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Whether completely new to wine and looking to buy a good beginners' guide, or an experienced expert looking to purchase a specific hard-to-find title, you can click on any of the wine book covers below to link to a unique and comprehensive on-line wine bookshop hosted by Amazon. Here you can buy the majority of wine related books currently in print internationally, easily arranged by subject, author or region.

Art and Science of wine
Oz Clarke's Introducing Wine
Wine For Dummies
Oz and James' Bif Wine Adventure
Oz Clarke's Wine Atlas
Robert Joseph's French Wines
Hugh Johnson
The New Spain
American Wine History
Wine Tasting
The Wines of South America
Wines of the Pacific Northwest
Australian Wine
Wines of Burgundy

Wine Book reviews

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2009Pocket Wine Book
Published by Mitchell Beazley
ISBN-10: 1845334205
The latest edition of this great book.

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Pocket Wine Book Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2008
Published by Mitchell Beazley
ISBN-10: 1845333209
In its 37th year of publication, this handy A to Z pocket guide is incredibly useful for both beginners and experts alike. This year's edition boasts up-to-date news on more than 6,000 wines, growers, and regions from world experts, with invaluable vintage information, peerless food and wine matching tips, as well as a personal review of the last three decades from the world's best-known wine writer. Maintaining the same authoritative tone and clarity of presentation that has come to characterise this classic, it also includes a special new full-colour feature on Italian wine. Hugh Johnson and his galaxy of expert contributors have refreshed the text more than ever to ensure that this book remains "the definitive annual guide to wine", offering the "most accessible and valuable advice available". Without doubt, the most indispensable wine book on my bookshelf...
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World Atlas of Wine The World Atlas of Wine
By Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
Published by Mitchell Beazley
ISBN-10: 1845333012
Written by the world's most authoritative wine duo, the unparalleled clarity and detail of the maps remain core to the Atlas. Each of the 200 maps has been thoroughly researched and updated. Reflecting the happenings over the last six years in the world of wine, the pages devoted to the New World show a lot of changes. New additions include: California (Rutherford, Oakville, Stag's Leap),Australia (Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Limestone Coast), New Zealand (Central Otago, Martinborough), South Africa (Constantia). The South American section receives a complete revamp. In Europe the dynamism of the new Old World is in evidence, with Sicily, the Douro, Greece and Germany all receiving extra pages. In Spain, Toro makes an appearance and Austria's hotspots, Wachau and Kremstel, fall under the spotlight. With new illustrations and photographs throughout, this is the must-have book and reference work for all wine enthusiasts.
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Wine Behind the Label Wine Behind the Label 2008
By Philip Williamson & David Moore
BTL Publishing Limited
ISBN-10: 0955765706
For serious consumers wanting to choose between the millions of bottles produced from today's vineyards, no bookshelf is complete without a qualitative dissection of who is currently producing the best bottles. "Wine Behind the Label" is the perfect guide for this. Dispensing with unnecessary pictures and illustrations, this 667 page tome sets out to comprehensively and concisely review the world's greatest winemakers, from Burgundy to Bordeaux, Austria to Australia. The book is clearly laid out and easy to follow, ideal for quick reference to a producer or a longer trawl to find a region's best winemakers. The world of wine is broken down into the major countries or important sub-regions. Each of these begins with a concise overview and assessment of recent vintages. Producers are then listed A to Z for each area and throughout the reviews the authors have included details of the UK importers or agents. Another useful touch is the addition of the winery's address and website, where applicable. It is this attention to detail that again sets the book apart from other similar texts. Finally, the best wines are rated out of five stars, according to the traditional English wine-writers system, rather than a bare point-score. All in all I would strongly recommend this excellent guide. If you are passionate about your wine and pay serious attention to sampling the world's finest bottles then this book should be on your shelf - even more so if you long for a guide with an English accent on which to start your vinous exploration. I look forward to reading future editions. Reviewed by Edward Fitzgerald.
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Burgundy and its Wines Burgundy & its Wines
By Nicholas Faith
Introduction by Robert Parker Jr.
Duncan Baird Publishers
ISBN 1-903296-78-1
Perhaps the most revered of all wine regions, the quiet beauty of the sloping landscape in Burgundy reveals many hundreds of vineyards and Clos, their walls containing some of the world's most valuable grapes. Many authors have contributed to the wine writings on Burgundy over the centuries, however the latest offering from Nicholas Faith stands out as a notable work. This is not a book of charts, maps or scores. It sets out to convey that understanding required by the true wine lover and it does so with great - and very readable - success. A comprehensive introduction ideally suited to newcomers has been contributed by the most influential of all wine writers; the American Robert Parker Jr. Mr Faith then sets off on a tour, from the Côte d'Or through to the Chalonnaise, Connais and Beaujolais. He visits the Villages, their vineyards and their producers to shed light on the stories behind the bottles - from soils to sales, friendships to fermentations. My recommendation of this book is this: having just returned from harvest time visits to the many producers in the Côte de Beaune, I can only say that I deeply regret not having had this to accompany me on my travels. For anyone with a knowledge of or interest in the area this book is a must. Reviewed by Edward Fitzgerald.
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Discovering Wine Discovering Wine
By Joanna Simon.
Published by Mitchell Beazley
This 160-page complete beginner's guide gives a colourful and comprehensive overview of everything you need to develop a love of wine. From buying, storing and serving to grapes, regions and food, this book comes highly recommended by the Committee as the best starting point to develop your vinous knowledge.
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The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia
By Tom Stevenson.
Published by Dorling Kindersley
With 600 pages covering almost every region of every wine producing country, this is bar far the most complete guide to regions and producers currently published. A serious reference tome for those wanting to explore the world's wine producing areas in detail.
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Crush - the new australian wine book Crush - the new australian wine book
By Max Allen.
Published by Mitchell Beazley
If you like Australian wine then you wont be able to put this book down. Max Allen has a great ability to convey his love of the subject in an easy-going, no-nonsense style that is entirely addictive. The books stays clear of vintage charts and wine ratings, instead concentrating on the grapes, regions and people that have made Australian wine so good.
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French Wines French Wines - the essential guide to the wines & wine-growing regions of France
By Robert Joseph.
Published by Dorling Kindersley
Not the sort of book that you would sit down and read cover to cover but it makes a fine reference guide. Individual appellations and their wines are described concisely and clearly. Each chapter also includes notes on best producers, vintage charts, maps, and guides to touring the vineyards of the area.
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Red and White Red and White: Wine Made Simple
By Max Allen.
New Holland Publishers
Described on the back cover as ‘one of the best books on wine of any description I have ever seen’ this book has much to live up to. Max Allen's style is perfect for novices in the world of wine, explaining the process of wine making and drinking in detail and with great clarity. Despite a bias towards Australian wine, this book is nevertheless a highly recommended read as well as a point of reference.
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A comprehensive guide to the fourteen commonest red grape varieties.
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A comprehensive guide to the commonest white grape varieties.
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A comprehensive guide to the commonest white grape varieties.


There is a plethora of information available for wine-lovers on the internet. From producers to merchants, internet shops to on-line auctions, these are some of the sites we recommend.

General Information

Capsules Decanter online
The comprehensive online site for the excellent Decanter Wine Magazine.
Gault-Millau Wein Guide Deutschland
This site is highly recommended as it provides up to date, in-depth and multi-lingual reviews of most of Germany's best wines and producers.
Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson is not only one of Britains most respected wine writers, but also a graduate of Oxford University.
Local Wine Events
A unique site listing details of hundreds of wine tasting events across the world.
Nat Decants
Wine picks, articles and humor from Natalie MacLean, named the World's Best Drink Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia. Natalie is also the author of "Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass".
Oxford Wine Bookshop
Whether completely new to wine and looking to purchase a good beginners' guide, or an experienced expert looking to buy a specific hard-to-find title, Oxford Wine Books is a unique and comprehensive on-line wine bookshop hosted by Amazon. Here you can buy the majority of wine related books currently in print internationally at a substantial discount, and easily arranged by subject, author or region.
Oxford Wine Tasting Services
A spin-off from OUWS, Oxford Wine Tasting Services provides organised wine tasting events, from fun and informative sessions for beginners to focused intensive tasting for experts. Professional wine services, such as wine tasting assessments and tasting notes can also be provided.
The Wine Anorak
Jamie Goode is one of Britain's best wine writers.
Tom Cannavan's UK Wine Pages
Surely the first stop for any UK based wine-lovers. His comprehensive site contains a Wine Forum, over 4,000 tasting notes from a single palate (mostly on wines available in the UK), a complete wine course, illustrated guides to wine regions.... and much, much more.
Wine Lovers Page
This is one of the best sites on the internet for anyone interested in wine. Every possible aspect is covered, together with over 50,000 tasting notes!
Wine Spectator
The internet pages of the renowned American magazine ‘Wine Spectator’, this is a mammoth site with tasting notes, beginners basics, weekly features ... and much more.

Online Wine Retailers

Andrew Chapman Fine Wines
surf4wine.oc.uk is the web site and online store front of Oxford wine merchant Andrew Chapman. Mr Chapman offers a discerning selection of fine wines from all over the world and has recently been expanding his range of South African and Australian wines.
Berry Bros. & Rudd
England's oldest wine merchant has a detailed and comprehensive website well worth a look. With a substantial range of famous wines from around the world and a fascinating educational section, this is everything you would expect from such a famous London company.
Chateau Online
ChateauOnline is Europe's leading wine specialist on the Internet. It offers a choice of over 2,000 wines and champagne from 27 different countries, including En Primeur, Grand Crus, famous brands and new discoveries. Visitors to the site can take advantage of regular special offers, personalised advice and tailored assistance for events such as birthdays, parties and other special occasions.
The Oxford Wine Company
A local wine merchant offering a very good selection of wines and excellent service.
The Wine Society
A very good source of fine wines based on a membership scheme.
Virgin Wine Online
One of the UK's leading internet wine merchants.

Other University Wine Societies

Bath University Wine Society
Another fine student wine society with regular ‘in house’ tastings led by members.
Bristol University Wine Circle
The well organised and very popular student wine society at Bristol University
Cambridge University Wine Society
A fellow student wine society with an admirable termcard of tastings and events.
Nottingham University Wine Society
Sociable and sophisticated wine and spirit drinkers!