A Reader Walks into a Bar: 12 Books about the Perfect Pour

cork dork bianca boskerBook buyers love Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled  Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste. Nine-to-fivers can live (and drink) vicariously through the 18 months this former Huffington Post editor spent preparing for the Certified Court of Master Sommelier exam.

Oenophiles aren’t the only ones willing to go to great lengths for a divine drink. As craft brews grow in popularity, so does the canon about great ales. No matter your poison, there’s a book on this list to help you wet your whistle—and it leaves you thirsty, check out Brad Hooper’s core collection of wine guides.

Alpana Pours: About Being a Woman, Loving Wine and Having Great Relationships, by Alpana Singh


Champagne, Uncorked: The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink, by Alan Tardi.

Duck Season: Eating, Drinking, and Other Misadventures in Gascony, France’s Last Best Place
, by David McAninch

Educating Peter: How Anybody Can Become an (Almost) Instant Wine Expert, by Lettie Teague

I’ll Drink to That: Beaujolais and the French Peasant Who Made it the World’s Most Popular Wine, by Rudolph Chelminski

A Moveable Thirst: Tales and Tastes from a Season in Napa Wine Country, by Rick Kushman

my beer yearMy Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers & Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Training, by Lucy Burningham

Travels with Barley: A Journey Through Beer Culture in America, by Ken Wells

Uncorked: One Man’s Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine, by Marco Pasanella

Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, by Natalie MacLean




About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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