People have and will continue to write about wine, and there is nothing we can do about it. There is so much information out there, that, as with anything else, it can actually be scary and overwhelming, taking the enthusiasm and fun out of something that is supposed to be exactly that.

In my experience and years around this fine product, I have to say that 3 essentials are the following:

  1. “WINE: An Introduction” by Joanna Simon 
  2. “The Oxford Companion to Wine” by Jancis Robinson
  3. The World Atlas of Wine” by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson

They are all in the $40 price range and give you tons of information. As the titles suggest, you will get any level of information you want. These are just 3 out of 1000s of books, and I’m sure they are all as informative. Up to you!

There are also a lot of other resources for you to expand your wine knowledge, but sometimes less is more.

Now that we have some tools and some reference guides, we can start exploring some basics of how this all came to be.