‘Wine Bible’ a comprehensive guide

Karen MacNeil’s second edition of “The Wine Bible” will be a great holiday gift for wine lovers.

When Karen MacNeil published her first Wine Bible some 15 years ago, it was an astonishing accomplishment, a book that was as complete as any published about wine.

It’s a decade-and-a-half later, and much about the wine world has changed. The Southern Hemisphere, China, the Old World, the New World and, of course, the Pacific Northwest.

So it makes perfect sense that MacNeil would publish her second edition, a completely revised version of The Wine Bible. The new edition, published in October, is a rich, fact-dense volume. Thumb to any spot in The Wine Bible, and you’ll find a section that is difficult to put down without reading in full.

One measurement of a book that claims to comprehensively cover the world of wine is how much information it provides about your own region. In the case of the Pacific Northwest, MacNeil condenses Washington and Oregon into a little over 20 pages, doing a masterful job of capturing the essence of the area. Idaho gets a brief mention, and British Columbia is wrapped into the section on Canada.

Highlights of ‘The Wine Bible’

Karen MacNeil is the author of “The Wine Bible.” (Courtesy of Lowell Downey)

The richness of The Wine Bible is the many features throughout, including:

The Wine Bible is a great gift for wine lovers at any level. In fact, anyone who receives this on Christmas morning will likely have their nose in it long after the eggnog is gone.