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We're here to help! If you're looking for additional study resources, we've compiled a list of our favorites. We'll also post any student offers we find, or current industry promotions. We receive no incentives for any of these links, we're just sharing study resources that we have found helpful! As always, if there are conflicts in information, go with the answer given in the textbook assigned for your course. 

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Resource Books (in no particular order): 

  • The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson. Thorough resource for all things wine. 

  • The Sommelier Prep Course by Michael Gibson. Some of the dates are not current, but a great companion book.

  • Christie's World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine by Tom Stevenson. Amazing sparkling resource book. Discussion of the histories of prominent Champagne houses and producers. 

  • The Big Book of Sherry Wines. Published by the Consejo Regulador and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture - a go-to authority book on Sherry. Very in-depth and informative, a must for Sherry enthusiasts or Fortified exams. You can download a PDF version here

  • Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette. A perfect introductory wine book and study resource. Amazing infographics really bring concepts to life. 

  • Wine & Philosophy: A Symposium on Thinking and Drinking edited by Fritz Allhoff, Blackwell Publishing. Wine critics, winemakers, and philosophers share well-crafted essays on the culture, deep meaning, and political and historical significance of wine. A great choice when you need a break from the textbook and just want to read and think about wine in a more abstract sense. 

  • The Taste of Wine: The Art and Science of Wine Appreciation by Emile Peynaud. A must-have tasting companion resource. 

  • Robert Finigan's Essentials of Wine by Robert Finigan. Before Robert Parker, there was Robert Finigan. First comprehensive introductory wine book written by an American, with an emphasis on the American Market. 

Website Resources 

Helpful Publications 

  • Wine Spectator 

  • Wine Enthusiast

  • Drinks Business 

  • Decanter

  • Just Drinks