A friend of mine in an emerging wine region has a lot of casual wine knowledge and asked me to put together some books to help her train at home and get a more rounded view of things. I was basically going to send her Robinson's, "24 Wine Expert", "Wine for Dummies" (with some healthy redaction), and then the WSET 3 textbook. I don't much feel like shelling out 37 quid for a the last to get it directly from WSET so if anyone had a copy from the revision that happened in January 2016 onward and wanted to offload it, let me know.
Likewise, any other book suggestions are more than welcome. Julyan's Sales & Service for the Wine Professional 4th Ed seems to only be available in Chinese. While absolutely excellent and my most-loved references, the World Atlas of Wine or Oxford Companion to Wine are far too massive and "confrontational" for someone at her stage of the game and I'm trying to give her texts that will ease into the subject rather than send her running for the hills.
The Wine Bible by Karen Macneil is one of my favorite "intro" level books that also has a great depth of knowledge inside. Her conversational tone and approach throughout the book make it very approachable for beginners.
Indeed, I'd agree and she gives producer suggestions as well. Good book to have for those studying for CMS.
The only catch is the size for a novice. I was trying to create a series of texts that got progressively larger without breaching the "wine tome" boundary.
Some personal account reads that may interest her: Kermit Lynch Adventures on the Wine Route, or Jancis Robinson Tasting Pleasure. Agree with Nicholas on The Wine Bible too.
Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Wine Course books are excellent. Definitely get The Wine Bible. Wine Folly is another good one, as is the Certified Specialist of Wine book - you can buy it on amazon, though it isn't inexpensive. The ebooks are cheaper, and possibly easier at this stage.
The CSW Study Guide is available on Amazon and a wonderful resource for an introduction to wine.
Windows on the World definitely strikes the balance between informativeness and brevity better than any introductory-level wine book I've ever read.