Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine (Paperback)

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Wine Folly is truly the essential guide for anyone looking to learn more about wine, winemaking, and wine tasting.  Madeline Puckette is a globally recognized sommelier but her fun attitude towards wine and sharing her knowledge on her blog makes it a very approachable book for those who are just starting out! This was the first wine book I ever owned and I use it almost every time I drink wine. It opens with basic information on wine making, wine tasting, and wine pairing. Then there is a comprehensive analysis of the most commonly consumed grape varietals. Each page is a breakdown of an individual grape varietal; the expected flavor profiles, geographical information, fun facts, and pairing notes. The tasting wheels for each type of wine have been super helpful for me to develop my palette and expand my understanding of the nuances of wine. For those looking for an even more in-depth dive into the world of wine, I would also recommend her second book, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition. 


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The best introductory book on wine to come along in years” (The Washington Post) from the creators of the award-winning Wine Folly website

Red or white? Cabernet or merlot? Light or bold? What to pair with food? Drinking great wine isn’t hard, but finding great wine does require a deeper understanding of the fundamentals.
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine will help you make sense of it all in a unique infographic wine book. Designed by the creators of the Wine Folly website, which has won Wine Blogger of the Year from the International Wine & Spirits Competition, this book combines sleek, modern information design with data visualization and gives readers pragmatic answers to all their wine questions, including:

   •  Detailed taste profiles of popular and under-the-radar wines.
   •  A guide to pairing food and wine.
   •  A wine-region section with detailed maps.
   •  Practical tips and tricks for serving wine.
   •  Methods for tasting wine and identifying flavors.

Packed with information and encouragement, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine will empower your decision-making with practical knowledge and give you confidence at the table.

About the Author

Madeline Puckette is a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked in several restaurants as a sommelier or a server before creating Wine Folly. Her design work with Wine Folly has been contracted by Wines of France, Wines of Bordeaux, Wines of Beaujolais, the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Guild of Sommeliers, the Washington State Wine Commission, and Rhône Valley Wines. In 2013, Wine Folly was named Wine Blogger of the Year for the 2013–2014 year by International Wine & Spirits Competition.  
Besides drinking wine, writing, and designing for the blog, Madeline loves working on cars, cycling, running, and open-water swimming. Before becoming a sommelier, Madeline was a music producer and singer.

Justin Hammack is a founding partner of Wine Folly and leads conceptual development, interactive tools, and marketplace branding. He is responsible for maintaining strict creative goals that emphasize frictionless education. Justin also handles all videography and photography.

Praise For…

“Wine Folly … is the best introductory book on wine to come along in years. In a word, Wine Folly is awesome.” –The Washington Post 

“A magically vivid wine guide for our information age—cuts through the complexity of wine like a Champagne saber.”--Mark Oldman, renowned wine expert and author of Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine

"Wine is fun. It's complex, vibrant and meaningful. It should be part of your life... and so should this book. " –Geoff Kruth, MS, President
"With clever graphics, Madeline has created a wine navigator that effortlessly guides new wine lovers to a better understanding of the taste, origins and geography of wine." – Dr. Andrew L. Waterhouse, Professor of Enology, University of California, Davis
Product Details
ISBN: 9781592408993
ISBN-10: 1592408990
Publisher: Avery
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English