Indispensible reading

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Bethany Harpur 4 posts

Jancis Robinson’s “Oxford Companion to Wine”, Ox Clarke’s “Encyclopedia of Grapes”, and “Great Tastes Made Simple” by Andrea Immer are all on my shelf and frequently referenced. For lighter reading, Nat MacLean’s “Red, White and Drunk all Over”, and Kamp & Lynch’s “Wine Snob’s Dictionary” can’t be beat.

Dan Haggarty 3 posts

I’m rather partial to The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson.

The Analyst 7 posts

It may not sound as classy as Oxford or Sotheby’s, but Wine for Dummies is actually a very easy to read reference book – and not just for beginners. It’s got appellation maps, lists of recommended wineries and descriptions of all the major and lesser known varietals. Like most “for Dummies” books, it’s written by experts in their field.

Cat Mandoo 3 posts

I like Billys Best Bottles to aid in my LCBO purchases… recently attended one of his seminars and it was loads of fun!! Highly recommended.

winefanatic 5 posts

Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson’s World Atlas of Wine is very useful. The New France by Andrew Jefford is also terrific.

Carol Ann Jessiman Administrator 27 posts

I was given a copy of the “Windows on The World – Complete Wine Course” (Kevin Zraly). It’s great. It’s really like a text book for learning about wine and it even has little quizzes and the end of each chapter to test your retention.


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Here’s my two books+ worth… since I’m not much of a reader I go for the condensed versions. ‘The Pocket Wine Encyclopedia’ (Whitecap) is my quick reference and ‘The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO’ by Rod Phillips has been a source for reviews of wines in my price bracket. HJ & JR’s World Atlas gives me a workout when I feel like lifting it. (Rod Phillips 3rd Edition for 2010 is on the shelves)


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We had guests yesterday and shared many things one being a new-to-me reference book from Jancis Robinson: Guide to Wine Grapes. Only 800 grape types described but it’s a start.


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I ‘won’ a wine book called The Wine Trials 2010. The early chapters described tastings under various circumstances. Anyone claiming to be a ‘wine reviewer’ owes it to his audience to clarify the circumstances for his tasting notes as so many factors can alter his/her tasting. I understand Wine Trials 2011 is out now …. another POV and likely worth a read.

Janet Grondin 7 posts

My fav (especially for newbies, and because she’s Canadian) is Natalie McLean’s Red, White and Drunk All Over. Written in every day (read non wineo) language and full of interesting anecdotes.