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Wine Simple: A Totally Approachable Guide from a World-Class Sommelier

Named one of the best cookbooks of the year by FOOD52

Aldo Sohm has worked as wine director of three-Michelin-starred Le Bernardin for over a decade and is one of the most widely-respected sommeliers in the world.  Imbued with Aldo’s insatiable passion and eagerness to teach others, Wine Simple is accessible, deeply educational, and lively and fun.  It’s also filled with Aldo’s strong opinions on wine so you can learn to form your own.

Wine Simple includes:

  • The fundamentals of wine in easy-to-absorb, pragmatic, everyday tips;
  • Key varietals and winemaking regions;
  • How to taste, when to save, and when to splurge;
  • How to set up a wine tasting at home;
  • Techniques on building a flavor library”;
  • A cheat sheet to good (and great) vintages;
  • Tips on troubleshooting tricky wines (corked?); and,
  • For the daring, how to saber a bottle of champagne!

Wine Simple’s visual, user-friendly approach will inspire readers to have the confidence, curiosity, and enthusiasm to taste smarter, drink boldly, and dive headfirst fearlessly into the exciting world of wine.


“If you’ve ever felt like you ought to be smart about wine, this is the book. Aldo makes wine approachable and never dumbed down.”—Madeline Puckette, co-founder of Wine Folly

“A meal at Le Bernardin is always an incredible experience, especially with Aldo’s expert knowledge and effortless charm! It can be intimidating to choose wine, but with Wine Simple we can all feel like world-class sommeliers.”—Chrissy Teigen

“Whoever thinks wine is all about snobbery and intricate complexity should open this book! In less than 300 pages, Aldo Sohm manages to open the doors of this universe with wit, fun, and great pedagogy. A perfect, personal beginner’s guide by a legend in our industry, Wine Simple will surely be the bedside book for a new generation of wine lovers.”—Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier and managing partner, Racines NY

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