“The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Wine” by Tara Q. Thomas

If there is someone on your Christmas list who wants to learn more about the basics of wine – the Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Wine is for them!

Don’t know to open the bottle?  Unsure how to order wine in a restaurant?  Want to know how to pour like a pro?  Have no fear because this book gives clear straightforward answers to wine questions.  You will also learn what to expect from some of the most popular types of wine – in both price and flavor.

The book is sprinkled with lots of “Quick Sip” tips and little known facts about wine that makes for a fun read.

I liked the list of top wine myths such as:

  • Expensive wines must be good
  • There is a perfect wine
  • Only snobs drink wine
  • Bubbly wines are only for special occasions
  • Screw caps are only for cheap wines
  • If the cork breaks, the wine is bad
  • Savory wines are better than sweet wines


  • Pink wines are for sissies

You can learn the answers to all of these myths plus much more in this book. 

The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Wine sells for $ 9.95 and will have you swirling and sipping like a pro in no time.

The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Wine (Penguin Group Publishing, 2005) by Tara Q. Thomas. 

 I was provided a copy of The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Wine for the review.  These are my true and honest opinions.  No compensation was received.




Vickie Meets Marc Mondavi – Charles Krug Wine Tasting


Just left a fabulous wine tasting at Bin 51 in Edwardsville, IL.  Bin 51 gets 5 stars from this wine lover!  Charles Krug Winery ( Napa Valley’s first winery – established in 1861 ) was the featured winery tonight.  It was a pleasure to meet Marc Mondavi ( pictured with me) who is a proprietor of this historic winery.  We enjoyed all of the Charles Krug wines and left with a case of the 2009 Merlot and a few bottles of the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc.  Both are great wines at a great price.  Looking forward to my next trip to Napa Valley and a visit to this great winery!  

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