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Wine lovers are spoilt for choice this season with the release of three comprehensive wine books worthy of both wine professionals and amateur's attention. There's something to appeal to everyone's palette whether in search of a quick reference guide or a more in-depth insight into the wine industry as a whole.
Here's a summary of three of the best wine guides on offer this Christmas.
1) The Wine Bible
First up is the completely revised and updated edition of the best selling wine book 'The Wine Bible'. Praised as “the most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject” (Danny Meyer) the new edition from Karen MacNeil remains as readable and meticulously researched as before.
MacNeil tasted over 10,000 wines in her thirst for knowledge as well as travelling to wine regions all over the world in her dedicated research. The results are captured in her idiosyncratic writing style which has the unique capacity to both entertain and inform at the same time in an overwhelming 1,000 pages. New to this year's edition are wines from China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia.
2) Wine Folly
From the creators of the award-wining website 'WineFolly.com' comes this essential new guide destined to appeal to a younger generation of hip wine drinkers. Building on visuals and easy to manage information this is a great introductory guide that gives simple answers to a modern wine lifestyle.
Wine guidance is given on popular topics, like food and wine pairing, arming readers with the confidence to select, serve and talk about wine with a level of informed knowledge. A perfect go-to guide for any festive occasion.
3) The Oxford Companion to Wine
Jancis Robinson highlights some of the big changes in the world of wine production updates in this fourth edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine.
First published in 1994 this is the fourth edition of the award winning encyclopaedic style guide containing almost 4,000 entries on wine and all related topics with over 187 top local wine experts contributions.
Unlike any other wine book on the market the Oxford Companion offers a more contextual understanding of wine including it's history, cultural, and scientific factors which make it perfect for browsing and ultimately a wine lover's ideal companion.
The Oxford Companion to Wine (Oxford Companions) Hardcover – October 1, 2015 by Jancis Robinson (Editor), Julia Harding (Editor) Available from Amazon