where do I start?! Well… long story short, I read so many wine books that first year. But the good news is, you don’t have to because I’ve picked the best for you!
So if you’ve just entered a career in the wine industry or you’re just a wine enthusiast wanting to learn more, here is my list of the 5 best books about wine that are written in a straight-to-the-point, humorous, and modern fashion.
Price tag ~ $ 18
This book was written and designed by the creators of WineFolly.com, one of my all-time favorite blogs about wine. The book is uniquely designed full of infographics and color swatches to make the intimidating task of learning about wine visually appealing and entertaining. It answers practically all of your wine questions: taste profiles of different wines, wine & food pairings, detailed wine region maps, methods of tasting and recognizing flavors, and so much more. I would say this should be the very first book you think of buying if you want to take your wine tasting seriously.
Price tag ~ $ 16
A lively and extensive course from America’s top wine expert, Karen MacNeil, this book is practically a textbook about wine. It takes you through every bit of knowledge about the wine world that you may be wondering about, all while dropping in informative tips, amusing anecdotes, and quotes worth sharing on twitter.
Price tag ~ $ 10
From the world’s most respected wine critic, Jancis Robinson, this tiny book is only 100 pages but oh-so-informative. She shares her knowledge with authority, wit, and approachability, and discusses topics from the difference between red and white, to the shape of bottles and their labels, descriptions of taste, color and smell, to pairing wine with food and the price-quality correlation. I can guarantee that you will finish this book feeling like you can discuss that slight difference between Syrah and Shiraz that only a vintner in Hermitage could possibly know. I can also guarantee that you’ll finish this within a day of starting it.
Price tag ~ $ 21
In this book, Marnie Old, renowned American sommelier, helps you discover, buy, and drink wines that you’ll enjoy, all at your own time and pace, in a no-nonsense, practical way. She gives you a visual tour of wine, debunks a few myths, and challenges all the stuffy traditions that we’ve heard of in the wine industry.
Price tag ~ $ 11
In this cute little first-of-a-kind book, Richard Betts one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world, introduces the basic components of wine – the fruits, the wood, the earth – via a scratch-and-sniff approach. The books is a lot of fun with humorous illustrations and 16 wine scents to smell.