Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

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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

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, 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.

Price: $15.99

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3 thoughts on “Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

  • March 1, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    326 of 351 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rather biased review, insanely proud parent., December 17, 2015

    By Robert Puckette (Corvallis, OR USA) –

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    Okay, I’m Madeline’s dad. You gotta know that this took a huge amount of effort to clarify the mysterious world of wine into graphics that take mere seconds to understand. I couldn’t be more proud. It’s a lot of fun forcing on it friends and then seeing them light up with instant understanding. The page that explains how to write useful personal wine notes, for example, instantly organizes the way you do your evaluations of wine.

  • March 1, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Every Restaurant in America Should Buy This Book For Their Staff!, September 26, 2015

    By William (Watertown, MA, United States) –

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    I love this book. I’ve been following for a while now and it is amazing. I even got my staff into it. When I heard the book was coming out I pre-ordered it immediately. I was not disappointed! I manage a high end Italian counter-service restaurant in Boston and out list is strictly Italian. Not only is this a great reference point for new people who are not so familiar with Italian varietals but it is really helping our servers who have been working exclusively with Italian wine for years understand how that relates to other wines. No longer are my servers coming to me saying, “William, I have a table that says they only drink white Burgundy. What on our list is like that?” Now they go to the book! I might have to buy an additional copy to keep at the restaurant and maybe a 3rd so I can enjoy it at home! Thank you, thank you, thank you for making this beautiful, well written and easily digestible book. Every restaurant in America should buy it for their staff.

  • March 1, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for visually oriented people who are also short on …, May 24, 2016

    By Hello Amazon

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    Great introduction for visually oriented people who are short on time and want to get a quick overview on grapes/taste and wine regions. I would also get another wine book “The Wine Bible” (over 1000 pages, heavy on text) as a more detail-oriented companion to this basic book.

    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.


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