Discover new favorites by tracing wine back to its roots
A good perspective
The Dirty Guide to Wine is a great perspective of ground-to-glass. It is not entirely scientific, which is certainly okay considering it was admittedly presented as such, and is easily digestible to most persons. It is a great primer, to wine drinking novices and professionals alike, about a not oft credited topic: the earth. The difficult part of this book is the unabashed arrogance, name-dropping, and obvious agenda of the author. There is often a cliched view of a "wine person" being snobbish and pretentious. While I feel this is a stigma that is going away, it's tones like the one in this book that make it feel totally alive.