Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack is my go-to wine reference book. From the founders of winefolly.com (incidentally Wine Folly is my go-to wine blog!) this book lays out in clear language and charts everything you need to get your wine education started.
With information easily digestible to the budding oenophile, Puckette and Hammack take the reader through fundamentals like tasting, handling, and pairing wine. Then they delve into the specifics of common grapes and wine regions.
In particular I love the grape aroma wheels. I often refer back to them when I have a question about what I might be smelling or tasting.
The book does not stop with just particulars about some of the most common grape varietals. Puckette and Hammack have also provided details about the more well-known wine regions; both in the Old World and in the New.
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine is available in MANY languages. I have it only in English at the moment but am looking forward to getting my hands on copies in Italian, German, and Spanish!
The book is like a compact version of the Wine Folly website. So if you’re like me and have searched Puckette and Hammack’s website for information; you’ll find Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine informative, interesting, and very useful.