The Top 20 Wine Books
For one that counts the bookstore as one of his favorite places, I find it notable that I don't think I've been in one in six months. Rather, I spend huge amounts of time at the Kindle and Apple on-line bookstores downloading books to my iPad. I rather doubt I am alone in this turn of events.
The consequences of this excelerating trend are not good for bookstore owners, nor for builders of bookshelves.
But with this in mind, I also realized I hadn't looked to Amazon lately to see which wine books were the most popular with the premier book vendor in the world. I could have guessed a few of them. But not all.
A SELECTION OF PURE WINE BOOKS CURRENTLY IN THE TOP 20 OF THE "WINE" CATEGORY AT AMAZON.COM (a few of the books in the top 20 in the wine category simple aren't about wine)
#1. The Wine Bible
By Karen MacNeil, 2001
#3. What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea – Even Water
By Karen Page & Andrew Dorenburg, 2006
#5. The Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd Edition
By Jancis Robinson, 2006
#7. 1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die
By Neil Becket & Hugh Johnson, 2008
#9. Good, Better, Best Wines: A No Nonsense Guide To Popular Wines
By Carolyn Evans Hamond, 2010
#10 The Food Lover's Guide to Wine
By Karen Page & Andrew Dorenburg, 2011
#12 Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2012
By Hugh Johnson, 2011
#13 Sothebys Wine Encyclopedia
By Tom Stevenson, 2011
#14 World Atlas of Wine
By Jancis Robinson & Hugh Johnson, 2007
#15 From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine
By Jeff Cox, 1999
#16 Cheese & Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing, and Enjoying
By Janet Fletcher and Victoria Pearson, 2007
#18 Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals
By Rajet Parr, Jordan Mackay and Ed Anderson, 2010
#20 The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
By Tilar J. Mazzeo, 2009
There seems to be no stopping Karen MacNeil, whose "Wine Bible" has been sitting atop the list of the Wine category at Amazon for a long time. Interestingly, there is no Kindle Edition for this popular book. What's really interesting is that "The Widow Clicquot" makes the list. Look at the books on this list and you'll see that the vast majority are reference and How-To guides. This tells me what I've always known: The wine book market is all about education of the masses and helping them choose what to buy.
Another interesting thing to note: look at the publication date of #15. Apparently no book on winemaking for those at home has been able to push Jeff Cox's very old edition off the top of the lists. And it's interesting to note also that Hugh Johnson has three books in the top 20 list.