Don’t Miss: Good Reads for Wine Lovers

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book on a leisurely winter afternoon – especially with a delicious glass of Cabernet Sauvignon by your side.

In what books would you find us buried? We asked members of The Bunch (our playful name for our employees – like a grape “bunch,” get it?) for their favorite can’t-put-down wine reads. We hope these inspire your next R&R moment.

  • Wine Lovers Cookbook, Sid Goldstein
    Recommended by: Dominic Orsini, Winery Chef
    “This book is one of the first cookbooks I ever picked up about food and wine. It’s broken up into different wine chapters based on variety (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and so forth), each of which discusses dominant wine flavors and what ‘base’ and ‘bridge’ ingredients should be used to pair with the wines. It’s a classic book to teach people about how to pair food and wine together.”

  • North American Pinot Noir, John Winthrop Haeger
    Recommended by: Erin Miller, Twomey Winemaker
    “I read this while a student at the University of California, Davis. It traces the fascinating history of Pinot Noir through time from its foundation in America to how we know it today. This is a book for devoted lovers of Pinot Noir!”

  • Wine & War, Donald and Petie Kladstrup
    Recommended by: Nate Weis, Director of Winemaking
    “In the Kladstrups’ Wine and War, a story about the French campaign to protect one of their most valued cultural prizes from the Nazis, we’re reminded that every bottle of wine is produced and consumed in a geopolitical context. My favorite passage is about a Nazi POW camp. Camp prisoner Gaston Huet, of the eponymous Vouvray domaine, and his comrades convince their captors to smuggle in enough wine for Christmas such that every man can have a small glass. The wine is a simple house Chenin Blanc from his homeland but Gaston reflects that, after years of captivity and the struggle to simply survive, “it was the best wine I ever tasted.” It harkens to all that we hold dear about wine and the context in which we enjoy it: it can transport us to another time and place, and gives us cause to celebrate the most basic of achievements.”

  • Plain Talk About Fine Wine, Justin Meyer
    Recommended by: David Duncan, President & CEO, and Tina Plum, Customer Service Supervisor
    Tina: “Hands down my all-time favorite wine book is Plain Talk About Fine Wine. It was one of the first books I read when I joined Silver Oak & Twomey (as it’s written by Justin Meyer, one of Silver Oak’s original founders). The book, written in layman’s terms, is very easy to read and understand. It taught me the basics of winemaking and a lot about Justin’s personality.”

  • Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, Kevin Zraly
    Recommended by Kathleen McLeod, Senior Director of Retail, Marketing and Hospitality, and Hannah McNeese, Retail Sales Associate
    Hannah: “This book is easy to read and breaks wine down to the fundamentals without getting too technical. At the same time, it is a learning guide - not a personal memoir - and covers a broad scope of the wines of the world. I would highly recommend it for any wine ‘beginner’ as a great place to start.”
    Kathleen: “The best introduction to wine!”

  • Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World’s Top Wine Professionals, Rajat Parr
    Recommended by: Ian Leggat, Director of Marketing & PR
    “For me, this was one of the first books to help take the intimidation out of wine tasting. Jordan and Raj write on a level that is at both approachable and a wealth of information.”

  • The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste, Jon Bonne
    Recommended by: Mollie Griffin, Marketing Specialist
    “The New California Wine is an exciting read for fans of wines that show sense-of-place. Napa Valley and Sonoma County are ideal for grape growing for a variety of reasons, yet this book will leave you with the feeling that we are just scratching the surface in California on the potential of emerging wine growing regions.”

  • Napa Valley Then & Now , Kelli A. White
    Recommended by: Laura Oskwarek, Associate Winemaker, Napa Valley Cabernet
    “Not so much a page turner, but a thorough encyclopedia on the pioneers and wines that built Napa Valley and those who continue to make exciting wines in the modern era. Kelli is a prolific writer and sommelier who condenses a career’s worth of knowledge into this must-have for your coffee table.”

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