Cooking the books: Wine Folly

December 3, 2015

Wine Folly cover /

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas fully upon us, it’s time to think about gifts. So I’m thinking about “Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine.”

Obviously, this isn’t a cookbook. It’s a wine book. But it’s a great one.

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It’s fun.

It’s friendly.

It makes wine simple.

It’s clean and cool and modern-looking.

It’s a great reference, whether you’re new to wine or not.

And it’s loaded with generalizations. When it comes to wine, that’s a good thing because every rule has so many dang exceptions that—unless you’re studying to be a sommelier—doing otherwise is just confounding.

Long story short—immediately go out and buy it for yourself and everyone you know that’s even the slightest bit interested in wine.

Inside Wine Folly /

Wine Folly” has just three sections—fundamentals, a short, sweet primer; wine styles, which includes a full-spread infographic for each of 55 different wines, giving you a sense of what it tastes like, where it comes from, what it costs, etc; and wine regions, which maps the world’s major wine-producing areas, including growing areas and wine types.

Inside Wine Folly /

It comes to us from the web site of the same name, where designer-turned-sommelier Madeline Puckette and business-and-IT-guy Justin Hammack awesomely address all things wine.

The Washington Post called “Wine Folly” “the best introductory book on wine to come along in years” adding that Puckette and Hammack “have built their website into a leading authority on wine for millennials, using modern graphic design to present savvy knowledge of wine in new ways.”

Yeah. The Washington Post.

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If you’ve ever wondered what flavors to expect from Cabernet Sauvignon versus Merlot, or how the wines of Austria differ from those of Australia, “Wine Folly” is for you.

If you know those things, but sometimes want a simple reference because you don’t have the energy to lift your copy of “The Oxford Companion to Wine,” “Wine Folly” is for you.

If you simply like things that are fun, friendly, and that make complicated things less so, “Wine Folly” is for you.

It’ll definitely be under my tree.

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8 thoughts on “Cooking the books: Wine Folly

  1. Lauren @ Wicked Spatula

    How fun! When my husband and I first started drinking wine in college we’d have a “wine night” once a week were I would cook a 4 course meal and he would spend a decent chunk of time researching what wines would pair best with whatever I was making. It was so fun! This would be a great gift for Christmas!

  2. Jill Post author

    Your wine night sounds like a great way to learn about and explore wine, Lauren! Do you still do wine night? It’s kind of that explore/have fun/wine-shouldn’t-be-daunting spirit that I love about “Wine Folly.” Admittedly, their attitude mimics my own, and it’s always nice to have one’s position confirmed, right?!?

  3. Jennifer Stewart

    great book! I started out drinking reisling and now I am pinot noir drinker. I like the grigios but sometimes the sugar gives me a headache the next morning. I love the streamlined look and how clean and clear it is! Must get!

  4. Jill Post author

    Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, Jennifer! There shouldn’t be a lot of sugar in pinot grigio, so not sure if that’s what’s giving you a headache, although if you like a light wine like that you might try pinot gris–it’s the French equivalent and often made in a more steely/dry style. In any case, if you like wine, you’ll love the book–a Christmas present to yourself, perhaps???

  5. Jill Post author

    Sometimes it’s nice to give a good old-fashioned book, isn’t it, Dee Dee? Sometimes it’s also nice to buy Xmas gifts for oneself ;)

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