Five New Books About Wine

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Looking to add to your collection of wine books?

There's a time to drink, a time to think and time to combine both of these marvelous things. Welcome to a breakdown of some of the best books of the year on wine. From funny to educational, if you're a wine lover these books should be on your list. The best thing is, you can read with a glass of wine in hand.

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We'll start with the heavy hitter that's not even out yet. And by heavy, I mean it. It supposedly weighs seven pounds. Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and Jose Vouillamoz (November 6, 2012) You know its serious when one of the authors writes for the Financial Times and The World Atlas of Wine is also one of Jancis Robinson's titles. Her co-author Jose Vouillamoz is a botanist. That's right, this book has some serious credentials. The authors establish genetic links between grape varietals, cover the synonyms and names for all types of wine and apparently it also includes an impressive collection of illustrations. A relatively serious book, but a must for any die hard.

For several years, James Nevison's "Had a Glass" series has provided a guide to inexpensive wine options and it also recommends ways to evaluating a wine's color, clarity, aroma and bouquet. The book also comes complete with labels and barcodes so that you shop for your favorites easily. Had a Glass 2013: Top 100 Wines Under $20 (Paperback, October 16, 2012) is not the most sophisticated of manuals but this book is likely a must have for your wine library each year, so it also makes a great holiday gift for those of you getting an early start.

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