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Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks may be a useful starting point for finding information. Many of these resources provide basic information, overviews of topics, or introduce specialized terminology.
Some of the sources listed on this page are links to online resources, while others are books that are located in one or more campus libraries at Okanagan College.
World Atlas of Wine. 7th ed.
Call Number: Ref TP 548 .J66 2013 (Penticton, Kelowna)
Detailed maps and descriptions of wine regions throughout the world. Both outline and topographical maps are given for major wine regions.
Oz Clarke Wine Atlas: Wines and Wine Regions of the World
Call Number: Ref G 1046 .M8 C5 2007 (Penticton)
Major wine regions of the work show with outine maps supplemented with aerial maps using artist-sketched topography. Briefly describes the climate, soils and agriculture of each area.
The Wine Atlas of Canada
Call Number: Ref TP 559 .C2 A863 2006 (Penticton)
A guidebook to Canadian wine regions with maps.
The Oxford Companion to Wine
Call Number: Ref TP 548 .O76 2015 (Penticton) + Ebook (Multi-user)
Publication Date: 2015
A comprehensive reference book covering wine terminology, producing countries and regions, varieties, techniques, personages, and history. Appendices include wine production volumes, vineyard acreages, and wine consumption by country.
The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia
Call Number: Ref TP 548 .S724 2007 (Penticton + Kelowna)
In-depth information organized geographically by wine-growing regions of the world. Includes significant wineries, labels, vintages, legal requirements and tasting guides.
The Winemakers' Essential Phrasebook: Les mots et phrases des hommes du vin
Call Number: Ref TP 546 .W57 2004 (Penticton)
A wine and viticulture dictionary in many languages.
Call Number: Ref QK 10 .S7 1992 (all campuses)
A dictionary Latin terminology for plants.
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