Despite the widespread use of digital formats for reading and learning, wine books continue to have wide appeal, and the plentiful 2014 releases support this popularity. If you insist, many are available as Kindle Editions. I prefer to hold a book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. Here are a number of special reads I can recommend.
Wines of South America: The Essential Guide: The first comprehensive book on the popular wines of this continent, by master sommelier Evan Goldstein.
James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia: A new edition of this definitive book on the wines of Australia from one of the world’s most esteemed wine writers and critics.
Wine & Food: Pick the Right Wine Every Time: A thorough discussion of food-and-wine pairings by award-winning wine writer Jane Parkinson.
Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine: Maximillian Potter relates the true story of a plot to destroy the Romanee-Conti vineyard in Burgundy.
Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story: Riesling devotee, Stuart Pigott, states his case.
French Wine: An Illustrated Miscellany: Bernard Pivot authors this exceptional miscellany of facts, quotes, and interesting anecdotes about wine in general and French wine in particular. Did you know there are 441 mentions of wine in the Bible?
Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine: Kerin O’Keefe details the growers and history of these regions, for wine-knowledgeable readers.
Salt & Old Vines: True Tales of Winemaking in the Roussillon: Richard W.H. Bray relates his personal winemaking experience in the Rousillon wine region of France, as well as the biography of the region and its people.
The Winemaker’s Hand: Conversations on Talent, Technique, and Terroir: Natalie Berkowitz relates extensive interviews with winemakers from the U.S. and abroad, providing rare insight into their personal approaches.
Spectacular Wineries of Oregon: Noted wine-theme photographer Andrea Johnson presents a captivating hardcover tour of more than 60 wineries, including exquisite photographs and winery profiles.