A few thoughts about books for the wine aficionado on your guest list (and you can never go wrong giving Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course):
• The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Run to Cult Cabernet (Rutgers University Press, $26.95.): Garrett's Peck overview of the history of drink in the United States goes a long way toward answering why we have such goofy liquor laws in this country. I don't know that he his look at Prohibition is rigorous enough (most studies say alcoholism actually increased), but if you want a place to start, this is as good as any.
• The Wine Trials 2010 (Fearless Critic Media, $14.95): This is the new edition of the book that fearlessly promises 150 quality wines for less than $15 -- and mostly delivers. Most importantly, the Winestream Media is less than thrilled with it. Full disclosure: I was a taster for the 2009 edition, but not this one.
• Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology (University of California Press, $34.95): Not for the faint of heart, which means anyone who believes in scores, subscribes to a Wine Magazine, or proudly tells all within earshot that they only drink cabernet -- and only certain cabernets at that. This collection of essays, parodies, and similar subversive writing from Bonny Doon winemaker Grahm is Mad Magazine for those of us who love wine.