Six Wine Books All Wine Lovers Must Have

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Any proud wine lover should have a good collection of four or five books on wine to act as a reference guide; bedside books or coffee table books, available to consult at any time. Books that are both full of knowledge and oddities, as well as quick and useful, and that are must-haves for your library.

We love books about wine, but it’s hard to choose which are best. There are books that are more educational, more technical, some for novices, others for true wine professionals, for sommeliers... It’s not easy to choose books that are suitable for all audiences, but we’re going to try. As you know, we like a good challenge, and choosing six books about wine definitely is one, so here they are:

Manuel de viticulture, Alain Reynier. This publication by Alain Reynier, an agricultural engineer, enologist, and lecturer in the Faculty of Enology at Bourdeaux, is essential for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the world of wine growing. Available in French or Spanish, it’s an essential for enology and viticulture students who want a comprehensive insight into the world of wine, from soils, to cultural practices, to vineyard treatments.

¿Qué vino con este pato?, Ferran Centelles. This book is from the former elBulli sommelier and true wine pairing expert. Available in Spanish, it’s full of personal stories from the more than eight years he spent at the world’s best restaurant, interspersed with more classic theories on pairing. A good introduction to the essence of pairings.

Taste Buds and Molecules, François Chartier. In the words of Ferran Adrià, “Chartier is the number one expert on flavors.” Not a bad claim to fame. This award-winning book, now available for the first time in English in the US, presents new aromatic science to discover the unseen world of flavors in food and wine. It’s been a best seller since 2009, with over 50,000 copies sold. Its pages are full of teaching and illustrations that are easy to read as well. For anyone interested in wine and pairings.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine, Madeleine Puckette and Justin Hammack. This is an ideal book for beginners. It goes on a real trip around the world, covering grape varieties and geographical areas with very visual graphics and illustrations. Some even consider it the visual wine bible. It’s definitely a good tool for getting an international overview and learning about what kinds of wines are made in different countries.

Wine Isn’t Rocket Science, Ophélie Neiman. Neiman, wine writer for newspaper Le Monde, has created an illustrated guide to learn the basics of wine: production methods, how to set up your own cellar, glass types, and how to order a wine in a restaurant. Quick, fun, and educational. What more could you ask for?

The World Atlas of Wine, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. A good choice for taking a step further to get more in-depth knowledge about the world of wine. Ideal for wine lovers who want to learn even more.

We hope you like them and that you still have time to add one to your gift list! ;)

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