There are a whole crop of wine books out right now. Here is my guide to the current harvest:

For the Oenophile
Anthony Dias Blue’s Pocket Guide to Wine
If you don’t know what oenophile means, this book is probably not for you. It is less a guide to wines, than a guide to wineries. Divided by region, the author actually recommends only a handful of wines in several price categories. Those wishing to survey a regions wineries at a glance may find it handy.

For the Francophile
The Wines of France
I have to say I love this book. It is an easy to navigate guide to the wines of France written in an accessible and unpretentious style. First thing you will notice is that it uses colored tabs to make perusing a region a snap. The crib sheet feature at the beginning of each chapter lists Must Trys, Smart Buys, and Safe Houses. Whether you are new to French wine or a connoisseur this book will help you sort through the wineries, the wines, the price ranges and recent vintages.

For the Novice
The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide
Wine can be intimidating. Several authors have attempted to demystify wines and write guide books “for the rest of us”. Unfortunately for those who know a bit about wine, the style of this book may feel a bit too dumbed down. For example one of the chapters in this book is Wines by Mood, here you’ll find categories like “Girl’s Night In: Pinks, Bubbles & Sweeties” and “Bathtub Whites”. Get the picture?

For the Foodie
What to Drink with What you Eat
This book is one of my favorites, it take a unique approach to pairing wines, and other beverages with food. You can look up the wine and see what it pairs with or look up the food. Either way you slice it, this is an enthusiastic no-nonsense book that will encourage you to experiment and enjoy. And really isn’t that what wine should be all about anyway?

Head over to Cooking with Amy for my review of Jay McInerney’s latest book on wine, A Hedonist in the Cellar

Drink by the Book 8 November,2006Amy Sherman

  • Jennifer Maiser

    ‘Bathtub Whites’ … seriously? I guess I’m not the target market for that book 😉


Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
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In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
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Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.

Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.

Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.

She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

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