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5 Best Wine Books to Inspire Exploration

October 15, 2021

Written By Coravin

Here at Coravin, it’s our mission to inspire wine exploration through innovations that give everyone the power of choice. That said, we know that you need more than just a Coravin wine preservation to drink wine. For starters, you’ll need a bottle of wine (duh), a glass, and we highly encourage investing in resources to inspire you – specifically wine books and journals. 

Our range of products – Pivot, Timeless, and Sparkling – enable you to pour a glass of wine from any bottle you own without worrying about how quickly you will finish it. Our selection of wine books below will encourage you to explore different regions and varietals without the guilt that comes from buying too much or pouring spoiled wine down the drain.

Here are some of the best wine books from our esteemed friends in the wine industry. 

5 Best Wine Books to Inspire Exploration

The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil

If you’ve studied wine or hospitality, odds are you already have this book on your shelf. This best-seller by Karen MacNeil is used and recommended by every top wine school, hospitality management school, wine diploma program, and even the Court of Master Sommeliers in the U.S. The Wine Bible grounds the reader in the fundamentals of wine while layering in amusing anecdotes, interesting facts, important definitions, maps, and more. In our interview with Karen MacNeil, she gives us a look at what it took to write The Wine Bible including visiting every major wine region in the world and tasting over 10,000 wines.

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Wine Regions and Innovations in Glassware with Karen MacNeil

The 24-Hour Wine Expert by Jancis Robinson

Many members of the Coravin team have this wine book on their bookshelves. Jancis Robinson, a luminary in the wine world, and her nearly pocket-sized book helps the reader learn the most important wine facts in a matter of hours. With The 24-Hour Wine Expert, Robinson shares her expertise with authority, wit, and approachability, helping the reader shop for wine, read labels, and how to match wine with food.

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition by Madeline Puckette

If you follow wine accounts on social media, Wine Folly is probably one of them. The team’s approach to wine education is playful, informative, and easily digested by the wine novice and pro alike. This expanded hardcover Magnum Edition edition of Wine Folly: The Master Guide, is the perfect for anyone looking to take their wine knowledge to the next level. It’s a great coffee table book to call on regularly to learn more about the wine’s tasting notes, ideal pairings, and similar wines. Hear more from the author – and Wine Folly co-founder, Madeline Puckette.

Hardbound Wine Tasting Notebook by De Long

We had to throw in at least one tasting journal. Having a record of the wines you’ve tasted and what you liked or didn’t like about each is a great way to inspire further exploration. The Hardbound Wine Tasting Notebook by De Long is small enough to fit in a purse or coat pocket. Each page includes multiple choice sections for things like color, color clarity, aroma intensity, and more. There’s also a hand pamflet with must-know wine tasting terms to help you build your wine tasting vocabulary.

The World Atlas of Wine (8th Edition) by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson

The last must-have wine book on our list is another one by Jancis Robinson. Co-authored with Hugh Johnson, the solo author for all editions published before 2004, The World Atlas of Wine (8th Edition) is a 416-page encyclopedia of wines from every corner of the world. The latest edition features 230 maps, revised introductions, new sections on climate change, and special pages devoted to St Helena, British Columbia, Uruguay, Brazil, Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus. Wine nerds need this one. 

Looking to explore more wines by the pour? Check out our wine region maps, tasting notebooks, and educational posters. You can shop the Coravin marketplace for any accessories you need to sip and enjoy.

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