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20 Best Books About Wine & Vineyards For Everyday Readers

Uncover the best books about wine. These fictional and nonfiction wine books will teach you more and transport you to vineyards around the world.

As wine lovers and travelers, we cannot read enough books set on vineyards. We dream of winetasting in Italy, France, South Africa, Portugal, New Zealand, and California.

Plus, we crave those wine novels that teach us more about World War 2, winemaking, and the power and strength of home and family. Some fictional wine books even make us laugh and fall in love.

As non-sommeliers and wine professionals, we also appreciate books about wine to teach us the basics.

While we much prefer drinking wine, we are curious about which wines are acceptable for host(ess) gifts, how to translate that complicated-looking label, and how to pick a good but affordable bottle for ourselves.

Below, find the best books about wine as recommended by professionals, friends, and casual wine drinkers for everyday readers. These wine books might not be the best if you are seeking certification, though.

However, authors like Bosker will share their experiences with sommelier certification, and you’ll find plenty of biographical nonfiction wine books to learn more about important players’ key contributions and the wine industry.

Heck, we will even mention a few wine podcasts, and we promise some of these novels about wine will transport you to new destinations and time periods.

We are not experts in wine, but we sure are experts in drinking and enjoying it. Don’t forget to let us know your favorite books about wine in the comments. Let’s get started!

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Best Nonfiction Books About Wine For Everyday Readers

By Tori Curran

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The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine by Benjamin Wallace

One of the most riveting wine books, The Billionaire’s Vinegar uncovers a century’s old mystery of one of the world’s most expensive and sought-after bottles of wine.

In 1985, a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, which was rumored to have been previously owned by Thomas Jefferson, sold at auction for $156,000.

Unearthed by music manager and wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, secrets and questions quickly arose. Why wouldn’t Rodenstock reveal exactly where he found it?

Was it really in a Paris cellar for two hundred years, or was it found in a Nazi bunker? Is Rodenstock’s secrecy indicative of something more sinister?

Coupled with a brief history of old wine vintages, Wallace presents what could be one of the most elaborate cons of all time.

Read The Billionaire’s Vinegar: Amazon | Goodreads

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Secrets of the Sommeliers by Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay

Parr, a restaurant wine director, and Mackay, journalistic wine editor and contributor for The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Gourmet, deliver one of the best overall books about wine and wine professionals.

Part history, part insider’s guide to buying and tasting wine, discover the fascinating world of trained sommeliers.

Parr’s own extensive knowledge of wine, along with the authors’ unique interviews with some of the world’s most elite sommeliers, present a crash course in wine tasting and buying.

Uncover the best varietals from each region, strategies for securing wine at the right price, and inside scoop to mind-blowing food pairings.

Read Secrets of the Sommeliers: Amazon | Goodreads

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Wine: A Tasting Course by Marnie Old

Wine is a simple yet comprehensive introductory “tasting course” from acclaimed sommelier Marnie Old, who believes the best way to learn about wine is through taste.

Immerse yourself in the senses used to taste wine, learn to identify the various parts and flavors of wine in a glass, and understand the terminology that might have you lost.

Chapter checklists help to provide an understanding of each lesson while colorful diagrams aid in explaining the wine-making process as well as visualizing wine regions across the world.

While colorful and fun, Old’s comprehensive wine book is far from juvenile.

Read Wine: A Tasting Course: Amazon | Goodreads

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The New Wine Rules by Jon Bonné

Forget about the snobbery and complicatedness. Bonné aims to deliver one of the best books about wine to regular people who simply like to drink but get caught up in the stress around selecting the right wine.

An acclaimed wine writer himself, Bonné cuts through the immense expert advice to hand-deliver just what you need to know in order to taste and select wine in simple, easy-to-digest “rules.”

Learn what wines to bring to specific occasions, how to properly store wine, and why price isn’t always the biggest indicator of a wine’s value.

With advice that transcends the glass – such as don’t save your best bottles for more than a rainy day –  you might have a new outlook on life as well.

Read The New Wine Rules: Amazon | Goodreads

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Wine by André Dominé

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a textbook for learning about wine, this is the answer.

First introduced to me by a wine educator and French café owner in the Virginia mountains, this is her personal pick for a comprehensive wine education course.

And when we say comprehensive, we’re discussing much, much more than simply tasting and selecting wine.

Donimé presents everything – and we mean everything – there is worth knowing about wine to his readers in an 800+ page book.

Find varietals and terroir in each region, the functions of various wine bottles, corks, and glasses, the different winemaking processes, storage, and more.

You’ll even touch on biodynamics, vineyard pests and diseases, and the wine delivery process.

Definitely not for the novice, Wine (simply and aptly titled) will truly immerse you in the world of wine.

Read Wine: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman who Ruled It by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Discover the riveting biography of the widow behind one of the world’s most prominent Champagne empires.

A visionary who took on her husband’s small wine business when she was widowed at 27, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Cliquot spearheaded an effort to develop early Champagnes using a novel technique.

Follow the story of a tempered and bold businesswoman, and the success of her Champagne house, Veuve Clicquot, that still bears her name today.

Read The Widow Clicquot: Amazon | Goodreads

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American Wino by Dan Dunn

What’s a professional booze writer, former Playboy columnist, and self-proclaimed beer connoisseur to do when his life spins out of control?

Dunn decides, following a pivotal wine tasting, to do the logical thing and embark on a 15,000-mile road trip across the wine regions of the United States.

Along his quest to educate himself, he sips hundreds of glasses, visits dozens of wineries, and meets all sorts of wine lovers from winemakers to celebrities, who transform Dunn from novice to expert.

Discovering more than just the fascinating world of wine, though, Dunn truly discovers himself, and shares it all – from wine tasting to heartbreak – in his heartwarming and booze-fueled travel memoir.

Read American Wino: Amazon | Goodreads

More Of The Best Nonfiction Books About Wine From Christine, TUL

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

How much training goes into becoming a sommelier? What does it take?

Bianca Bosker discusses the difficulties and obstacles of sommelier certification in one of the most eye-opening and comedic biographical wine books.

One of our writers, Dagney of Dark Distractions, gifted us this gem for birthday celebrations in Riga, Latvia.

You will close Cork Dork with a better appreciation and understanding of wine and sommeliers. But, Bosker also addresses the skepticism, lack of diversity, classism, and elitism backing the industry.

Is wine tasting sometimes just total BS? Yes and no, according to Bosker — which is an answer we appreciate. She also calls our beloved Chardonnay “cougar juice.”

If you wish to learn more about the underground world of sommeliers and the service industry, Cork Dork is for you. The title also gave us nightmares of our brief time working in hospitality and kitchens.

In Cork Dork, Bosker also suggests the podcast, I’ll Drink To That. If you are interested in intricate and essential wine history, check it out.

Although some of the wine talk is a bit over our heads, we find the precision fascinating. One episode, for instance, talks about WWII and winemaking.

You will also find a summary of Cork Dork on our Anti-Valentine’s reading list.

Read Cork Dork: Amazon | Goodreads

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Wine For Normal People by Elizabeth Schneider 

As North Carolina locals, we learned about the Wine for Normal People podcast at one of the great Asheville wineries, Addison Farms.

Elizabeth Schneider, a certified wine expert, makes wine accessible for everyone.

Yes, you will receive a ‘real’ wine education, but you’ll also understand and crave it, even if you don’t care to become a certified sommelier.

Schneider teaches us exactly what we want to know. Learn how to wine taste properly and how to read those bottle labels. Explore the history of wine along with the winemaking process.

You’ll increase your wine vocabulary and understand how to make the perfect food and wine pairings. See why you should care about what you drink.

For down-to-earth wine books for the everyday wine drinker, Wine For Normal People will speak to you. The podcast is easy to listen to while making dinner.

Read Wine For Normal People: Amazon | Goodreads

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Wine And War by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup

If you enjoy WW2 nonfiction books about France, Wine and War showcases the courageous vintners who protected France’s wine and crops from the German army.

We don’t typically think of wine producers as fighters in the French Resistance, making this a unique account of how winemakers helped preserve an essential part of France’s culture and identity.

The authors share a largely unknown history and pay homage to the people who helped save France’s spirit.

Read Wine And War: Amazon | Goodreads

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99 Bottles by André Hueston Mack

André Hueston Mack is an American sommelier, designer, and winemaker as well as the first Black sommelier to win the title of “Best Young Sommelier in America.”

Mack believes that “Wine is not a beverage reserved for the elite, but can and should be enjoyed by everyone. A wine’s place is on the table right next to the salt and pepper, as a compliment–even a condiment to the food. It is not meant only to be collected, but to enhance your meal and your way of life.”

Witty and opinionated, Mack walks readers through the 99 wine bottles that have most impacted his life. Learn about both rare and accessible commercial wines.

He’ll share his perspective on the wine industry, including how to navigate those intimidating wine lists. Drink more diversely as well as learn how to purchase the best wine for your home.

Read 99 Bottles: Amazon | Goodreads

Fictional Wine Books & Books Set On Vineyards

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The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets by Jan Moran

One of the most gripping wine novels, find an enthralling tale of devastating secrets, murder, and a truth that could destroy love.

In the 1950s, across the vineyards of Napa Valley, California, and Montalcino, Italy, winemaker Caterina and her widowed mother Ava keep secrets that could destroy their family vineyard.

While Ava struggles to maintain the vineyard and safeguard her husband’s secret past in Tuscany, her talented winemaker daughter, Caterina, hides her own secret: an illegitimate daughter.

After being abandoned by her daughter’s father, Caterina finds herself with nowhere to run, except an ancestral vineyard in Montalcino left to her by a grandmother she never knew.

There, Caterina uncovers more than just an estranged family and discovers shocking family secrets that could both threaten the future of her family vineyard and destroy the man she loves.

Can Caterina unravel the mysteries surrounding her family’s secret past? And, more importantly, does she have what it takes to face the mounting lies?

Don’t miss even more great books set in Italy.

Read The Winemakers: Amazon | Goodreads

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Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Just a week before her wedding, Georgia Ford discovers that her fiancé has been keeping a life-altering secret.

She flees from Los Angeles to her safe haven: her family’s winery in Sonoma, knowing she’ll be surrounded by loved ones and distracted by the vineyard’s upcoming harvest.

When she arrives at the place she knows best, however, Georgia discovers everything that once felt familiar is now unrecognizable. Her fiancé isn’t the only one who’s been lying.

While navigating her family’s secrets, she reflects on whether she’s truly happy living the life she thought she wanted.

Will she call off her marriage? Is it too late to return home? And is her family’s vineyard still the home she thought it was?

Georgia discovers that one thing is certain: much like wine, a family is composed of many different notes. For books set on vineyards, explore the true meaning of love, family, and home.

Read Eight Hundred Grapes: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Vintner’s Daughter by Kristen Harnisch

If you’re looking for more fiction wine books with rich wine knowledge and gripping plot twists, Harnisch’s debut novel, The Vintner’s Daughter, will deliver.

Love and betrayal weave deeply in this historical fiction tale that follows Harnisch’s protagonist across two continents at the turn of the 20th century.

Beginning in 1895 in the Loire Valley, Sara Thibault’s father is tragically killed. Her mother must sell their vineyard to a family rival whose son is set to marry Sara’s sister.

But when tragedy strikes again, Sara and her sister flee to Manhattan. Sara must table her dreams of becoming a winemaker, like her father.

Sarah’s hardships don’t end there, and she is once again forced to flee to California where she hopes to pick up her dreams.

There, she meets Philippe, who is unaware that they share a deep connection with the power to destroy their bond. Sara knows, though, that Philippe will either be the one to return her family’s vineyard to her or forever seal her fate.

Will she, once again, lose everything that matters to her if he discovers her truth?

Read The Vintner’s Daughter: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

Historical fiction readers will adore Mah’s France-set novel full of family secrets, the French resistance, and a couple of highly valuable bottles of wine that have mysteriously gone missing.

Kate has one more chance to pass a grueling examination needed to become one of the only few hundred certified experts in the world.

With a few months to go and no job, she sets off to Burgundy to spend time at her family’s vineyard estate where she can improve her knowledge of the wines and reconnect with family.

While keeping busy cleaning out the basement, Kate discovers what seems to be a hidden wine cellar and Resistance pamphlets.

As she begins to uncover her family’s history and meets her great aunt who was a teenager during the occupation, she begins to wonder exactly which side her family was on during the war.

And, where are six highly valuable bottles of wine that are missing from the cellar?

Read The Lost Vintage: Amazon | Goodreads

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Corkscrew: The Highly Improbable but Occasionally True, Tale of a Professional Wine Buyer by Peter Stafford-Bow

When a book about wine begins with a trigger warning for excessive alcohol consumption (among other things), you know the content is going to be fantastically exaggerated.

Departing from our other novels about wine, Stafford-Bow’s first Felix Hart book is less historical and proper, very funny, and extremely racy.

Despite personal, political, and business hurdles, Felix Hart’s experiences have taken him across the world’s vineyards and allowed him to forge a successful path as a wine retailer.

When he negotiates a colossal deal, however, he finds himself up against the Mafia and begins to wonder if his success has run dry.

With not-so-subtle political statements and absurdly inappropriate escapades, Stafford-Bow’s novel is spit-your-wine-out-funny, and enlightening at times.

Read Corkscrew: Amazon | Goodreads

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Pinot Noir by Mads Molnar III

One of the most-fast paced wine novels on this reading list, Pinor Noir promises WWII historical fiction inspired by a true story. Plus, if you are looking to read more indie books, this one is for you.

When the Nazis visit a French-German winemaker, his only thoughts are to save his precious vineyard and wine.

Courageous and desperate, he gifts the Nazis with a poisoned case of Pinot Noir. Trying to show off, the unsuspecting commander ships bottles across Europe as gifts to the top Nazi officials.

Detective Mads Molnar must now recover each bottle or face his already-sentenced death penalty for helping Jewish families escape. In a no-win situation, it’s not looking good for Molnar.

The mission is also not that simple. Each gift receiver has a story and their own agenda. Plus, meet a vengeful Nazi son on the hunt for the murderer and a beautiful woman with her own vendetta.

Molnar creates a thrilling World War 2 book filled with twists and turns. Find enthralling romance, egos, and of course, wine.

Unique to this WW2 story, Mads Molnar III examines life, death, greed, anger, and loss from a psychological standpoint.

Read Pinot Noir: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information

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The Winemaker’s Wife by Kirstin Harmel

We love Harmel for The Book of Lost Names, a WWII novel about the document forgers who helped children escape the Nazis and seek shelter in neutral Switzerland.

If you are looking for historical fiction novels about wine, Harmel’s The Winemaker’s Wife will transport you to Champagne in 1940 as well as New York in 2019.

As the Nazis force Jews out of Champagne, to her dismay, Inès’s new husband joins the French Resistance. Michel owns Maison Chauveau, and he begins to store and hide weapons from the Germans.

Does he love his wine and business more than her?

Céline, the French-Jewish wife of Chauveau’s chef de cave, is also at great risk. Each of these characters finds themselves fighting for their lives, livelihood, and property. Relationships will either falter or grow.

Back in the present day, Liv Kent uncovers more of this story from her French grandmother. Readers learn more about WW2 collaborators and traitors as well as families of blood versus choice.

This is one of the most heartrending books set on a vineyard. Read even more New York-based novels.

Read The Winemaker’s Wife: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

Head to Italy — Venice, Tuscany, and the Amalfi Coast — as the Fontana sisters set out to break a two-century-old curse. This is one of the most talked-about wine novels of 2020 and a beloved Uncorked Readers selection.

The sisters are all failing in finding true and lasting love. Blame Filomena Fontana who cast the familial curse.

Not sure if hexes are really a thing, when Aunt Poppy says that she can break the love curse, the sisters can’t resist meeting her in Italy. The promise of love awaits them, after all.

Read The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany: Amazon | Goodreads

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Sideways by Rex Pickett

One of the wine novels that has taken to the big screen, Sideways is the story of two friends’ last jaunt together. Full disclosure that the first time we read this novel, we DNF’d it.

However, maybe it was the mood or time of year, but we enjoyed their journey the second time around.

In true The Hangover-style, Jack and Miles set out toward wine country on the brink of Jack’s wedding. Jack wants to celebrate his youth and single life one last time.

Divorced Miles, however, is more somber, questioning everything about his own life. Enjoy a boozy trip between the most unlikely duo.

Read Sideways: Amazon | Goodreads

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These nonfiction and fiction wine books are sure to teach you more and transport you abroad. Save this reading list for later, and travel around the world with TUL.

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Thank you to TUL contributor, Tori Curran from Explore With Tori

Tori is a former children’s librarian turned stay-at-home mom to two boys, living in Dallas. She’s an avid traveler, nature enthusiast, and writer encouraging families to get outside and start exploring the world. When she’s not hiking or traveling, you can find her lost in a historical fiction book, watching Bravo reruns, or obsessively decluttering her home.

What are the best books about wine that you’ve read?

What books set on vineyards do you love? What are your favorite wine novels? Lastly, which nonfiction wine books have taught you the most while still engaging you? Let us know in the comments.

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Tori

Sunday 21st of November 2021

This list came together so nicely, and I had such a fun time working on it together! I love seeing which titles you covered and have a few new ones on my tbr now! I

Christine

Monday 22nd of November 2021

Thanks so much for the fabulous wine book recommendations! Our Uncorked Readers are going to have a great March!