The Essential Guide to Wine

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The Essential Guide to Wine

Learn wine the fun way with the bestselling visual guide to wine.

A visual wine book that uses infographics and illustrations to simplify the complex topics of wine.

The best introductory book on wine to come along in years. – Washington Post

Wine simplified.

Those first steps into wine feel daunting. Red or white? Cabernet or Merlot? Light or bold? What to pair with food? Learn the basics while you explore new wines with this user-friendly guide.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine is small on purpose. It contains practical knowledge that is immediately useful to help you find and enjoy better wine.

Wine Fundamentals

This section contains the building blocks you'll need to structure your future understanding of wine. You'll learn the 5 basic traits of wine and how they affect the taste/flavor. Includes a sub-section on food pairing theory with diagrams showing how to pair wines with common ingredients.

Styles of Wine

The largest section of the book contains profiles of 55 different wines organized in 9 styles. Each wine has a full 2-page spread that profiles the flavors, regional distribution, serving information, average cost for quality, and factual data to help you analyze wine.

Wine Regions

This section contains profiles of the 12 major wine producing countries with 20 detailed maps identifying both the location of the wine regions and what grape varieties are grown there.


There are a few extras including page links to more information on the Wine Folly learn site (free), a glossary of wine words, a useful index section, and a personal tasting challenge to encourage exploration.

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Everything you need to know to be confident including tasting, handling, and food pairing.


Discover 50 of the world’s top wines organized by style.


Learn where the best wines grow in the world’s top 12 wine countries featuring 20 maps.

US Softcover

  • Softcover: 240 pages (full color)
  • Dimensions: 9.0 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs (635 grams)
  • Publisher: Avery (September 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592408990