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Top wine books to get you out of your wine rut

With thousands of options available, shopping for wine books can be overwhelming. Some books are great for learning more about wine regions, some teach perfect food and wine pairings while others can sweep you away to vineyards in faraway lands.  I’ve put together my four favorite wine books that I use on the regular and that will help you get out of a wine rut when needed.

Best wine book for food pairings: The Wine Lover’s Cookbook by Sid Goldstein

My mother-in-law gave me this book for Christmas a few years ago. The Wine Lover’s Cookbook is a super helpful book for those of us overwhelmed with wine and food pairings because he lays out a simple guide for each grape variety.  Learn which ingredients go best with which wine including “bridge” ingredients. The recipes are fantastic, and the pictures will leave you drooling.


Best wine book for wine styles: Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

Wine Folly is a terrific blog and one any wine lover should follow. I used her blog as a reference when studying for my wine exams and find her sense of humor delightful!  If you were in my wine shop downtown Vancouver, I had the Wine Folly maps on the walls. Check out those and other fun wine related items out on her website.



Best wine book for the coffee table: The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert by Richard Betts

Excuse me? A Master Sommelier made a scratch and sniff wine book?  Hot damn that’s so awesome!  Richard Betts is only the 9th Master Somm to complete the challenging exam on the first try!  I love that he breaks down wine so that the rest of us can learn in a non-intimidated way.



Best all around wine book: The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil

Meeting Karen MacNeil in the elevator last week was so exciting.  Her book is my wine bible and by my side all the time to use as reference and inspiration.   She gives you an in-depth look at all the wine regions of the world, and the pages are chocked full with any information you may need.  I love the wine recommendations she gives at the end of each chapter because it makes me feel wine smart when I I sell a wine that she recommends.


Reading about wine can be a relaxing and fun way to learn about wine.  Pick up one or all of these wine books to read over the summer for fun.  Make a Raspberry Lime Lush Punch, throw a book in your beach bag and read a page or two while yelling at your kids to put on more sunscreen.


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