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Old 09-24-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: In the city
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Anyone out there got a favorite wine book? I am looking to build up my library. I know probably an intermediate amount about wine, but love to have great books to reference when I am stumped.

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Old 09-24-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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Jancis Robinson's Oxford Companion to Wine is the standard for wine encyclopedias.... a true reference book. Unfortunately it was published back in '06 so it's not as up to date as it could be, especially in wine geeky topics like Greek producers, orange wines, biodynamic wineries, cool-climate California pinots.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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I'll tell you the truth, things move so quickly in the wine world that I can't even remember the last time I cracked a book on the topic. It's so much simpler, and more up to date to use the internet. When I'm buying wine, I have my smartphone out, checking what I see.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:25 AM
 
Location: In the city
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That's true. The internet is a great tool for this. But I like having a couple of good reference books as well, even if they go out of date fast.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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It would be easier to be more specific with what you want out of a wine book. French wines, California wines, varietals, how to taste, years to buy, good buys, history, wine making, etc...the list goes on and on.
A subscription to Wine Spectator if you do not already have one is a good start.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil is another good reference.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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"The best wine is the wine you like best."

--Jim Trezise, New York Wine & Grape Foundation, on all you need to know to be a wine expert.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil is another good reference.
I agree. That book is a must have.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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I like WineWise, by Steven Kolpan. Lots of good information, a nicely organized reference.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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Jancis Robinson's Oxford Companion to Wine is the standard for wine encyclopedias.... a true reference book. Unfortunately it was published back in '06 so it's not as up to date as it could be, especially in wine geeky topics like Greek producers, orange wines, biodynamic wineries, cool-climate California pinots.
None of them spend enough time (or in some cases any!) on three wine regions poised to become major players over the next two decades, South Africa, Argentina, and Croatia. They also miss the boat on what I think is going to be the hottest wine region in the US in 15 years, Washington State.
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