Here’s the shortlist of books, magazines, websites, etc. that I use to keep up with the world of wine.

Guild of Sommeliers

A social network for sommeliers.  Includes study guides and discussion boards.  It has been the most helpful tool I have used over the last two years.

The Oxford Companion to Wine – edited by Jancis Robinson MW

The most comprehensive guide to wine available. An absolute necessity for those looking to study wine in depth.

The World Altas of Wine – Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson MW

The geography of the region that a wine hails from will do more to determine the style of wine than any other factor.  This the most complete collection of maps available.

Decanter – Monthly Wine Publication based in the U.K.

The source for up-to-date information. When I read most wine magazines, it feels as though I’m reading one long advertisement. In Decanter, even the advertisements are informative. The Decanter website is also a necessity.

The Wine Lover’s Companion – Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst

A wine dictionary with concise entries on regions, grapes and other wine jargon.  The best part is phonetic spelling of every entry.  This husband and wife team were also responsible for The Food Lover’s Companion and The Ultimate A to Z Bar Guide.  All three have been invaluable to my studies.

The Wine Bible – Karen MacNeil

This was the first wine book that I read.  It has some great information (though it is a bit outdated).

The Wines and Domaines of France – Clive Coates MW

Coates is one of my favorite wine writers.  This book was released in 2001 and is due for an update, but it is still an excellent, all-encompassing guide to French wine.

The Wines of Burgundy – Clive Coates MW

Concerning Burgundy, there is no other source that comes close to this depth.  If you are becoming hooked on the world’s most complex wine region, then this book is a necessity.

The Story of Wine – Hugh Johnson

The relationship between cultural, political and economic forces have shaped wine as much as climate and soil.  The preeminent summary of the human factor is Johnson’s Story of Wine.


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