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Field guides for the wine wanderer

For those of you planning to travel into the reopening world, I’ve put together a list of field guides to winelands, near and far.

Getting ready, and for use in the field

“The Wine Handbook: A Field Guide to Demystifying Wine” (Sharman Wicker Schubert, 2011)

24-Hour Wine Expert“ (Jancis Robinson, 2016)

“The Wine Lover’s Bucket List: 1,000 Amazing Adventures in Pursuit of Wine” (Simon J. Woolf, 2020)

“Welcome to Wine: An Illustrated Guide” (Madelyn Meyer, 2020)

“Vineyards, Rocks and Soils: The Wine Lovers Field Guide to Geology” (Alex Maltman, 2018)

“The Wine Lovers Guide to New World Wine” (Harry Price, 2021)

“Natural Wine” (Isabelle Legeron, 2020)

“Slow Wine Guide USA” (Deborah Wong, 2021)

“Where to Drink Wine: The Essential Guide to the World’s Must Visit Wineries” (Chris Losh, 2018)

Out In the Field


“Hiking California Wine Country” (Bubba Suess, 2020)

“The Wine Country Deck: 50 Best Northern California Wineries” (Antonia Allegra, 2004)

“Fodor’s Napa & Sonoma” (release date July 27, 2021)

“Wineries of the Sierra Foothills: Risk-Takers & Rule Breakers” (Barbara Keck, 2020)“Drive Through Napa” (Paul Hodgins, 2019)

“The Appalachian Trail Day Hikers Guide: Downhill to Fine Wine and Accommodations” (Carol and Jim Steiner, 2018)

“The Wines of Southwest U.S.A.” (Jessica Duluth, 2020)

“Top Texas Wineries” (Andrew Chalk, 2019)

“Wines of the Finger Lakes” (Peter Burford, 2016)

“Handy Guide to Virginia Wineries” (Donna R. Gough, 2018)

“50-State Winery Guide” (Gene Hunter, 2020)

“North American Wine Routes” (Dan Berger, 2010), older but still informative

At this time there is not an up-to-date Oregon Winery Tour book. I suggest going to the Oregon Wine Board site oregonwine.org for the most current info and recent guide.


“Moon Tijuana, Ensenada & Valle de Guadalupe Wine Country” (Jennifer Kramer, 2020)

“Vinitacora Baja California” (Vionda, 2019)


“The Sommeliers Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe” (Rajat Parr, 2018)

“The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy” (Dan Keeling, 2021)

“Adventures on the Wine Route, 25th edition” (Kermit Lynch, 2019)

“Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine, 28th edition” (2019)

“Decoding Spanish Wine” (Andrew Cullen, 2019)

“The Wines of Portugal” (Richard Mayson, 2020)

“The Cretan Wine Guide” (Margaret Brady, 2021)

“The New Wines of Mt. Etna” (Benjamin North Spencer, 2020)

“Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power” (John Szabo, 2016)

“Wines of South America” (Evan Goldstein, 2014)

“Croatian Wine: Regions, Grapes and History” (Greg Viola, 2021)

“Decoding Italian Wines” (Andrew Cullen, 2014)

“Decoding French Wines” (Andrew Cullen, 2012)

For the trip there

“Pocket Hangman: Wine Lover’s Edition” (2020)

“Wine Animals Coloring Book” (2020)

I’ve selected the more interesting, informative and unusual guides. You will notice only two for Italy and France. There are so many books on these countries that I chose to pare it down to basic information that can be utilized throughout each country. Here’s to long days of slow wine-ing roads.

Reach Paula Bandy at pbthegrapevine@gmail.com and connect with her on Instagram at @pbthroughthegrapevine.