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The Real Cost of Becoming an Oenophile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-12-08T16:39:51Z

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A wine book can serve as a lifelong reference. "Classes on their own gloss over things," says Ritchie. "Written material is better."

$10: Wine Bible (paperback), by Karen MacNeil

$41: Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd Edition (hardcover), by Jancis Robinson

$31: World Atlas of Wine (hardcover), by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson -- includes color maps and photos

$24: Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 25th Anniversary Edition (hardcover), by Kevin Zraly

$30: Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia (hardcover), by Tom Stevenson

$20: How and Why to Build a Wine Cellar (paperback), by Richard Gold

Running tally: $706