A few good books to help you expand your wine knowledge and wine pairing skills!
Larousse Wine ; The World’s Greatest Wines, Estates and Regions ; published in 2011 by Clarkson Potter/Publishers New York
Wonderfully illustrated, with beautiful pictures and remarkable representation of wealth of information. This book is not just good looks; it has substance too. An amazingly good read with a vast amount of knowledge about wines, pairings, storing, tasting, history and so much more. If there is anything you ever wanted to know about wine; it is in this book and presented in a beautiful and interesting way. Hands down my favorite book!
Winesof the World; Published by DK Publishing, Inc—
This book is broken into regions of the world, just like your local wine store! I find that this makes purchasing wines very simple.
Step 1: Look up Country…France
Step 2: Region…Loire Valley (The book will tell you the history of the region and what they are known for -Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. If you need more information you can always look up those specific wines/grapes and find any information you need. )
Step 3: Turn to the “Top Wine Producers” of that region….it will give you the name of the producer, styles of wine that are best, even the years that they produced the best wines.
Step 4: Buy a good wine and enjoy
This book is also great for traveling and exploring local wine regions, with detailed maps and lists of local wine producers.
Wine for Dummies- by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan; published by Wiley Publishing
This book has none of the pretty pictures but is packed full of information. And it will answer any question about wine that you have, simply and straight forward. My I recomend a chapter titled “Confronting a Restaurant Wine List”. It is designed to help with the “emotional-vulnerability” that can come with trying to buy wine. With a little knowledge you will have all the confidence in the world to grab the wine list and order for the table.
Please let me know if you have a book you think I should add to this list. I always love an excuse to go shopping.