What a Read! The Wine Books We Enjoy Over and Over

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A healthy dose of wine-related pastimes in print (or, of course, your Kindle). Because a book is wo/man’s best friend, they say. Or at least we do.

Plus it’s almost Christmas, so… time to buy yourself a present for making it this far in 2020!

 

The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy, Dan Keeling & Mark Andrew

Fresh-off the press, heavy with insight, British humor and rare French bottles, but free of any sort of stuffiness: this impressive volume from the minds behind the Noble Rot magazine and restaurants is a true work of love. Shiny on the outside, approachable and instantly seizing on the inside, this is our secret Christmas gift tip for any kind of wine lover.

 

Wine, Unfiltered. Buying, Drinking, and Sharing Natural Wine Katherine Clary

A holistic picture of the lively natural wine world and its culture, painted by the author and creator of the Wine Zine.  Including Christian Tschida’s opinions on biodiversity our captain Jenny Lefcourt’s views on why natural wine matters.

 

The Juice: Vinous Veritas, Jay McInerney

The brilliant author of Bright Lights, Big City or The Good Life is also an incredibly dedicated wine & food aficionado – enjoy his savvy language and palate in this collection of essays on biodynamics, Champagne and many more.

 

Natural Wine for The People, For the Love of Wine, Naked Wine, The Dirty Guide to Wine & other books by Alice Feiring

Be it a memoir, a comprehensive guide, a deep dive into the ancient Georgian wine culture or musings on soil’s impact on flavour (co-authored by the Loire trailblazer Pascaline Lepeltier), our friend Alice, the doyenne of US natural wine writing, is there to keep you company.

 

Adventures on the Wine Route, Kermit Lynch

Speaking about OGs, this is one of the most entertaining and knowledge-laden wine books out there. Written in the 1980s based on Mr Lynch’s importing hunts in France, it’s incredible how much of his ideas are still super valid even 30 years later. A must.

 

Lulu’s Provencal Table, Richard Olney

One of the fondest chapters of Kermit Lynch’s afore-mentioned books is dedicated to  Domaine Tempier, it’s wines but also the food and general Joie de vivre served at this Provencal estate. It will probably leave you craving to know more about Lulu’s (the matriarch of the family) famed feasts – and this book, fore-worded by Alice Waters, is where you can get it.

 

Wine. All the Time., Marissa A. Ross

Hilarious, unpretentious, knowledgeable, visually compelling… Our Cali pal Marissa (Bon Appetit’s wine editor & Natural Disasters podcast co-host) is all these things, so no wonder her book follows suit. Perfect unstuffy introduction into the wonderful world of natural wine.

 

New Wine Rules, Jon Bonné

Navigating all the rituals, rules and BS around wine can be quite tricky, but (former Punch, now Resy editor) Jon Bonné comes to the rescue with this easy-to-digest and fun guide. 

 

Natural Wine, Isabelle Legeron

The French MW and founder of RAW fairs serves a congenial introduction to the world of natural, biodynamic etc. wine; good gift for the people you’re trying to evangelize.

 

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for French’s Greatest Treasure, Don & Petie Kladstrup

“To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine.” Breath-taking story of French vintners protecting their treasures from German troops during WWII.

 

Wine Grapes, Jancis Robinson

For all you geeks out there: this award-winning slab of 1280 pages and nearly 1400 grape varieties should keep your mind occupied for a while. If it doesn’t, you can continue with Ms Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine (although that one sports just meagre 912 pages).

 

Native Grapes of Italy, Ian d’Agata

For you indigenous grape geeks out there, Italy is the land of wonders, as this thoroughly researched book shows with its nearly 2000 (!) native grapes.

 

Amber Revolution: How the world learned to love orange wine, Simon J Woolf

Love skin contact wines? So does Simon J Woolf. History, methods, re-rise to fame, producers and food pairings: you’ll even dream of maceration, qvevris and amber color for the rest of your life after reading this one.

 

The Wine Girl, Victoria James

Michelin-starred restaurants are no stranger to the toxicities of the restaurant world, as Victoria James (now Bev Director & Partner at Cote NYC), who became a sommelier in one at only 21, recalls all too well in her captivating memoir.