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Books on wine intro and wine making?

Posted by HS Law, Jun 10, 2009.

Does anyone have some recommendations of books on wine making or just wine introduction in general? Thanks!


Reply by bluue13, Jun 10, 2009.

The Joy of Home Winemaking by Terry Garey is a great resource. I use it for all the wine i make. Good luck!

Reply by cabulous, Jun 11, 2009.

Grapes and Wines (The Definitive Guide to the World's Great Grapes and the Wines They Make) by Oz Clarke

Reply by Greg Roberts, Jun 12, 2009.

The best into book imo is The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil. It was published back in '01 but its still a great intro wine book.

Reply by dmcker, Aug 7, 2009.

Before spending a lot of money on property and/or grapes, I suppose the next time you go to Disneyland, you can stop nearby and make your own blend and see how that goes...

Reply by h2w4, Aug 7, 2009.

by far my two favorite books for winemaking which I reference often are:

"Principles and Practices of Winemaking" by Boulton, Singleton, Bisson and Kunkee. All current and former UC Davis Enology Professors. It is a great general guide to winemaking.

If you really get into it another great reference is "Wine Analysis and Production" by Zoecklein, Fugelsang, Gump and Nury; Professors from Cal State Fresno, and Virginia Polytech. It is a great encyclopedia for wine chemical analyses. It includes detailed instructions on how to run the most common wine chemical analyses from Free Sulfur Dioxide to Tannn levels. Most of the analyses in the book have been replaced recently with Spectrophotometer/Enzymatic analyses, but most homewinemakers (and small scale wineries) don't have access to a Spectrophotometer.

Reply by ruobingchen, Aug 12, 2009.

Wine for dummies is a great introduction! they use it to teach the wine course at our school!

Reply by comizar, Sep 16, 2009.

WineMaker magazine is a great resource as well. While not necessarily a book they do make a guide for kits If you want to start there.

Also, a great online resource is Jack Keller's website at It's one of the most frequented sites for anything related to wine making.

Reply by Muchkabouche, Oct 7, 2009.

I have learned a lot about wine from Karen MacNeil's title, "The Wine Bible." What has helped me is learning about the wine producing areas around the world. Knowing what each is known for, has helped me to better know what to expect from a given wine that I may shop for. From growing grapes, to understanding the wine culture verbage, and how to "taste" a wine, it is very helpful. I read in it every night to my wife, who shares my passion in learning about wine.

If you are looking at learning or honing your skills at tasting and observing nuances in every glass of wine you have (thus helping to remember what you drink), DeLong's Wine Tasting Notebook has been a nice help for me. I find that it has helped me focus on what I am drinking for the 1st time, thus helping me put into words what I am experiencing. That has helped me instantly recall experiences in wines whenever I see wine labels while shopping, or browsing on Snooth. Cheers.

Reply by WineFlair, Oct 8, 2009.

First, I would never buy a book that tried to start a relationship with me by calling me a "dummy."

For home winemaking:
The Winemaker's Answer Book, by Alison Crowe, Storey Press
From Vines to Wines, by Jeff Cox, also Storey Press
Modern Winemaking, by Philip Jackisch, Cornell University Press

General Wine Knowledge:
How to Taste, by Jancis Robinson, Simon & Schuster
Wine from Grape to Glass by Jens Priewe, Abbeville Press
Jancis Robinson's Wine Course, by Jancis (of course), Abbeville Press

Modern US Wine History:
Napa, by James Conaway, Avon
The House of Mondavi, by Julia Flynn Siler, Gotham Books

Just Plain Fun:
Adventures on the Wine Route, by Kermit Lynch, North Point Press (F,S&G)
Noble Rot, by William Echikson, W.W. Norton and Co.
Red, White and Drunk All Over, by Natalie McLean, Bloomsbury

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