Lulls during the holiday weekend are ideal for catching up on some reading, particularly about wine (after all, someone has to figure out which bottle to open next).

Holiday Wines

Holiday Wine Guide

3 Books

Parker’s Wine Bargains ($18)

Interested in drinking great wine and saving money at the same time? F&W contributing editor Robert M. Parker, Jr.’s first compendium of value recommendations is a must-read; it includes hundreds of wines from practically every region in the world, but nothing over $25.

A Randall Grahm Vinthology ($35)

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Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology ($35)

Grahm, owner of California’s Bonny Doon Vineyard, has long been known for his sharp, irreverent musings on wine—everything from literary spoofs to serious essays. All are assembled here.

Food, Wine, and the End of France ($25)

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Au Revoir To All That: Food, Wine, and the End of France ($25)

In this analysis-cum-memoir, wine writer Michael Steinberger asks how France managed to lose its title as the world’s mecca for cuisine and wine. It’s an insightful, charming and ultimately touching account.

More Holiday Tips and Pairings:

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Gravy
50 Wine Classics
Lamb Chops with Frizzled Herbs
Frying herbs like rosemary, parsley and sage for less than 45 seconds in a half inch of oil makes them ultracrispy; they are delicious with tender lamb chops.
| Credit: © Con Poulos