Best Books on Wine

TheReadingRoom Team

Fancy a good drop of wine but have no idea where to start and what to look for? Wine connosieurs love to write about their passion, so you won’t be disappointed by reading works by some of the worlds greatest wine judges. Here’s a list to get you started.

The Billionaire's Vinegarwant_to_read_buttonThe Billionaire’s Vinega tells the true story of a 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux-supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson-that sold for $156,000 at auction and of the eccentrics whose lives intersected with it.


9781935654278_p0_v1_s260x420want_to_read_buttonFew comics have ever exhibited such sway over the economics of an industry as the Drops of God. The legendary wine comic that dictates wine market prices worldwide stars a wine critic and his adopted brother who must compete against each other to determine who will inherit their father’s estate: a wine collection featuring 13 heaven-blessed wines.


Wine & Warwant_to_read_buttonThe remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.


Judgement of Pariswant_to_read_buttonThe Paris Tasting of 1976 will forever be remembered as the landmark event that transformed the wine industry. At this legendary contest, a blind tasting, a panel of top French wine experts shocked the industry by choosing unknown California wines over France’s best.


Red White and Drunk All Overwant_to_read_buttonNatalie MacLean spent three years sipping, spitting and slogging her way through sun-drenched vineyards and cobwebbed cellars to bring us this witty, knowledgeable and exuberant book about the world of wine.


Hedonist in the Cellarwant_to_read_buttonIn A Hedonist in the Cellar, Jay McInerney gathers more than five years’ worth of essays and continues his exploration of what’s new, what’s enduring, and what’s surprising by giving his palate a complete workout and the reader an indispensable, idiosyncratic guide to a world of almost infinite variety.


Bacchus and Mewant_to_read_buttonWith acerbic wit, irreverent tone, and bountiful hilarious anecdotes, Jay McInerney writes the first wine book that makes sense to all those dazed by the prevailing, dull technical wine writing.


The Widow Clicquotwant_to_read_buttonVeuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour and style, with tribute paid everywhere from Lord Byron to Casablanca. But who was this young widow, the ‘Veuve’ Clicquot, whose champagne sparkled at the courts of France, Britain, and Russia; and how did she rise to celebrity and fortune?


Champagnewant_to_read_buttonChampagne will tell a story, one that has never been told before, of how the wine industry survived, about how people moved their entire lives underground in order to save the liquid of the region.


Complete Wine Selectorwant_to_read_buttonComplete Wine Selector aims to remove the fear and restore the fun and confidence in buying and enjoying wine. Presented in a compellingly original, visual “info-bites” format, it strips away wine’s intimidating facade to convey all the information needed in a truly helpful way.

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