What’s better than drinking wine? Reading about it. Just kidding. Drinking it is always better.

Sometimes being a wine connoisseur can get a little confusing. Luckily, we’ve got a few books that will help you navigate this sometimes-confusing world of wine, so you can get back to the important stuff: drinking it.

Trevor’s Picks: “Gallo Be Thy Name” and “To Cork or Not To Cork”

Have you guys met Trevor? He’s the one at the helm here at Terrific Tours. When it comes to wine books, the guy knows what he’s talking about. If you happen to run into him on one of your wine tours of Sonoma County, he’ll be more than happy to share his favorite books about wine.

If you’re not planning on heading here anytime soon, here are two books that will help you live vicariously through Trevor.

Gallo Be Thy Name: The Inside Story of How One Family Rose to Dominate the U.S. Wine Market

We’ve all heard the name Gallo. For some, it’s a name reminiscent of college parties and family reunions. For others, the Gallo name is synonymous with ‘cheap’ vino. Despite your opinions about the wine itself, the Gallo family is a tour de force in the U.S. wine world.

Not only have they created a wine empire (you’re probably drinking more Gallo wine than you know if you’re just basing your consumption on the labels), but they have overcome some hardcore hardships.

This book is a peek behind the Gallo family curtain — and definitely worth a read.

To Cork or Not to Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science and the Battle for the Wine Bottle

It’s the age-old argument: what materials should be used to seal a wine bottle? Is cork the best material? Or, is it appropriate to seal a wine bottle with a screw-top cap?

“To Cork or Not to Cork” was written by George M Taber, the mastermind behind the best-selling book “Judgment of Paris,” detailing the historic 1976 California vs. France wine tasting. (See: Runners-up category.)

While cork has been demonized as a material unworthy of sealing wine, its popularity has grown in the past 50 years.

What is the definitive answer? Taber explores the opinions of top wine experts.

Best Wine Books of 2018

If you crave more contemporary books about wine, these books released in 2018 will help you understand today’s wine industry.

Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to \Think andDrink Like the World’s Top Wine Professionals

Have you ever wanted to get into the clandestine world of sommeliers? Have you ever wondered if wine tasting is as serious as it seems — or if it’s all \justsmoke and mirrors?

“Secrets of Sommeliers” takes you behind the curtain. It’s kind of the “Kitchen Confidential” of the wine world. Written by Rajat Parr (the Mina Group’s /winedirector), this wine bible includes stories of the wine community’s most prestigious leaders. You’ll also find out what wines Parr happens to love \(and why).

The New Wine Rules

Do you ever feel like the ‘rules’ of wine change so frequently that you just can’t keep up? Jon Bonne’s 2017 bible on the basics of wine will help you \navigatethe sometimes overwhelming world of vino. He helps you break it down, so you can simply focus on the wines you love — without worrying if you’re \getting it‘right.’

Best Wine Books of All Time

World Atlas of Wine

Plenty of professionals in the wine industry name “World Atlas of Wine” as one of their fave books on the subject of all things vino. The book is a great visual aid (and an even better coffee table book). If you’ve ever felt confused about the origins of varietals, you’ll learn everything you need to know (and more) in the few hours it takes to flip through this book.

Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass

Alice Feiring is a James Beard Award-winning travel and wine columnist. Her blog The Feiring Line is considered one of the best wine blogs out there. She’s a major supporter of natural wine.

If you’ve ever felt confused about the link between soil and wine, this book is for you. She makes connections between wines from all over the world — based on the soil in which the grapes grow. Her writing style is both engaging and enticing.


We love wine books (obv.). But because we know you’ve only got so much time to read, we’re cutting this list short. If you didn’t see anything that struck your fancy on this list, consider reading: