Here at Latah Creek, we are firm believers that readers are leaders! Looking to brush up on your wine knowledge? Curl up with a glass of your favorite wine and one of these top ten beginner’s wine books to wow your friends with all you know about your favorite beverage!

  1. Wine Folly: The Master Guide

Detailing more than 100 grapes and wines, this overnight sensation is the ultimate guide for anyone looking to grow their knowledge on wine! Color-coded by style, it’s easy to navigate and understand. A must read for all wine-enthusiasts!

2. The World Atlas of Wine

Andrew Jefford of Decanter says this is “The most useful single volume on wine ever published... If I owned only one wine book, it would be this one.” This 8th and most recent edition has the most up-to-date information about wine, with 416 new pages and 22 new maps added in the last six years!

3. The Wine Bible

If you’re looking to hone in on the fundamentals of wine, this is the book for you! Macneil covers vineyards and varietals, climate and terroir, the nine attributes of a wine’s greatness, and also includes tips and tricks, fun facts, stories, definitions, pictures and maps, as well as labels and her personal recommendations!

4. The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know

The world of wine can be complicated and overwhelming. Jon Bonnè to the rescue! His goal is to make every wine-drinker confident by helping strip away all the needless extra information surrounding wine. This book is exactly what it claims to be–genuinely helpful in guiding you to everything you actually NEED to know.

5. Wine Simple: A Totally Approachable Guide from a World-Class Sommelier

The name Aldo Sohm is almost synonymous with the word wine. One of the most respected sommeliers in the world, Sohm takes his wealth of information and pairs it down to a dynamic guide to wine that is digestible and, dare we say, essential for any and all wine connoisseurs!

6. Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

“Uncork your inner sommelier and sip confidently with Wine: A Beginner’s Guide.” OOOH, we like the sound of that! Learn to taste right, pour with poise, and perfectly match with this quick and simple beginner’s guide to all things wine!

7. The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Okay now THIS is a fun one. You read that right–a scratch and sniff guide to wine! Take yourself back to elementary school days and smell your way through this guide as you learn to recognize basic components of different wines!

8. What to Drink with What you Eat

This quadruple prize-winning book is an absolute must-read when it comes to food and wine pairing. It boasts that it “provides the most comprehensive guide to matching food and drink ever compiled”!

9. Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food

Perfect for both professionals and amateurs, this guide walks through twelve different grape varietals, sparkling wines, and dessert wines to teach you how to best pair your favorite wines with your favorite foods. Including six seasonal and special occasion menus, this is a book you’ll find yourself returning to again and again!

10. The Food & Wine Guide to Perfect Pairings

Last but certainly not least is this must have cookbook for all wine lovers. You’ll never again worry about which wine to pair with your meals as you work your way through each chapter organized by type of wine!

Happy reading!