The Best Wine Books for Beginners – Wine Enthusiast Magazine Online

Ever mistaken White Zinfandel for a white wine? Or been lost while trying to navigate a tricky wine list? Have zero clue how to pronounce “Paso Robles”?
We’ve all been there. After all, even the most seasoned wine pros once knew nada. It can take years to master the complex world of vino, and yes, even experts have robust libraries filled with dogeared copies of favorite wine reference books.
That’s why we asked our team at Wine Enthusiast to share their favorite tried-and-true wine books. Reading these informative tomes is often the best way to up your wine know-how, whether you’re at the beginning of your wine-drinking journey or already well into it.
“Perhaps the most indispensable introduction to wine out there, and a trusted resource for years to come,” shares Print Managing Editor John Capone. “It’s an easy-to-file, yet never simplistic overview of vast swaths of wine knowledge.”
In the book, MacNeil takes her readers through a comprehensive, yet entertaining course on the fundamentals of wine. Learn everything you need to know from climate and terroir to how to master food and wine pairings.
The title of this one says it all. This  is easy to digest for wine newbies. The pages are filled with fun, informative graphics that breaks down complex subjects without skimping on the details. Learn the basics, everyday tips and techniques to help develop your palate.

“Love it. Swear by it. Still reference it from time to time,” says Tasting Director Anna-Christina Cabrales.
Few wine books can truly be called classics, but this one certainly deserves the designation. Inside, you’ll find maps and photographs that show how the wine landscape continues to evolve around the world. The most recent edition zooms in on recent changes in the global wine scene, with a wealth of information on the history that came beforehand.

Written by a New York City wine shop owner, this book dispenses with tricky graphs and hard-to-read maps in favor of plain English descriptions of general wine terms, plus a rundown of favorite American fare and the best wines to accompany them. This tome is perfect for beginners looking for something akin to a school workbook to deepen their knowledge.
Respected wine writer Katherine Cole demonstrates that pink is more than just a pretty color in this rosé-focused book. “Aside from the pretty-and-pink illustrations and infographics, this book served as a comprehensive guide throughout my journey as a rosé novice,” shares Digital Editorial Assistant Jaime Brown. Cole delves into the rich history of rosé through regional descriptions, food-pairing suggestions and savvy advice on how to start a collection of your own.
This collection essays from a novelist-turned-wine-columnist details the author’s early days as an oenophile. “He brings a novelist’s flair and imagination to stories about wines and the people who make them,” shares Capone. Amazon reviewers applaud Mclnerney’s approachable reporting and narrative skills, which Capone believes can lure anyone into the world of wine. “It’s not a reference book at all, but following McInerney down into the cellar is infectious.”
What’s the big deal about wine? Sommelier and blogger Bianca Bosker posed this same question before becoming infatuated with its complexity. This pick reads like a story and is as intoxicating as it is informative—making it an inspiring way to kickstart your own wine journey.
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Sogrape 2020 Silk & Spice Red (Portuguese Table Wine)
Portuguese Red
$14
Rating: 90
Two Birds One Stone 2021 Carignan (Vin de France)
Carignan
$11
Rating: 88
Piattelli 2020 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Tupungato)
Cabernet Sauvignon
$25
Rating: 90
Daou 2019 Mayote Red (Adelaida District)
Bordeaux-style Red Blend
$125
Rating: 97
Daou 2019 Eye of the Falcon Reserve Red (Paso Robles)
Bordeaux-style Red Blend
$75
Rating: 95
Daou 2020 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)
Pinot Noir
$28
Rating: 91
Moniker 2021 La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay (Mendocino)
Chardonnay
$25
Rating: 92
Marqués de la Concordia 2019 Lagunilla Crianza (Rioja)
Tempranillo
$15
Rating: 90
Matthews 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))
Cabernet Sauvignon
$34
Rating: 94
Balletto 2019 Burnside Road Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)
Pinot Noir
$52
Rating: 92
Naveran 2018 Perles Roses Cuvée Antonia Sparkling (Cava)
Sparkling
$37
Rating: 92
Bodegas Mediterráneas 2019 The Tapas Wine Collection Tempranillo (Jumilla)
Tempranillo
$12
Rating: 87
Protos 2019 Protos ’27 (Ribera del Duero)
Tempranillo
$35
Rating: 90
Casa Primicia 2014 Gran Reserva (Rioja)
Tempranillo
$64
Rating: 95
Berryessa Gap 2021 Sauvignon Blanc (Yolo County)
Sauvignon Blanc
$24
Rating: 91
Cornarea 2020 Roero Arneis
Italian White
$24
Rating: 91
Lagar de Indra 2021 Albariño (Rías Baixas)
Albariño
$18
Rating: 90
Larchago 2021 Rosé (Rioja)
Rosé
$15
Rating: 90
Bodegas Tagua Tagua 2020 Syrah (Central Valley)

$10
Rating: 87
Esteban Martín 2018 Garnacha-Syrah-Tempranillo 6M Red (Cariñena)
Red Blends
$18
Rating: 92
Rack & Riddle NV Brut Sparkling (California)
Sparkling
$15
Rating: 92
Yalumba 2021 The Y Series Viognier (South Australia)
Viognier
$15
Rating: 91
OZV 2020 Old Vine Estate Grown Zinfandel (Lodi)
Zinfandel
$15
Rating: 92
Dark Horse 2021 Pinot Grigio (California)

$9
Rating: 90
Bogle 2021 Sauvignon Blanc (California)
Sauvignon Blanc
$11
Rating: 88
The Beachhouse 2021 Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape)
Sauvignon Blanc
$10
Rating: 86
Pacific Redwood 2020 Organic Syrah (California)

$15
Rating: 90
Rui Roboredo Madeira 2019 Castello d’Alba Reserva Red (Douro)
Portuguese Red
$14
Rating: 93
City Limits 2020 Street Art Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

$15
Rating: 93
DFJ Vinhos 2019 Vega Red (Douro)
Portuguese Red
$12
Rating: 90
Pacific Rim 2021 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))
Riesling
$13
Rating: 90
The Pinot Project 2020 Pinot Noir (California)
Pinot Noir
$13
Rating: 90
J. Lohr 2020 Riverstone Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco)
Chardonnay
$14
Rating: 90
SeaGlass 2021 Pinot Grigio (Central Coast)

$14
Rating: 90
Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler 2020 Riesling (Mosel)
Riesling
$13
Rating: 89
Produttori di Manduria 2020 Alice Verdeca (Salento)
Italian White
$15
Rating: 90
Goose Ridge 2021 g3 Estate Grown Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))
Chardonnay
$15
Rating: 90
Masottina 2021 Collezione 96 Brut Rosé (Prosecco)
Sparkling
N/A
Rating: 90
Cupcake 2020 Chardonnay (Monterey County)
Chardonnay
$11
Rating: 88
Mezzacorona 2021 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie)

$11
Rating: 88
Giocato 2020 Pinot Grigio (Goriska Brda)

$13
Rating: 88
Waterbrook 2021 Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley (WA))

$11
Rating: 87
Prost 2020 Riesling (Rheinhessen)
Riesling
$14
Rating: 89
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