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

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


It’s Here!

The highly anticipated hardcover Magnum Edition, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide, is out now.


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.

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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.

What they said about Wine Folly
I really love this book! You don’t need to know anything about wine to understand this book.
Heidi Cowan

Madeline’s respectful but unfussy approach cuts through the mystique and makes wine approachable. I think she’s increased our enjoyment of the wine tasting and buying experience about 200% just from information and advice in the book and on the wonderful Wine Folly website.
S. Sloan

Wine Folly is a game changer. As a visual learner, the way this book is written and illustrated, makes wine so much easier to learn–and best of all–fun.

I purchased this for my work, I manage a restaurant that sells a lot of wine. My staff has been using this book to help themselves learn about wine and increase their knowledge to guide our customers to the right wine. Whether you’re a wine snob or amateur this book is fantastic.

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About The Authors

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide To Wine was written by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack. Madeline Puckette is a sommelier, designer, and author. Justin Hammack is a digital strategist, information architect, and entrepreneur.

International Editions

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine is available in the following languages:

British English: Michael Joseph
Bulgarian: Gourmet Publishing Ltd
Chinese: (Complex – Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau) Cube Press
Chinese: (Simplified) BEIJING FONGHONG BOOKS CO., LTD.
Danish: JP/ Politikens Forlagshus A/S
Dutch: Karakter Uitgevers
French: Editions Hachette Livre/Marabout
German: Heyne
Italian: Vallardi
Hungarian: Hvg Kiado
Korean: Youngjin.Com Inc.
Lithuanian: Vaga Publishers Ltd.
Mongolian: Magnum Opus Consulting LLC
Polish: Dream Music SP. Z O.O.
Portuguese: (Brazil) Editora Intrinseca
Portuguese: (Portugal) Edicoes Saida de Emergencia, LDA.
Romanian: Baroque Books
Russian: Azbooka-Atticus
Turkish: Pegasus Yayincilik TIC ve San. Lts. Sti.
Ukraine: Old Lion

Errors & Omissions

We found the following errors and omissions in the 1st printing:

  • Page 7 85% required for New Zealand, South Africa and Australia single-varietal wine (not 75%)
  • Page 49 36 months (not “36 years”)
  • Page 77 Péssac-Leognan (not “Pessac-Leognan”)
  • Page 89 Spätlese (not “Spâtlese”)
  • Page 110 Carmenère (not Carménère)
  • Page 119 Remove “Colline Pesaresi” from “Regional Wines” and replace with “Offida Rosso DOCG” at 85% minimum Montepulciano
  • Page 119 Remove “Umbria” and “Torgiano” from “Regional Wines” (these designation only contain up to 10% Montepulciano)
  • Page 151 Pinotage is the 4th most planted red grape in South Africa (not “most planted”)
  • Page 151 Abraham Perold (not Abraham Herold)
  • Page 157 Change “glass type” to “oversize”
  • Page 158 “This book includes to examples…”
  • Page 187 País is a red grape (shown as white)
  • Page 196 Württemberg (not “Württemburg”)
  • Page 203 Wairau Valley (not “Wairu”)
  • Page 213 Change “Lake Michigan Shore” to Old Mission Peninsula

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