wine folly

Review :

The Essential Guide to Wine is one of the best beginner's guides I've encountered in any genre, period.

It's organized logically. Readers are first introduced to the fundamentals of wine - the characteristics of taste and smell, how those characteristics organize wines into broad styles (Light White, Light Red, and so on), and how those styles pair with food.

The voice and tone of the book is exceptional. The language is information dense while remaining straightforward and fun. It doesn't take itself too seriously - a common trap when writing about wine.

Only after we understand the fundamentals of wine are we introduced to the individual varieties within each style. Pinot Noir and Gamay are both "Light Reds". How are they similar How are they different

The visualizations are exceptional. Infographics, graphs, charts, and illustrations make concepts easy to understand and remember. Edward Tufte would be proud.

This guide gave me the mental framework I needed to understand wine and make it a fun hobby.

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