Looking for the Best Books on the Science of Wine-Making

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Q: I recently got back from a fantastic trip to California, and of course did a bunch of wineries and all that, but until this trip I always thought of wine making as more of an art. I realized there's a lot of science behind it too, and being an engineer by trade, I got pretty geeked out about that.

Does anyone know of any beginner books that talk about viticulture and/or enology? I'm not planning on starting a vineyard or anything, but think it would be cool to learn more about the science behind growing grapes and making wine.

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Editor: Shannon, here are a few wine books that our team has read and liked in the past. They aren't necessarily technical book, however — readers, do you have any recommendations for books that really tackle the science behind wine?

The Concise World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
Reading Between the Wines by Terry Theise
Heard it Through the Grapevine by Matt Skinner

 

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