The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine

The Food Lover's Guide to Wine

The Food Lover's Guide to Wine - Awards

2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winner –
Named “Best in the World” in its category

2011 Gourmand Wine Book Award Winner – USA

2012 Nautilus Silver Book Award Winner:
Food / Cooking / Healthy Eating

2012 James Beard Book Award Finalist:
Reference & Scholarship

2012 IACP Book Award Finalist:
Wine, Beer, or Spirits

Named the “#1 Wine Book of the Year” as chosen by 195 “Best Of” lists (including those of the Chicago Tribune, LA Weekly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Vancouver Sun and Wall Street Journal) compiled by



by Karen Page with Andrew Dornenburg
Photography by Tom Kirkman

(Little, Brown & Company; 2011)


Named The Best Wine Book of the Year
by Jenn Garbee of LA WEEKLY

Named My Favorite Wine Book This Year
by Bill Ward of the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Named The Best Wine Book of the Year Yet
by wine blogger Tom Wark of Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog

Named #2 on a list of the 12 best food and wine books of the year 
by Anthony Gismondi and Kasey Wilson of CFUN Radio

Named one of three top wine books of the year 
by Anthony Gismondi of the Vancouver Sun

Named one of three wine books that top the holiday gift list
by William M. Dowd of the Albany Times Union

Named one of four of the best wine books of 2011
by Bill St. John of the Chicago Tribune

Named one of four great new wine books of 2011
by Michael Austin of the Chicago Sun-Times

Named one of the five best wine books of the year
by wine columnist Lettie Teague of The Wall Street Journal

Named one of nine favorite food books for holiday gifts
by Amanda Gold of the San Francisco Chronicle

Named one of 10 great reads for wine and cookbook lovers 
by Shelley Boettcher of Wine Access

Named one of 10 favorites of the past year
by Genevieve Ko of Good Housekeeping

Named one of the 11 Best Food Books of 2011 
by Carey Polis of The Huffington Post

Named one of 15 of the Best Cooksbooks in ’11 
by the Philadelphia Inquirer

Named one of our [16] favorites of 2011
by Foodista


Praised by Publishers Weekly as the “incisive, hip writing team” behind some of the culinary world’s best-loved books, internationally acclaimed authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg bring their hallmark style to the mission of opening the world of wine to food lovers.

After seventeen consecutive years of growth, the United States has just become the world’s number-one consumer of wine. However, the single largest segment of American wine drinkers categorize themselves as “overwhelmed” by the vast array of choices offered in wine stores, on supermarket shelves, and on restaurant wine lists. In writing THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO WINE, the authors set out to simplify the subject using the fresh perspective that if you love food, you know flavor and you can master wine.

This groundbreaking guide celebrates wine as an all-American beverage that’s a key part of our country’s history and culture, and provides an encyclopedic A-to-Z reference profiling more than 250 different wines by grape, region, weight, aintensity, flavors, food pairings, notable producers and more. Laced throughout are sidebars on finding wines you’ll love based on the foods you love, plus insider tips like “Ten Secrets for Getting More Pleasure from Wine” and “150+ Wines Under $15.”

In THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO WINE, you’ll be guided by dozens of one-time aspiring chefs, urban planners and rock stars who, through twists of fate, followed their passion for wine and became some of America’s best sommeliers at such restaurants as Blue Hill, CityZen, Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, the French Laundry, the Inn at Little Washington, Le Bernardin, Manresa, No. 9 Park, Per Se, and Spago. They share in these pages their insider recommendations, including go-to wines for tough food-pairing challenges as well as favorite wine regions that yield the best values.

The Food Lover's Guide to Wine - Sample Pages

“Every once in a while, a really, really good wine book comes along…something destined to become a classicAmazingly fresh and novelBrilliantly presented… The perfect book for someone who is just starting out in wine and the perfect book for those who have studied wine for so long that they seldom wander off the path of the tried and true…Highly recommended.”

—Wine columnist Lisa Airey, CWE (Certified Wine Educator), Baltimore Sun


—Award-winning author Rose Levy Beranbaum

“Fantastic…One of the best wine gifts of the year.”

—Shelley Boettcher, Wine Access

An indispensable reference…Every food lover should have this book in his or her kitchen.”

—Michele Borboa, MS,

“The best book of wine knowledge and learning I have ever come across.”

—Stephen L. Brauns,

“An epic resource book for wine and food lovers.”

—Christopher J. Davies, Vino Tasting

This book is the ‘cheat sheet’ that can make you appear as if you’ve studied wine for years…Startlingly comprehensive.”

—Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, Cottages & Gardens

“What I’m reading: the latest from two of my favorite authors, THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO WINE. Outstanding.”

—Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body

“Authoritative yet approachable…Playful.”

Fine Cooking

Invaluable, even for people with loads of wine experience.”

—Jameson Fink, Foodista

“It’s the best wine book I’ve seen that is specifically geared to foodies…I love that it offers layers of information so I can I get more out of it as my wine knowledge increases.”

Beth Fish Reads

Fantastic…And their pairing suggestions and matches are, bar none, the best out there.”

—Alison Fryer, The Cookbook Store – Toronto

“May be their best book yet.

—Huffington Post columnist Rozanne Gold

Seems destined to medals equal in number to what Soviet Army generals wore.”

New York Times wine writer Howard Goldberg

“Truly the perfect place for an aspiring wine lover to get started and gain confidence.”

—Caron Golden, San Diego Foodstuff

“[An] amazing book, richly studded with the passionate musings of sommeliers, exhaustingly encyclopedic.

—Gael Greene

“We love the book…It might be the best manual for understanding wine and your own personal flavor profile.

—Chef Jamie Gwen, KFWB Radio

Comprehensive guide to selecting and enjoying the right wines, which makes it easy to impress your connoisseur friends without having to study for a sommelier license.”

—Ellen Huet, SF Weekly

“A sure-to-be classic.”

—Philip Kampe, The Wine Hub

“It’s empowering, eminently browsable and just plain fun.”

—Sharon Kapnick, Oxford Companion to Food and Drink contributor

Best Cookbooks of 2011: We amalgamated 195 ‘Best Cookbooks of 2011’ lists from TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and booksellers across the world [which included the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Wall Street Journal] to come up with the definitive guide to the best books on food and drink…The #1 wine book of the year as chosen by ‘best of’ lists is THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO WINE by @KarenAndAndrew.

—Jane Kelly,

“A brilliant book.”

—Michele Locke, Vinecdote

A favorite pick of mine…Will be appreciated by both those newer to wine and those who have been drinking Bordeaux for 30 years.”

—Bella McDowell,

“Just as thorough and informative as [THE FLAVOR BIBLE]…This essential guide includes a clearly organized list of flavor profiles for more than 250 grapes; a fascinating timeline of the history of wine in America; and valuable tips dispensed by the country’s best sommeliers.”

—Anna Mowry, James Beard Foundation blog

Masterful and boundlessly useful….A must-have for novices, connoisseurs, and restaurant professionals.”

—Award-winning wine author Mark Oldman

“Should satisfy the intellectual palate of any wine lover in your life.”


“I LOVE this book!”

—Culinary historian and host Linda Pelaccio, A Taste of History on the Heritage Radio Network

“I have raved upside down and backwards about the books that Karen and Andrew crank out, and this one joins their ranks…It deserves as much praise as I gave their masterpiece, THE FLAVOR BIBLE.”

—Katie Pizzuto,

“Offers smart, well-informed advice and guidance about wine to people who care about fine cuisine but don’t know as much about drinking as they do about eating.”

—Carey Polis, The Huffington Post

Incredibly insightful and cutting-edgeIn a league all its own as far as wine books are concerned.”

—Sommelier Inez Ribustello, Inez Says

“Should become a standard reference for both wine beginners and avid connoisseurs, packed as it is with so much useful advice and insider tips.”

—David Lincoln Ross, The Daily Beast

“A smart, practical book that should be in every wine geek’s library…Fascinating.

—Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Remarkably down to earth, and often fun.”

—Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal

“An essential addition to every wine lover’s library.”

—Marguerite Thomas, Wine Review Online

“A worthy followup to their fabulous WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT…Packed with practical and clever advice.”

—Bill Ward, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The best wine book I’d laid my eyes on in a very long time…I don’t know how to recommend THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO WINE highly enough.

—Tom Wark, Fermentation