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Selected Books

Cox, Jeff
From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine
SB389.C69 1999
This guide has run through multiple editions and contains comprehensive information on growing grapes and making your own wine from them.
Haddad, Laura Holmes
Anything but Chardonnay: A Guide to the Other Grapes
TP548.H222 2008
Don't know much about wines so you order Chardonnay? Haddad encourages you to experiment with the other wines.
Kolpan, Steven, Brian Smith, and Michael Weiss
WineWise: your complete guide to understanding, selecting, and enjoying wine
q TP548.K5785 2008
This comprehensive guide gives readers a basic introduction to wine: how to select different varieties and identify their flavors, how to read wine labels, and how to identify grapes from wine-growing regions all over the world. It won the 2009 James Beard Foundation award for beverage cookbook.
Law, Jim
The Backyard Vintner: An Enthusiast's Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Wine at Home
TP548.2.L39 2005
For all the Greeks and Italians in Pittsburgh who want to make their own house wine, this volume also tells you how to grow the grapes and which are good for your climate.
McKee, Linda Jones and Richard Carey
Pennsylvania Wineries
TP557.M39 2000
Gives a profile of many wineris around the Keystone State.
North American Wine Routes: A Travel Guide to Wines & Vines, from Napa to Nova Scotia
TP548.5.T68 N67 2010x
Explore North America's best wine regions with 40 tours that expand readers' pallets and introduce them to hundreds of vineyards. Full-color photos throughout.
Sommers, Brian J.
The Geography of Wine
TP548.S689 2008
How landscapes, cultures, terroir, and the weather make a good drop
Taber, George M.
In Search of Bacchus: Wanderings in the Wonderful World of Wine Tourism
TP548.5.T68 T33 2009
Taber visits the most famous wine region of 12 countries (Napa, Mendoza, Rioja, Colchagua Valley, Douro Valley, Tuscany, Bordeaux, etc.).
Vaynerchuk, Gary
Gary Vaynerchuk's 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World
TP548.V37 2008
Check out Gary Vaynerchuck's Wine Library TV video blog. In 101 Wines, Vaynerchuk reveals his first ranked list of the most exciting and tantalizing spirits he has sampled while traveling the globe.


Introduction to Wine Tasting with Bob Betz
A guide to tasting and appreciating cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc, covering: taste characteristics, wine classifications, grape growing, and winemaking. Presents basic information on: navigating a wine shop; how to order wine in a restaurant; decanting; serving and storing; wine and food pairing.

Browse the Catalog

For addtional titles, browse the library catalog under the subjects:


Pittsburgh Region

Because in Pennsylvania wines are only sold in state liquor stores, you might want to search for a specific wine to see if the state store carries it.


Western Pennsylvania - Wineries

  • Christian Klay Winery
    located in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Glades Pike Winery
    Located in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania on historic Glades Pike (Route 31) just a few miles from Seven Springs and Hidden Valley resorts.
  • Greenhouse Winery
    Rilton, PA
  • Narcisi Winery
    La Casa Narcisi Winery is located just 10 miles north of Pittsburgh in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. The winery is a family owned and operated facility, by proud natives of the Pittsburgh area.
  • Oak Spring Winery
    A winery in Altoona, east of Pittsburgh, producing 6500 cases annually
  • Stone Villa Wine Cellars
    Located about an hour east of Pittsburgh
  • Walnut Hill Winery
    Located east of Pittsburgh in Blairsville.
  • Windgate Vineyards & Winery
    Windgate is located about 1 hour northeast of Pittsburgh in the tiny Amish community of Smicksburg.


With more than 90 wineries, and approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, Pennsylvania ranks eighth in the nation in wine production and fourth nationally in the amount of grapes grown.


Nearby States

  • Ohio Wines
    Find a winery in Ohio. From the Ohio Grape Industries Committee
  • Ohio Wine Producers Association
    At this website you can get a list of Ohio Wineries (Maps & Information), learn about Ohio Wine History and Facts, check out Vintage Ohio & Winery Events, and learn How To Start A Winery.
  • Uncork New York!
    Covers information about New York wine country: Lake Erie, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island. From the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

Web Sites

Directories & Reviews


Wineries by State

If you are interested in visiting wineries on your trip to another state, check out the corresponding website:



These are sites that will give you a general overview of the wines from that country.

  • Wines of Argentina
    Celebrate Malbec Day on April 17th. Wines of Argentina is an organization of more than 200 wineries from every Argentine wine region.
  • Wine Australia
    Australia is now the fourth largest exporter after France, Italy and Spain. Information from the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation.
  • Italian Wines
    The Italian Made website from the Italian Trade Commission has a section on wines with information on wine regions and appellations. They also suggest what wines should go with what Italian foods.
  • Wine Country Ontario
    A guide to wineries and wine routes in Ontario from the Wine Council of Ontario.
  • New Zealand Wine
    A website by New Zealand Winegrowers, an advocacy group for wineries and grape growers.
  • Wines of New Zealand
    An independent guide to New Zealand wines and New Zealand wineries covering the 8 main New Zealand wine regions.
  • Wines from Spain
    A website from the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade
  • Wines of Uruguay
    The Tannat grape is considered the "national grape". This site will connect you to wineries in the country.