A Toast to This Year’s Wine Books

Enjoy some good reading as you sip your wine:
from primer: The Wine Guy: Everything You Want to Know About Buying and Enjoying Wine from Someone Who Sells It by Andy Besch
to the process of winemaking: A Very Good Year: the Journey of a California Wine From Vine to Table by Mike Weiss
to the memoir of a new vintner: My First Crush: Misadventures in Wine Country by Linda Kaplan
to the arrival of American wine on the world scene: Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine by George Taber
to one person’s choices of the best current wines of America: The Great Wines of America: the Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages by Paul Lukacs
to the melding of travel, wine, and art: Untrodden Grapes by Ralph Steadman

to two massive tomes for the ardent oenophile: The Wines of the Northern Rhone by John Livingstone-Learmonth and The World’s Greatest Wines Estates by Robert M. Parker, Jr.
to a history of New Year Eve’s beverage of choice: Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times by Don and Petie Kladstrup


Thanks for this list! I ended up giving Judgment of Paris to my husband's uncle, who knows how to choose the right wine for any meal from pheasant to sushi, and who only mocks me a little when I don't drink any of it.