Question: “I'm interested in learning more about wine, can you recommend a few good wine books for beginners that don't jump right into technical jargon?" F.A., White Plains, NY
Answer: There are many great wine books available and some certainly dive quickly into the deep end of the fermentation tank with technical information. Here are three inexpensive wine books that are great for beginners:
The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide To Becoming A Wine Expert by Richard Betts. Don't let the humorous title mislead you, the author provides a solid base of information regarding how wine grapes are grown, how wine is made and how to taste in simple, easy to understand language.
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide To Wine by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack. A more in-depth approach to understanding everything wine. Includes excellent illustrations that simplify most of the information presented.
Grapes & Wines: A Comprehensive Guide to Varieties and Flavours by Oz Clark and Margaret Rand. A classic in wine circles with information for beginners and those interested in a more in-depth exploration of wine production from vineyard to bottle.
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