The Little Wine Guide

Don't know much about wine? You have come to the right place my friend.

This compact illustrated book is your quick start guide to wine. Learn the lingo with an overview of wine to get you on your feet fast. From the basic wine types to throwing your own wine tasting, restaurant presentation ettiquete to an overview of wine in America and more.

Presented in a fun manner to make discovering your personal wine style enjoyable and start your wine journey with a smile.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Basic Wine Types
Chapter 2: What's in a Number
Chapter 3: Glassware and Bottle Shapes
Chapter 4: To Chill or Not To Chill
Chapter 5: Wine Store Visit
Chapter 6: Restaurant Wine Presentation
Chapter 7: Wine Lingo
Chapter 8: Throw Your Own Wine Tasting
Chapter 9: For the Casual Dining Wine Server
Chapter 10: Winemaking Overview
Chapter 11: The Vines: A Brief History of U.S. Vineyards
Chapter 12: Fun Tidbits About Wine
Chapter 13: Conclusion
Chapter 14: Further Reading

PLUS, downloadable wine journal page and wine tasting description guide. See below.

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What others are saying!

"What a great book - fun content, well-organized and easy to read and digest!" Cynthia Calongne--Lyr Lobo

About the author

I'm a wine enthusiast on my personal wine journey who found most books on wine either too textbook, too long, or packed with information I don't need or want to know. Eventually I was collecting the information that I found pertinent to enjoying wine without a degree in viticulture. I thought others might like to have the short cut to the core material as well. Thus was born the idea for The Little Wine Guide. So, join me on this wine discovery journey! I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and have worked in Fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense most of my working life. I am a Colorado native who loves the mountains and wildlife, but I don't ski, I currently volunteer at a cat shelter, played clarinet for a short time, and dabble in drawing, watercolor, and acrylic painting.

My Personal Wine Notes:

Although my book introduces all wines with equal treatment, I personally have a preference for white wines.

I have enjoyed many wonderful red wines, but given a choice I will order a Riesling if at all possible.

Although I strongly advocate that you experiment and find what you like, I will share a few of the wines I enjoy for your benefit. If it assists you, then I am happy.

I am partial to the German Rieslings:

Clean Slate
Zeller schwarze Katz
Carl Schmitt-Wagner (100 year old vines - ungrafted)
Willi Schaefer

American Rieslings:

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Riesling - my favorite US Riesling hands down
Seaglass Riesling from Seaglass Wine Company

White Wines I recommend:

Kendall Jackson Chardonay
Clos Du Bois Pinot Grigio
Voga Pinot Grigio
Vento Di Mare Pinot Grigio

Red wine I recommend:

Monte Antico Toscano (Super Tuscan red blend)
Predator Old Vine Zinfandel, Rutherford Ranch Winery
Healdsburg Ranches Pinot Noir (Appellation Series is best)
Dairyman Pinot Noir from Belle Glos Winery

Rose or Blush

Marques de Caceres Rioja Ros� (Spanish Ros�, slightly dry Grenache and Tempranillo blend)
Domaine de Fontsainte - Gris de Gris AOC Corbi�res from the South of France (slightly dry Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir blend


The Wine Journal page and Wine Flavor Description page are regular letter size for your convenience to print out. Consider getting a binder to store your journal pages save the flavor description page in the binder too.

Wine Journal Page

Wine Flavor Description Page

Wine Glass Graphic Guide

Wine Folly's Food & Wine Pairing -- purchase poster at