The Best Coffee Table Books for Wine Lovers

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A bottle of wine makes a great gift, but a book about wine may end up lasting a bit longer. These wine-themed books are gorgeous and stimulating, making them perfect gifts for both casual and serious oenophiles alike. From comprehensive profiles of fabled vintages and master wine list compilations to guides on the world’s best wine regions and easy-to-digest tasting manuals, these bountiful books are best devoured with a glass of wine in hand.

The Impossible Collection of Wine by Enrico Bernardo

Compiled by world-champion sommelier Enrico Bernardo, the hand-bound, wooden-boxed, 10-pound Impossible Collection of Wine may just be the world’s most extraordinary wine-themed coffee table book (and at nearly $1,000, it’s certainly the most expensive). A hefty chronicle of legendary vintages (Bordeaux and Burgundy to dominate) and historical narratives, this super-size bible is an endless source of entertainment and a real showpiece.  

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Wine Folly: Magnum Edition by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is a friendly illustrated introduction to the complex world of wine. With explanations of grape varietals, wine regions, wine labeling and classifications, and food-and-wine pairing suggestions, it’s impossible to own this book and not learn something completely new. And with its informative but unpatronizing tone and sense of playfulness, it would be a treasured gift for any wine lover, especially a beginner. 

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Wine Trails: 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country by Luke Waterson

For the oenophile who likes to hit the road, there’s Lonely Planet’s Wine Trails, which details 52 wine regions around the world from the well-beaten paths of Napa Valley to the up-and-coming region of Kakheti in the country of Georgia. Wine Trails offers sample itineraries that include the region’s best wineries, as well as recommendations on where to stay while visiting. There are also maps and plenty of inspirational photography that will have you searching for your passport.

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Living with Wine by Samantha Nestor and Alice Feiring

If the wine cellar is your happy place, then you need to pore over Living with Wine, a photographic collection of the most enviable and aspirational wine cellars in the country. Though this would make a great gift for wine lovers with plenty of real estate, it also offers plenty of inspiration for small spaces and creative solutions for storing and displaying your wine and all of the accouterments.

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Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855 by Hugh Johnson and Franck Ferrand

With atmospheric, timeless photography of golden vineyards in the amber light of autumn and elegant châteaux fit for a storybook, flipping through Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés 1855 is the next best thing to a wine-tasting trip to France’s Médoc and Sauternes regions. This book is dedicated to the domains of the prestigious Grand Crus Classés list, whose wines are considered the very best in the world.

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Natural Wine by Isabelle Legeron

Natural, nonintervention organic wines are all the rage at the moment, and wine expert Isabelle Legeron seems to be leading the charge. Not only is Natural Wine an evocatively photographed and illustrated book, but it’s also highly informative and provides solid explanations of the tenets of natural wine making. For new natural-wine enthusiasts, it also provides an introduction to more than 140 natural wines.

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Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region by Peter Liem

Get ready to pop some corksChampagne, winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award, is a revolutionary reference book for modern champagne and a work of art in its own right. Supplemented by a set of seven vintage reproductions of vineyard maps, this glamorous tome would make an ultra-luxurious gift and a chic addition to anyone’s coffee table.


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