Books all wine nerds should have in their library

A question I get asked a lot in my DM's: what wine books do I recommend?

These are great to have on hand for quick resource or when a thirst for non-fiction inspiration strikes.

Here's a recent list of what I've purchased in the last year.

Post Modern Winemaking

Clark Smith

Not for the faint of heart - this is heavy on the technical side, appropriate for the more advanced wine professional.

Entangled Life

Merlin Sheldrake

Not centered on wine at all, rather, a fascinating look into the world of fungi and the various sordid tales of its author, Merlin Sheldrake, from hunting for truffles to experimenting with psilocybin.

The One-Straw Revolution

Masanobu Fukuoka

Also not a wine book - this is the story of Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, and how he reinvented rice farming via the use of permaculture.

Wines of the French Alps & Jura Wine

Wink Lorch

I'd long admired the writing and works of Wink Lorch so I finally bit the bullet and purchased both her books on the wines of the Savoie and Jura. These are great references to have on hand for any wine student.

Noble Rot: Wine from Another Galaxy

Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew

I've long been a fan of acclaimed wine zine Noble Rot, so when I learned they recently published a book, I knew I needed it. The photography and packaging is beautiful, and makes for a great coffee table book.

Chateau Musar: The Story of a Wine Icon

Various contributors, edited by Susan Keevil

A must have for any wine lover's collection.

Sherry: Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent!

Ben Howkins

You're a real wine lover when you can appreciate and understand the beauty of sherry.


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