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From the world-renowned sommelier Aldo Sohm, a dynamic, essential wine guide for a new generation

Named One of the Best Cookbooks of the Year by Food52

Aldo Sohm is one of the most respected and widely lauded sommeliers in the world. He's worked with celebrated chef Eric Ripert as wine director of three-Michelin-starred Le Bernardin for over a decade, yet his philosophy and approach to wine is much more casual. Aldo's debut book, Wine Simple, is full of confidence-building infographics and illustrations, an unbeatable depth of knowledge, effusive encouragement, and, most important, strong opinions on wine so you can learn to form your own. Imbued with Aldo's insatiable passion and eagerness to teach others, Wine Simple is accessible, deeply educational, and lively and fun, both in voice and visuals. 

This essential guide begins with the fundamentals of wine in easy-to-absorb hits of information and pragmatic, everyday tips - key varietals and winemaking regions, how to taste, when to save and when to splurge, and how to set up a wine tasting at home. Aldo then teaches you how to take your wine knowledge to the next level and evolve your palate, including techniques on building a “flavor library”, a cheat sheet to good (and great) vintages (and why you shouldn't put everything on the line for them), tips on troubleshooting tricky wines (corked? mousy?), and, for the daring, even how to saber a bottle of champagne. This 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.

This audiobook contains a downloadable PDF of maps, charts, recommended wine pairings, and a glossary of wine terms from the book. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Aldo Sohm and Christine Muhlke (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Tim richards
  • 10-02-2021

Great wine book

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Much about wine I started to drink so many kinds. My mind has been opened. Also gave me a morphius level of eye opening knowledge and it talks about many types of wine and things you’ll need to know. It was truly lovely

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  • Angela in Colorado
  • 03-02-2021

A Great Book

Mr. Sohm has done an excellent job sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm about wine. He has done so in an approachable and entertaining way that makes listening and learning a true pleasure. Though his reading performance was well done, there were a few words I struggled to understand. If you enjoy wine and want to know more- this is one of the best books I’ve found.

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  • Kristin L
  • 23-01-2021

Concise, thoughtful, and fun!

This is a great guide from a sommelier of whom I greatly respect. Perfect for all wine lovers and a book I’ll recommend to anyone that wants to take their wine game to the next level.

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