Each year, wine publishing sees a slew of new entries, intended for readers of varied wine backgrounds and interests. This year was no different. But what it did produce that's unusual is not one but two epic rereleases of iconic wine reference books—one from Britain’s grande dame of wine writing, Jancis Robinson, and the other from America’s “Missionary of the Vine," Karen MacNeil. The former published the fourth edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine more than 20 years after the original; the latter, a fresh second edition of The Wine Bible, updated from when the title first hit shelves in 2001. Both got serious makeovers to acknowledge winemaking techniques that weren't widely practiced until recent years—like fermenting in cement eggs (as opposed to more conventional tanks). They also expand upon sections about regions and grape varieties that have grown in both notoriety and availability.
Additional highlights include Kelli A. White’s Napa Valley Then & Now, Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle's A Natural History of Wine, and a sleuth-like account of one of the California wine industry’s most costly crimes.
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Here, five giftable wine books of 2015: