7 Beautiful Wine Books for Holiday Gifting in 2018

7 Beautiful Wine Books for Holiday Gifting in 2018

Each year brings a host of new and exciting wine books released for wine drinkers to enjoy. 2018 is no exception. We've chosen seven books that we think you'll love, alongside suggested reading pairings. They're educational so you'll learn a thing or two, but they're also beautiful and inspirational, the perfect companions on your endless wine journey. And if you can bear to part with them they make the perfect gifts for other wine lovers in your life. 

1. Rosé, Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution by Elizabeth Gabay

Rosé is the party that keeps going so this book would be a nice gift for most wine drinkers. Elizabeth shows how rosé has evolved from French Provence to the wide variety of styles around the world. 

Rose, Understanding the Pink Revolution

Pair with: Why, our 'La Rosa'  rosé, of course!  

2. Godforsaken Grapes: A Slightly Tipsy Journey through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wine by Jason Wilson

Jason tells the story of how wine morphed from a beverage made from neighborhood grapes to the internationalized wines that we know now made from only a few varieties. Savor this wine travel adventure to discover the unique qualities that true local wines impart. 

Godforsaken Grapes

Pair with: Read with a wine made from an obscure grape variety. 

3. Tasting the Past: The Science of Flavor and the Search for the Origins of Wine by Kevin Begos

Kevin brings his curiosity about history, geography, science, travel and wine along with a good dose of humor to this fascinating chronicle of wine’s long past and journey to the future. 

Tasting the Past

Pair with: Break out a wine from a region you've yet to try. 

4. Flawless: Understanding Faults in Wine by Jamie Goode

This book will help you understand what may go wrong with wine. The concept of faults in wine is controversial, even more so today with the increasing popularity of natural wines. That said, one woman’s fault is another man’s pleasure. 


Pair with: Pick up an orange wine or a ‘barnyardy’ Bordeaux and learn what’s in your glass.

5. Pocket Wine Book, 2019 by Hugh Johnson

This book is your best friend when you drdop into a wine shop, a grocery store or anywhere you buy wine, including online. You have your own personal expert to guide you through wines, vintages, regions, and growers. Impress your friends and colleagues when you show up with one of Hugh’s recommendations, but don’t tell them your secret.

Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Book, 2019

Pair with: A winter warmer like a Syrah or Zinfandel. 

6. Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking by Dana Frank

The must-have wine and food book of 2018. Dana creates a new vision for bringing together myriad global wine styles and adventurous global food. With each recipe and wine combination, she reveals the unique flavors and textures that create sublime experiences. This book will make your dinner parties the place to be.

Wine Food

Wine Food

Pair with: Depends on what you're cooking but our 'Melodean' Chardonnay, 2017 is a good companion to mild, buttery and creamy dishes.

7. What Makes a Wine Worth Drinking: In Praise of the Sublime by Terry Theise

No better end to this list than a book about how wine adds to our human existence. Terry’s personal journey with wine reveals the mystery of wine and how it becomes an essential part of an authentic life. 

What Makes a Wine Worth Drinking

Pair with: Something special and all shall be revealed.

Sip and savor

All that reading is thirsty work so be sure to head to our wine store and stock up on your favorite Martellotto tipple in advance. Better still, join our wine club and have our delicious handcrafted Martellotto wines delivered straight to your door. (That's one gift worth keeping for yourself)