WINE 101 Beginner's Guide to Wine

Whether you're just getting started with wine or work in the industry, this page contains many useful resources that will round out your wine knowledge. Let's get started!

Wine Basics

Most wine is made with grapes, but they’re not like the ones you find in the grocery store. Wine grapes (latin name: Vitis vinifera) are smaller, sweeter, have thick skins, and contain seeds. There are over 1,300 wine grape varieties used in commercial production but only about 100 of these varieties make up 75% of the world’s vineyards.

Today, the most planted wine grape in the world is Cabernet Sauvignon (“cab-err-nay saw-vin-yon”). Find out more about the basics of wine (and which ones to try) in the following sections:

Serving Wine and Choosing Glassware

Wine is a peculiar beverage. It’s handy to know the best practices for serving, handling and storing wine – including choosing the right glasses for your occasion.

Handling Wine

Wine industry folks enlist additional tips and tricks for handling wine. Below you’ll find some of our most popular articles on handling wine like a pro.

Develop Your Sense of Taste

Learn how to pick out flavors in wine and identify pesky wine faults. Additionally, your tasting practice will help you spot great quality too! Definitely check out this how-to video on the 4-step tasting method that’s used by professionals. (Don’t worry, it’s easy to learn!)

Wine Folly

If you’re looking for an amazing wine guide book definitely check out Wine Folly: The Master Guide. It’s packed with wine basics, how to guides, types of wine, terms, wine regions, and amazing maps to help you find great quality wines around the world. We’re delighted to mention that it’s also an Amazon Top Cookbook of 2018. Feel free to check out