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Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine Paperback – September 22, 2015
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"The best introductory book on wine to come along in years." --The Washington Post
About the Author
Madeline Puckette is a sommelier and visual designer whose electrifying infographics and congenial writing has garnered an enthusiastic following from wine beginner to wine expert. Her work has been applied in organizations, including The Court of Master Sommeliers and the Guild of Sommeliers to help wine professionals learn.
Accolades and Experience
- Court of Masters, Certified Sommelier (Level 2)
- 40 Under 40, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2015-2016
- Wine Blogger of the Year, International Wine and Spirits Competition, 2013-14
- Top Wine Writer, Quora, 2012
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.
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Both complement each other perfectly - depending on whether you want to go into more detail (Wine Bible) or get the basics about a grape or wine region in a mind-map-like format (Wine Folly).
The two recent books (both were published in 2015) combined will cover more than enough topics (well beyond a mere introduction to wine) for most wine drinkers.
This book alone lacks some depth. Hence four stars instead of five. For example, Chardonnay grapes are very popular globally and make for very different wines depending on the region/climate. It's understandable that some simplifications have to be made at 240 pages in a visual design style with lots of graphs and charts (which in this case translates to just two pages covering the popular Chardonnay types).
Speaking of visuals. In terms of wine-related movies / documentaries, I can recommend the following films as companions:
- Mondovino (2004) - Critical documentary *
- Red Obsession (2013) - Global wine business and China's influence *
(* These two movies work well back to back)
- Sideways (2004) - Feature film, not a documentary
- "A Year In...." Trilogy (A Year in Champagne, A Year in Burgundy, A Year in Port is forthcoming in 2016)
- Somm (2012)
- Somm: Into the Bottle (2015)
PS: Somm 2012 is probably the least interesting of the bunch for a wide audience (since it focuses on wine exams and personal stories), but it's still worth watching. Otherwise, skip the 2012 film and just watch the 2015 Somm movie where you will find some interviewees featured again.
What I love about this book, and Wine Folly in general, is how approachable it is. This book is packed with information that is great for beginners and seasoned drinkers alike. I've given it away as gifts and people love it. When they start flipping through it on my coffee table they want to buy it.
Great layout and design (I'm a graphic designer and this book is pure eye candy for me, front to back). Everything is presented in a way that just makes sense. Living in California I'm inundated by the regional wines so that's where my wine knowledge typically starts and stops, but this book is already letting me talk with the local wine bar somms without sounding like a complete novice. In fact, just yesterday I was in a tasting room in Santa Barbara a with the knowledge I've picked up in this book I realized I hated all the wines I was trying! Not just blanket snobbery either, I was actually able to tell what parts of the wine just weren't working for me. How great is that!