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The Wine Bible, 3rd Edition

By Karen MacNeil

Nothing improves the experience of wine like knowledge. The proof is in the numbers: Karen McNeil’s The Wine Bible is America’s bestselling wine book with over 800,000 copies in print. Now this essential book is even better, with a new third edition that’s completely revised, completely updated, given a larger trim size and—yes!—now in full-color with over 400 new photographs.
           
No other wine book compares to The Wine Bible in its gift for grounding the reader deeply, and happily, in the fundamentals while layering on passionate asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, illustrations, maps, labels, and recommended bottles. It is like a complete, always fascinating wine course from a truly great teacher. Karen McNeil, “America’s missionary of the vine” (TIME Magazine), is the only U.S. winner of every major wine award in the English language. And she herself has never stopped learning.  For this new edition she tasted $168,000 worth of wines, a tremendous sacrifice to keep the reader current with: New chapters on Great Britain, Croatia, Israel; a new section called In the Beginning…Wine in the Ancient World; new fully revised Great Wines section (formerly the “Wines to Know”) for each country and region; expanded chapters on France, Italy, Australia, South America, and the U.S.; an expanded grape glossary including 400-plus varieties; a revised wine terms glossary; and an xpanded Mastering Wine Section incorporating latest science on taste and smell.
           
Truly, a bible for curious wine-lovers of every level of expertise. The very same people who spent over $68 billion in the U.S. on wine last year.
 

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“Not everyone can stay engaging, witty, fascinating, knowledgeable and both literary and light for 1000 pages. For that, you need Karen MacNeil…. If you want to be (or sound) wine-savvy on a global scale, this book is a must.” – Paste Magazine

"A masterpiece of wine writing. Karen MacNeil has taken her three decades' worth of experience and distilled it into an amazingly approachable, fun, and educational book. It is the best wine book written in years and will remain a classic forever." – Kevin Zraly, author of Windows on the World Complete Wine Course

“The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject.” – Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group

“Astounding.” – Thomas Keller, chef and owner of The French Laundry and Per Se

“…the rare 995-page manual to hit all the high notes, offer a balanced view on the history, creation, and current state of wine — and keep it lively” – Eater

“MacNeil’s writing style is engaging and conversational, and if you want to know anything about wine her book is the place to start” – Forbes.com

"…grab a copy, open it, and start in on a random page. There will be something worth savoring.” – Travel + Lesiure.com

"When Ms. MacNeil charts the ascending tannin levels in red wine grapes, she compares the gritty stuff to Clint Eastwood’s five-o’clock shadow. The body of this bible is a country-by-country march through winedom, offering lively regional history, sketches of notable personalities, as well as tips on the best local wines and the foods to match with them.”Wall Street Journal

“America’s most famous book on wine.” – Napa Sonoma Magazine
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Number of pages
736
Publication date
October 11, 2022
ISBN
9781523510092