* Entering into the world of wine snobbery can be a daunting affair
* These books offer an entertaining, informative entry point
* Find helpful pairing guides, maps and learning interesting facts
One of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world, traces of the earliest wineries have been discovered as early as 6000 BC. A unique beverage in many ways, experts now argue that drinking red wine in moderation can actually improve heart health, as the grapes in it ferment naturally without any addition of sugars, acids or enzymes. If you’re more of a casual Wine Wednesday kind of drinker, it can seem intimidating to go toe to toe with wine aficionados. We are here to help you sound informed and cultured at your next dinner party of date with a list of five books that help you go from a five-buck-chuck to sommelier in just a few chapters. For example, did you know that most tasting experts argue that smell is actually the most important sense to employ, rather than taste? Or that there’s over 10,000 different varieties of wine grape in the world? Keep the knowledge flowing on your wine journey with the books below.
1. Stuff Every Wine Snob Should Know
This guide is pocket-sized, ideal for bringing along with you for a quick brush up before a fancy dinner or happy hour meet up. Impress your friends with fun and handy facts such as how wine is made, the best pairings, and the truth about sulfates. Whether you’re starting from square one or would just like some more robust knowledge, this book has something for everyone.
2. The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know
Choosing the right glass of wine should be an enjoyable, relaxing experience, not a stress-inducing one. In “The New Wine Rules,” Jon Bonne, former wine editor and chief wine critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, gives simple, straight forward advice that even the most green of wine drinkers can follow. He debunks myths such as only drinking Rose in Summer, and a higher price tag means better wine.
3. The Wine Bible
If you’re religiously devoted to your wine, check out this highly entertaining read by Karen MacNeil. A book that chef Bobby Flay describes as “a guide that has all the answers,” the Wine Bible combines densely packed glossaries with hilarious anecdotes and glossy maps to form a book that’s as helpful as it is lively.
4. Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine
If you’re more of a newbie to the wine snob game, this book is for you. From the minds behind WineFolly.com, winner of a Wine Blogger of the Year award, this book combines years of experience and (drinking) into a straightforward, no-nonsense read. Packed with helpful extras like a map that outlines wines by region, and a visualization of ideal pairings, get ready to spend the weekend curled up with this book and a bottle (or four).
5. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide
An Amazon #1 Bestseller in Wine Pairings, this book takes all the fantastic resources and knowledge from “Wine Folly” and elevates it. Branching out into new territory, this book explores wines from up-and-coming regions such as Greece and Hungary, and has an extensive list of over 100 grapes and wines, all color-coded. You’ll be ready to start tasting right away, as it also contains a primer on acidity and tannin, modeled after tasting techniques the experts employ.