Want to Be a Wine Expert? Read These Books

The Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack
Local wine expert Nikki Erpelding shares some of her favorite books filled with wine knowledge.

For our food and wine-themed issue, oenologist Nikki Erpelding, founder and owner of Vine Lab Wine & Spirits of Minnesota and instructor for St. Paul College’s wine professional certificate program, shares some of her favorite books filled with wine knowledge.

New to wine? The best introductory reference book is Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine, by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack. I use this text in my St. Paul College wine professional course,” says Erpelding.

For those who have some wine knowledge and are looking for an intermediate-level, Erpelding recommends The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeill and Wine Geek, The World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition, Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson, another text she uses in her wine professional course.

Looking for a great wine magazine? Erpelding recommends Decanter.