If you’re like me, you probably read a number of wine blogs. With thousands of them out there, the big question is which ones to read. Today I’d like to give props to Wine Folly, one of my favorite blogs and websites.
According to their site, “Wine Folly is a culture site offering articles and videos that will connect you to the world of wine. We’re in Seattle but travel around the world to curate the best wine values and the most awesome stories about wineries, regions and winemakers.”
Madeline Puckett is the head of Wine Folly. She’s a sommelier with an adorable personality. I’ve never met in her person, but I get a really good sense of who she is from her wonderful articles and infographics. I bought her new book too, but haven’t yet had a chance to read it.
If you already know and love Wine Folly, feel free to skip the rest of this article. But I would greatly appreciate your share what you like best about Wine Folly in a comment.
If Wine Folly is new to you, please allow me to share some of the reasons I think they are so great.
Wine Folly Has No Attitude
Even though Wine Folly knows more about wine than most of us, they treat us like we’re cool. There is no snobbiness whatsoever. You gotta love that.
Wine Folly Keeps It Simple
On their home page, it says “Learn About Wine.” That line is followed by three simple bullets: “Identify familiar flavors in wine. Easily pair food and wine. Drink like an expert.”
Wine Folly Has Very Cool Products
Maps, posters, t-shirts and more! My favorites are the posters.
You Learn a Lot
Looking at their list of topics gives you a sense of the breadth of material.
One of my favorite recent articles is called “What’s Really Inside a Glass of Wine.”
Madeline starts out by saying that wine is mainly water followed by alcohol followed by a very small amount of “other stuff.” She says that it’s the other stuff that accounts “for all the aromas, the color and the unique taste.”
She then goes on to describe what you get from each of the things that make up other stuff, including acid, amino acids, esters, minerals and much more.
Did you know that “Acetaldehyde is a volatile compound that is sometimes described as having a yellow apple-like aroma? Acetaldehyde is caused primarily from oxidation in the winemaking process. In most wines there are very trace amounts of Acetaldehyde (30–80 mg/L), except for Sherry, which has about 300 mg/L due to its oxygen-friendly winemaking process.” I know I didn’t.
Wine Folly Makes It Fun
On March 9, one of the articles is entitled “Cereal and Wine Pairing Throw Down.” If you’re dying to know what wine pairs best with Lucky Charms, you’ll want to read this article. This type of article highlights the fact that Madeline and Team don’t take wine too seriously.
I hope I’ve inspired you to check out Wine Folly. To subscribe to their blog, fill out this form.
I would love to hear your thoughts about Wine Folly and other favorite wine blogs.