To bump up my education on wine and guide me on this journey, I’ve invested time (and money) into some resources that you may find helpful. I hope to keep this a running list of items – with links – for books, websites, and tools I have either used myself, or which I think may be useful. Sure, you can get them elsewhere, but I tend to shop on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, so links to items I’ve purchased will likely direct you there.
Here are some useful books I’ve found and/or read along this journey:
- The Wine Bible
- Wine Trails: 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country
- Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine
- Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking
- Windows on the World: Complete Wine Course
Some other websites that I’ve found invaluable:
- Wine Folly’s Blog (I love the way the information is presented. It’s easy to navigate and goes in depth without overwhelming)
- Wine information from Napa Valley? This seems like a no-brainer.
And let’s not forget to mention some other, fun items for wine lovers:
- Moleskine’s Wine Journal – it essentially guides you through a tasting.
- Another option is the Wine Tasting Notebook
- Don’t want the journal? Try Wine Folly’s Tasting Placemats!
- Vacu Vin Wine Saver (I use this all the time – it helps preserve your wine a little longer, which is nice if you don’t finish the bottle in one or two days)
- Movies: Somm, Somm: Into the Bottle, and Somm 3 are really interesting! The first follows some folks who are studying for the Master Sommelier exam; the second includes some of those same people and goes beyond tasting, diving into what the process is like and the experience of wine, without being dry (though I do like dry wines); the third resists The Judgement of Paris tasting and reenacts it with its own twist with some very big names in wine.