Wine Enthusiast: Enthusiast Crib Notes

Mike Duffy

Want the perfect book to get you started with your first sip, and bring you well beyond?  Pick up Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine.  Mark Oldman, a long-time wine educator and founder of, has written just the right volume to help readers understand wine varieties, regions, and what sommeliers mean whey they say, “Smells like lychee fruit.”  He also suggests cheaper alternatives to often expensive wines (see his chatper, “Instead of Chardonnay, Try Zesty, Spanish Albarino).