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Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine Paperback – Illustrated, September 22, 2015
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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.
- Publisher : Avery; Illustrated edition (September 22, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592408990
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592408993
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.34 x 0.64 x 9.11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Did you know that Pinot Noir grapes are 1,000 years older than cabernet sauvignon? Or that Pinot Noir is one of few varieties of grapes used to make red, rose, white, and sparkling wines? Or that cabernet sauvignon is still the most widely planted wine grape? In short, this is essential to anyone interested in wine.
Whether we want to find out if we would potentially like a certain wine by flipping to the page to find out where its from, how its made, and the different flavor profiles or if its finding out which wine would pair best with our Thanksgiving dinner, this book has been an incredible help.
Not only does it do a great job of helping us out as wine buyers/drinkers but it makes everything so much easier to understand. Before this book me and my wife wanted badly to get into wine and enjoy it but we literally had no idea where to begin. This book allowed us to jump right in and begin to learn how to inspect/taste wine and continue building knowledge that will help us to enjoy wine drinking for years to come. Want to know more about the wine you are drinking and not have to deal with "stuffy" wine-talk...this book is for you!!
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Madeline will have every wine drinker an expert taster by the time they reach the end of this book which is a pleasure to read, and never boring.