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What are the best books to read to learn about wine?

Asked by lawdaddy (21 points ) March 8th, 2011

I am beginner looking to voraciously learn about wine, and would like some recommendations on which books I should start off with.

All suggestions are welcome and will be considered.

Thank you!

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WestRiverrat's avatar

If you are starting to drink it, find a vintner/winery near you that gives tours and/or classes. You will learn more from them in an hour than you will from most books. There are local wineries in almost every corner of the country.

Do a search on wineries, you will probably have to look at more than one directory as some directories have exclusive deals with wineries.

If you want to make wine, find a starter kit you like and go with their recommended books.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

May not be directly related to what you’re looking for, but if you’re interested in the history of wine, The Billionaire’s Vinegar is a highly praised book. I haven’t read it, but I work at a bookstore and customers often came in saying how interesting it was.

everephebe's avatar

Invest in drinking the stuff, not reading about it! Go for a wine flight with somebody who knows their stuff. Drink! Reading won’t help you develop your flavor palate. Well, you know what I mean.

lawdaddy's avatar

Well, obviously I’m drinking it. I want to learn about wine because I want to be able to market and sell it.

everephebe's avatar

Take a class, for amateurs or sommeliers. Talk to wine maniacs. Talk to Sommeliers. Talk and drink wine with friends. Try cheeses and foods with different wines, take notes on what works. Maybe subscribe to food and wine magazine.

I mean I’m all for reading but unless your growing grapes, reading about it… it’s just not going to sink in the same way.

breedmitch's avatar

A good reference guide that is helpful to the new wine enthusiast is Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible. It is well written and comprehensive.

blueiiznh's avatar

Large stores that sell wine will do wine tastings to sell and push product.
Wine tours and vineyards have tastings of their products.
Pick up a Food and Wine magazine as cook and sip and learn and enjoy both as it is meant to be.
Wine festivals are this time of year.
The best learning is to talk to vineyards and at tastings and like many pleasures…...
Simply put your lips to object or your affection and savor!

gailcalled's avatar

Get thee to Brookvyn, @breedmitch‘s lovely wine bar in Brooklyn; start tasting. He is the master guide.

381 7th Ave
(between 11th St & 12th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Neighborhood: Park Slope

gailcalled's avatar

Edit: It’s Brookvin.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

We have a wine guru somewhere in the jelly pool. I wrote to them with no luck but you might get a response. I can’t remember the screen name, darn it.

breedmitch's avatar

You wrote to me. Sorry I never replied.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

It was @breedmitch, yay you’re back :D
write me, I need wine help

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