Wine books best for information

16:00, Feb 07 2014

While the news items from wineries, offers from retailers and information from international wine-news providers that fill up my email inbox every day are interesting and keep me in touch with what is happening in the industry it is wine books of all sorts that I simply can't resist.

I have shelves full of all manner of them, from paperback annual guides to luxurious hard covered reference books as well as the occasional e-book.

If you are serious about wine or just want to learn a wee bit more about the wines you enjoy then there is a book to suit your needs and your budget.

A wine blog well worth following is written by UK-based writer Jamie Goode (

Goode is a wine journalist with a scientific background. His writing style is very easy to read, is insightful and he is not afraid to express an opinion.

Goode travels internationally regularly and his award winning blog is immensely popular worldwide.


He also publishes e-books; not an electronic version of a glossy publication, rather they tend to be focussed on a country or region and would probably not suit a printed publication.

This week I purchased ($12) his e-book about New Zealand pinot noir.

He has visited New Zealand six times in six years so is getting to know the country well and this summary of New Zealand pinot noir - its history, regions and producers - is packed with information for pinot lovers.

New Zealand's Michael Cooper publishes an annual Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines.

The 2014 edition (the 22nd and $39.99) has 3159 New Zealand wines that have been tasted and rated. This is an indispensable guide that should be on every wine buyer's coffee table for quick reference.

Cooper has also published the ultimate guide to New Zealand wine, The Wine Atlas of New Zealand.

A weighty tome, packed with beautiful photographs, precise maps and considered writing about every wine region and many wineries, it is a fantastic reference book.

New Zealand's best book store, Page & Blackmore, always has something to tempt me and my latest acquisition from them is a stunning book titled Larousse Wine - the definitive reference for wine lovers.

Since I bought it last week I have found myself picking it up and browsing its pages on a regular basis.

It covers everything from the origins of wine to making wine, choosing and storing wine, serving wine and tasting wine as well as information about the great wine regions of the world.

At $95 for a magnificent book you will refer to many times this is a great investment if you are setting out on journey learning about wine or just want to know more about wine.

Of course there are plenty of great wine and food magazines, both local and international, that are worth subscribing to.

If it is only wine information you want then buy Wine Spectator or maybe Cuisine Magazine's annual wine guide.

If you want a mix of wine and food then have a look at the UK publications, Good Food and Olive.

There are many ways to get your wine information fix but my favourite is still a book.