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Wine books to sip along with - or how to pair reading with wine!

Wine books... my (not so secret) 'other' wine passion! An ideal evening to me is curling up with a good (often wine-related) book and a perfectly paired glass of wine!

The pleasure of curling up with a good book, wine-related or not, and a great glass of wine is, to me, the equation for a perfect evening. In looking through my collection I wanted to share some of my favorites and the wines I'd pair with them!

Wine, and wine books, have held my heart for many years!

"Great is the fortune of he who possesses a good bottle, a good book, and a good friend." ~ Moliere

In editing and curating my collection of wine and wine-related books here are some of my favorites!

Wine reference books - pair with a serious Bordeaux blend, Barolo, or a high-altitude crisp red!

  • Wine Folly The Master Guide by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

  • The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson

  • Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours by Jancis Robinson

  • Wine Simple: A Totally Approachable Guide from a World-Class Sommelier by Aldo Sohm and Christine Muhlke

'Different' Wine books - an ode to natural, funky, different and surprising wines - pair these with your favorite pet nat, biodynamic, organic or lesser-known grape varietal wine!

“Natural wine is not new; it is what wine always was, and yet, somehow today it has become a rarity. It is a tiny drop in a big ocean, but, oh my, what a drop.” - Isabelle Legeron from 'Natural Wine: An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally'
  • Natural Wine for the People – What it is, Where to Find it, How to Love it by Alice Feiring

  • The Dirty Guide to Wine – Following Flavors from Ground to Glass also by Alice Feiring with Pascaline Lepeltier

  • Godforsaken Grapes – A Slightly Tipsy Journey Through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wine by Jason Wilson

  • Tasting the Past – One Man’s Quest to Discover (and Drink!) the World’s Original Wines by Kevin Begos

'Wine is bottled poetry' - Robert Louis Stevenson

In editing and curating my collection of wine and wine-re

Wine books that will make you smile, travel and marvel - pair these with a new world Cabernet Franc, a crisp dry Rielsing or a blend with at least one varietal that you have never heard of!

  • Vignette – Stories of Life & Wine in 100 Bottles by Jane Lopes

  • Wine for Normal People – A Guide for Real People who Like Wine but not the Snobbery That Goes With It by Elizabeth Schneider

  • The Booklover’s Guide to Wine – An Introduction to the History, Mysteries and Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine by Patrick Alexander

  • Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World by Vanessa Price and Adam Laukhuf

Wine books that will make you hungry - pair Cheetos with Sancerre, a Big Mac with a Burgundy and kimchi tacos with a Rielsing!

  • Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking (A Recipe Book) by Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker

  • La Buvette – Recipes & Wine Notes from Paris by Camille Fourmont & Kate Leahy

Cheers friends!