Recommended Reading

from your D&W Fresh Market Wine Experts

More wine reading for those who love wine, including reviews on each from our leading wine expert. These recommendations also make wonderful gifts for wine-loving family and friends. 

Books That Make Wine Accessible

Wine for Dummies by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan

  • This book takes a complex subject and makes it manageable without talking down to the reader. Everyone agrees that the best way to learn about wine is to taste wine, to taste it and talk about it, but this book is the best way to makes sense of what you are tasting and talking about. 

Wine Lover's Companion by Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst

  • There’s a wealth of knowledge in this alphabetical encyclopedia of wine. It’s easy to look up wines, grapes varieties, wine terms, vineyards and wineries… The appendices clarify all sorts of subjects from shopping for wine, ordering wine in restaurants, tasting wine, opening the bottle, storing, making sense of a wine label and more. 

New California Wine: Making Sense of Napa Valley, Sonoma, Central Coast and Beyond by Matt Kramer

  • A revision of Wine Spectator columnist Kramer's original Making Sense of Wine, this book remains THE best read about wine and what it reveals about the place it grows. It's about agriculture and culture. 

Wine Books That Make Just Plain Great Reading

The Botanist and the Vintner: How Wine Was Saved for the World by Christy Campbell

  • An utterly fascinating account of how the world’s vineyards—and wine--were saved by science in the late 1800s from an ecological disaster. This is a book for curling up with a glass of wine for a great read! 

Bacchus & Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar by Jay McInerney

  • Like an anthology of short stories, this series of essays on wine 

An Evening with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson: Dinner, Wine, and Conversation by Jim Gabler

  • A marvelous fictional account of a friendship based on dinner, wine, and conversation. 

Wine & War: The French, the Nazis & the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Don & Petie Kladstrup

  • In the early 40's France was first occupied by the Nazi's, they Germans began to plunder her most precious assets, her artwork and her wine, This is an exciting read about how the French saved their grape harvests and bottles from the invaders. 

The Raw and the Cooked by Jim Harrison

  • A Michigan poet and fiction writer, puts his eloquent pen and rough humor to his own passion for food and wine and his eating experiences from Paris bistros to the North Woods of Michigan. 

The Food of France by Waverly Root

  • First published in 1958 this classic and its companion The Food of Italy remain the most enticing and thorough explorations of regional cooking and the regional wines that evolved alongside.