Recommended Wine Books

The WineSpeed and Wine Bible teams have been sheltering-at-home like you, and we’ve realized this is the perfect time to turn to some of our most treasured wine books. Here are some we recommend that have moved us, taught us, entertained us, helped us, and inspired us the most. Get yourself a copy or two, pour yourself a glass (see my fun recommendations), sit back, and enjoy.  —Karen


Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

by Bianca Bosker

Winner of 2018 M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing.

“The fascinating exploits of a wine outsider ferreting out the secrets of our industry, told in a hilariously conspiratorial tone.” – Anne-Marie Failla

“One of the most compelling, enjoyable wine reads ever. It would certainly be my #1.” – Jerusha Frost

Try a mind-bending wine like this GRAN MORAINE Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. My old tasting notes say: “Damn, if I had had this wine blind, I would have guessed it was a white Burgundy.”


Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy

by Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch

“Conveys how Italy’s 20 regions each have their own distinctive personalities, and how these personalities manifest themselves in the wines.”  – Nina Rosas

“Pure loveliness wrapped in maps and facts.” – Jodi Bronchstein

Pair with a rugged Barbera like this one from GUIDO PORRO in Piedmont, Italy, or any Italian red. Che Figo!


The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It

by Tilar J. Mazzeo

“A rousing account of how a young widow steered Champagne House Veuve Clicquot to prestige and fame.”  – Susan Wong

Raise a toast to the merry widow with a non-vintage VEUVE CLICQUOT Brut!



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