The New “Wine Folly Essential Guide to Wine” & a Giveaway!
Wine Folly and the New Book
If you’ve never heard of Madeline Puckette and Wine Folly, I might wonder what rock you’ve been living under? Madeline and Justin Hammack run a very popular website, Wine Folly, which features tons of infographics, videos, and generally useful wine information in a very accessible format. No stuffy, hard to understand jargon, just good info, presented clearly. This week, they released a new print book:
Best Beginner’s Guide?
By its title, you might assume this is a beginner’s book, but you wouldn’t be exactly correct. I can give a decent opinion on this one point, as I’ve only be seriously drinking wine for a few years. My all time favorite beginner’s book was the topic of my very first blog post. I’d still recommend the same book for a 100% beginner, looking for a place to start.
Who Should Buy the Wine Folly Book?
The Wine Folly Guide is the perfect 2nd wine book, or would be great for a person who is past the very beginning of an interest in wine. Once you know your way around a few wines and are looking to go deeper, a pure beginners guide is no longer so useful. Enter Wine Folly – online and in print. Often, quick access to more information without needing to read an encyclopedia is just what is needed. Madeline and Justin present an amazingly wide variety of material in fun infographics. Perfect for getting a quick answer to your burning question of the day. It also functions well as a coffee table book, as you can literally open it to any page and find something interesting.
My Favorite Part
My favorite part of the book is Madeline’s challenge in the preface on page VII. She sets out 3 goals:
- Taste 34 of the 55 wines in the book
- Try at least 1 wine from each of 12 regions
- Learn to blind taste your favorite varietal
This is the best way to use the book, as your guide to broadening your wine horizons. How did I do? I’m at 53 of the 55 varieties, 12 for 12 on regions, and I participate in a blind tasting group. And I still think the Wine Folly Guide is very fun and very useful.
Win the Wine Folly Guide!
Holy cow, I’m running my first giveaway! Would you like to win a copy of the new Wine Folly book? Of course you would. All you need to do is leave a comment here with your favorite introductory wine book. On Wednesday September 30th, I’ll randomly pick a winner, and the publisher will send you a free copy. Of course, I’d love it if you would also follow my blog, but you’ll be on the honor system for that. One proviso: contest is only open to US addresses. Go!
Here are a few example pages provided courtesy of Wine Folly (click on any image to view the full size slide show)