Rick's Wine-Book Library
Learning About Wine

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People regularly ask me where they can learn more about wine. A fine wine-book library is almost as rewarding as a fine wine library. Following is a selection of wine and wine-country related books from my library.
I hope you find these as useful and entertaining as I do! Also check out the other suggestions to learn about wine! Check out what else I am reading on Rick's Library page.
Author - Title - Comments - Rating - (Click on book jacket images for full view.) 
Education or reference value -  to  - (the more the better!!)
Entertainment value - to  
Books by Peter Mayle: 
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle Anything Considered by Peter Mayle Chasing Cezanne by Peter Mayle Acquired Tastes by Peter Mayle French Lessons by Peter Mayle
  A Vintage Caper
A Good Year

A Year in Provence
Tojours Provence
Hotel Pastis   
Its a Dog's Life

Anything Considered
Chasing Cezanne  
Encore Provence
Acquired Tastes
French Lessons : Adventures With Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew
A Vineyard in Napa - Doug Shafer A Vineyard in Napa
Doug Shafer
A Vineyard In Napa chronicles the founding and history of Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley
See my review at https://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-vineyard-in-napa-by-doug-shafer.html

A Man and His Mountain
Edward Humes

The story of self-made billionaire Jess Jackson and his pursuit of his dream to build a brand of premium varietal based wine for the mass market. His accomplishments over the ensuring two and a half decades exceeded all expectations achieving the art of the possible building a multi-billion dollar wine empire. 

My review: https://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2021/02/kendall-jackson-grand-reserve.html

Perfect pairings
Ryland Peters & Small 2012
Christmas gift from sis - Jan & Bill
Great reading on all phases of enjoying wine.
Fine Wines - The Best Vintages Since 1900 By Michel Dovaz Fine Wines - The Greatest Vintages Since 1900
By Michel Dovaz 
A gift from friends Pat & Maureen Moroney
 Taste - A Life in Wine
 By Anthony Terlato 
Encyclopedia of The Wines and Domaines of France by Clive Coates MW

An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France

Clive Coates, M. W.

Breaking Away to Virginia and Maryland Wineries - Waskington Weekend  Breaking Away to Virginia and Maryland Wineries
Waskington Weekend
by Elizabeth Frazer
A Hedonist in the Cellar by Jay McInerney A Hedonist in the Cellar
Adventures in Wine
by Jay McInerney
Easy and enjoyable reading. The Wine Columnist for House & Garden features a selection of snippet vignettes that cover a wide range of wine topics from wine regions, producers, varietals to tasting techniques and protocol to other wine writers. Fun, interesting, educational reading for the neophyte to the aficionado.
- Rick McNees
Billionaire's Vineyar by Benjamin Wallace  The Billionaire's Vinegar
The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
By Benjamin Wallace
Judgement of Paris - California vs. France and the historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine Judgment of Paris
California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine
By George M. Taber
Based on a true story, the book that inspired the 2008 movie "Bottle Shock"
Napa Valley: The Land, the Wine, the People
Napa Valley: The Land, the Wine, the People
by Charles O'Rear
The House of Mondavi by Julia Flynn Siler The House of Mondavi
The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty
By Julia Flynn Siler
Harvests of Joy - by Robert Mondavi Harvests of Joy: How the Good Life Became Great Business
By Robert Mondavi
by Domine, Andre
Hardcover - 928 pages 1st Edition, Published: September 2001

The Accidental Connoisseur:
An Irreverent Journey Though the Wine World
Lawrence Osborne  

Noble Rot: A Bordeaux Wine Revolution
William Echikson  
Interesting insights into the workings and trends affecting Bordeaux, the world's leading wine region. Learn Bordeaux's personalities,  history and culture.
Wine Enthusiast Essential Wine Buying Guide 2009 Wine Enthusiast Essential Wine Buying Guide 2009
Wine Enthusiast Essential Buying Guide

Wine Enthusiast Essential Wine Buying Guide 2008

Grand Vins - The Finest Chateau of Bordeaux
Clive Coates MW; 1995, University California Press, 815 pages;
Great reading about the history of the grand chateaus.

Cote D'Or 
Clive Coates MW; 1998, University California Press
Informative, insightful, useful reference about famous French wine region
Heartbreak Grape by Marc De Villiers   The Heartbreak Grape
A California Winemakers Search for the Perfect Pinot Noir
Marc de Villiers; 1994, Harper Collins, 197 pgs.
A wonderful true story about Josh Jensen and Calera winery. Live the challenges and travails of building a business, an industry, a brand, and pursuing a dream.
Tasting Pleasures - Confessions of a Wine Lover  
(add another for working women!)
by Jancis Robinson; 1997 Viking Press, 341 pgs.
Follow Jancis, breaking into a male dominated business, then balancing a career and family in pursuit of a dream - mixing work and pleaure.
Books by Robert M. Parker Jr.:

Bordeaux by Robert M. Parker

 Bordeaux - A Comprehensive Guide  
 Burgundy - A Comprehensive Guide

Wines of the Rhone Valley by Robert M. Parker

 Wines of the The Rhone Valley
Parker's Wine Buying Guide  
Books by James Laube

California Wine by James Laube

Jame Laube -The Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide (s) for Consumers, Collectors, Investors,
Wine Spectators California Wine
California's Great Cabernets
California's Great Chardonnays
Wines of the Graves, Pamela Vandyke Price
American Wine, Anthony Dias Blue, RI,
The Great Vintage Wine Book, Michael Broadbent,  1/2
Making Sense of Burgundy; Matt Kramer
Our Story - Ernest & Julio Gallo , Times Books, 1994.
The Right Wine by Tom Maresca The Right Wine: Matching Wine with Food for Every Occasion
by Tom Maresca
Markets of Provence, A Culinary Tour of Southern France
Ruthann Long / David Wakely

Vineyard Tales by Gerald Asher

Vineyard Tales Reflections on Wine,
By Gerald Asher

Wine Spectator's Guide to Buying Wine (Seventh Edition)

Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine -
First through Eighth Editions. The quintessential book, published annually, for any collector or anyone seeking to learn more about wines as seen through the eyes of Wine Spectator magazines reviewers. Each new edition encapsulates previous editions.
Adventures on the Wine Route - A Wine Buyer's Tour of France
by Kermit Lynch
Acaedmie du Vin - Guide to French Wines
by Steven Spurrier
Walking in Wine Country
by Nigel Buxton

Chateau Latour by Michael Dovaz

Chateau Latour by Michel Dovaz
World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson
The Vintners Year   
The Book of Wine, Nicholas Bezzant

Romanee Conti by Richard Olney

Romanee-Conti : The World's Most  Fabled Wine 
by Richard Olney
Beyond the Grapes - An Inside Look at Napa Valley; 
Dan Berger, Richard Hinkle
France - A Culinary Journey - Classic Recipes from the Regions of France

French Wines by Robert Joseph

French Wines: The Essential Guide to the Wines and Wine Regions of France
by Robert Joseph

Wine & War: The French, the Nazis & the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
by Donald Kladstrup & Petie Kladstrup
Fascinating combination of history and wine tales. Insights into the roles many wine notables played in the resistance during the war, and what an amazing role wine played in in the political conflict of the times.  It truly was a national treasure that was fought over as stated, "To be a Frenchmen means to fight for your country and its wine."

The Cheese Companion - The Connoisseurs Guide
by Judy Ridgway

Indiana Wine by James and John Butler

Indiana Wine, A History, James L. Butler and John J. Butler

A history of wine growing in Indiana, with a guide to the state's wineries.

IU Press - Indiana University Press

Tra Vigne CookBook, Seasons in the California Wine Country,
Michael Chiarello
Wine books selection by John Bartlett - New Zealand wines site


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