Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack. This delightful books describes the red and white wines we all enjoy by describing the profile, the dominant flavors, origin and where the grapes are grown, the styles and sweeetness levels. The guide to learning to taste wine and the basic characteristics of wine are very helpful. The Wine Regions of the world are described, clearly and concisely. Keep it at your bedside and on top of your wine refrigerator.
A Companion to California Wine by Charles Sullivan is an encyclopedia of wine and wine making from the Mission period to the Present. All aspects of wine are included in wine production from vine propagation to bottling. He describes 750 wineries and over 100 grape varietals in historical context. Charles L. Sullivan is often referred to as the modern historian of California wine.
For those who love history but do not have much time, try The History of Wine in 100 Bottles: from Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond by Oz Clarke. Photographs and vivid descriptions will take you from 6,000 BC to Greece where the spread of the wine and the vine was launched in Europe to the history of bottles, famous vintners and vintages, land mark tastings, innovations and discoveries as well as fraud in the wine world all through the ages.
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