The Essential Guide to Wine

99 reviews
Sold Out
Unit Price
Title US Paperback
- +


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 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.

UK Hardback

The UK edition of Wine Folly is made in Italy and has an original cover. Limited availability to 500 imported copies. This is the anglicized edition, so expect words like "flavours" and prices displayed in pounds (£). 

Companion Product: Perfect Reference Set

US Retail

  • Paperback: 240 pages (full color)
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs (635 grams)
  • Publisher: Avery (September 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592408990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592408993

UK Hardback

  • Hardback: 240 pages (full color)
  • Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (26 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English, UK
  • ISBN-10: 071818307X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718183073