Hello #winelovers and happy Wednesday to you…

This week I am up in the Okanagan Valley for a B.C. VQA panel session and some down time with my little family.  A great new wine I want to tell you about is Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012 B.C. VQA.  For $24.90, this Pinot Noir delivers structure and elegance with a great dose of earthy minerality that works very well and tastes delicious.  A GGG ‘Hell Yes’ indeed!

On to the focus of my post today – my first ever book review on ‘Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine‘ by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack.  In Canada, this book retails for $33 and is $25 USD respectively.


First though, a bit of a background on Wine Folly.  I came to know about WineFolly.com three years ago when I set my blog into motion.  I followed Wine Folly on Twitter and went to the website often.  I am a huge fan of their design, research and graphics.  Then, this past August, I had the pleasure of meeting Madeline at the Wine Bloggers Conference in the Finger Lakes region of New York and we had zero fun together as shown below…


When I found out that Wine Folly was publishing a book, I was beyond excited. Finally, a user-friendly wine book that is intelligent and looks great too! Madeline and Justin use simple yet attention grabbing graphics to deliver facts and information in a palatable way.  This book will not make you feel intimidated and you will come away with excellent knowledge on wine varieties, taste profiles, food and wine pairing charts and in-depth maps on major wine regions of the world.

I was a bit surprised, however, to find that Canada was not listed as a wine region but I understand their decision after digging a little further – Wine Folly focuses on the 12 countries that produce 80% of the worlds’ wine which indeed makes sense.

This book is a perfect gift for the wine lover on your Christmas list – it is comprehensive, concise, informative and fun.  This is a fantastic book and one that will quickly become a classic.