This season’s wine book offerings seem slimmer than past years, and especially for pretty, coffee table books. This is not necessarily a problem, since pretty, coffee table books can cost as much as a case of well-made cheap wine.
But there are a variety of worthwhile books for sale this year. Among the most interesting:
• A wine bucket’s worth of wine guides. This category, interestingly, has picked up over the last couple of years. My favorites are Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report 2009 ($15) and Kevin Zraly’s American Wine Guide 2009 ($13). Stevenson includes U.S. wine regions, which is one reason why it’s so valuable. (Full disclosure: Several people who contributed to our DrinkLocalWine.com project contributed to each book.)