Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Recommended Introductory Wine Books

Would you like to learn more about wine? Would you like an introductory overview of the world of wine?

There are several excellent books available that can educate you about wine. Here are a few of my recommendations for such books. These books are all easy to understand but are very informative.

"Windows on the World: Complete Wine Course" by Kevin Zraly. This book is frequently updated and the 2007 edition is currently available. You might be able to find the 2006 edition on the discount rack at your local bookstore. The 2007 edition is a large hardcover book and retails at $24.95. It covers all the basics about wine, the different countries and varietals, recommended wineries and producers, and much more. In addition, it provides alot of wine trivia. It is an easy read and contains alot of interesting and valuable information. Most people will find they learn something from this book.

"Great Wine Made Simple" by Andrea Immer Robinson. This is a revised edition, in hardcover and retails at $29.95. This is also an easy read with lots of interesting and valuable information. It also tries to downplay the wine lingo and talk in more plain English. It goes more in depth in some areas than the Zraly book. It also presents you with some wine tasting suggestions that will help you better understand wine.

"Jancis Robinson's Wine Course" by Jancis Robinson. This is a trade-sized paperback and retails at $29.95. The first half of the book is all about wine while the second half goes into details about the world's different wine regions.

"Oldman's Guide To Outsmarting Wine" by Mark Oldman. This is also a trade sized paperback that retails for $18. This book is a bit more ecletic than the others but contains information you may not find in the other books. It is an easy read and contains numerous wine recommendations as well.


Anonymous said...

"Wine for Dummies"! Incredible intro book, well written and edited by Karen Macneil I believe. Also have to include "The Wine Bible" I know a lot of wine geeks who cut there vinous teeth on that one.

Richard Auffrey said...

Hi Ryan and thanks for the suggestions. The only reason I did not include The Wine Bible is that I think it is a bit dated now as it was published in 2000. It was an excellent book but I am not sure its wine region info is really up to date.