A list of books about winemaking, wine tasting & pairings in no particular order
1. Wine Folly · A Visual Guide to the World of Wine
by Madeline Puckette & Justin Hammack
No list of books about wine would be complete without this Wine Folly book. Even if you’re not totally in love the world of wine, then this book is still the perfect coffee table book. It is visually beautiful and packed with information that keeps you going back to it time and time again.
Wine Folly is not only full of information about the history wine, types of wine, regions and grapes it also gives great tips for things like; the kind of glasses to use, the calories in a bottle of wine (yikes), pairing recommendations and tasting wine.
2. Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World’s Top Wine Professionals
by Rajat Parr & Jordan Mackay
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel around the world and dedicate your life to tasting wines as an expert Sommelier? Well wonder no more. Get an insight into this intriguing world via Rajat Parr’s impressive knowledge of wines and understand how a professional sommelier builds strong relationships with producers, deep relationships with producers. Rajat was in charge of the wine at Michael Mina restaurant group and now owns his own wineries in Oregon and California, USA.
3. The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting
by Neel Burton
If you’re looking for beautiful illistrations and anecdotes for the coffee table then this is not the book for you! This book is mainly text based, give a take a few maps and may not be the best book about waine tasting for a beginner looking at learning the basics of wine tasting. This valuable guide to tasting and blind tasting is written by Oxford academics and is perfect for professionals as well as a very useful reference for studying wine course such as WSET and MW.
4. The Flavour Thesaurus
by Niki Segnit
This is an elegant book which like some other books on the list would fit perfectly as a coffee table selection. Niki makes a selection of 99 flavours grouped into pairing ideas and accompanies them with marvellous essays.
We not only get pairing suggestions, anecdotes and history but Niki also delves into the technical, chemical nature of taste and does so really eloquently.
5. Wine Simple: A Totally Approachable Guide from a World-Class Sommelier
by Aldo Sohm
Another beautifully illustrated book popping with colourful infographics and hands on information. Aldo’s life mission is to strip away the or pretentiousness that is sometimes associated with the world of wine. Like his title suggests, he wants to keep things simple and accessible. Even though Aldo has worked with top-flight Michelin starred restaurants, his approach is certainly casual. The book is full of really useful cheat sheets and how-to-guides and maintains a bright, fun approach to everything wine.
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