Podcast

Wine Folly with Madeline Puckette

Madeline Puckette wrangling Port wine
Madeline Puckette wrangling Port wine

A lively look at the world through Madeline Puckette’s eyes. Madeline is the content director and co-founder of the award-winning website winefolly.com, and co-author of the NYT best-selling book, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine.

Madeline describes herself as a musician and graphic designer gone wine geek – and wine geek only scratches the surface. She is a certified sommelier with Court of Master, a New York Times bestselling author, and winner of the Wine Blogger of the Year distinction from the International Wine & Spirits Competition.

Though Madeline and Wine Folly are based in Seattle, she travels widely to experience and share compelling stories about wineries, regions, and winemakers. We discuss the physical and climate-related features that influence the character of wine, but also marvel at the cultural practices of the people making the wine – a vital component of a wine’s personality.

Madeline also reveals some unknown or criminally underrated places that produce wonderful wines but tend to fall under our radar. We also spend some time figuring out why certain restaurants or wine bars have a special vibe that makes learning about and drinking wine more enjoyable. We throw in a couple of recommendations for those in the Seattle area.

Wine is for the people!
I’m a little bit of a proletariat in that way.

Madeline Puckette from Wine Folly
Madeline – getting the low-down

We also think about how to capture the essence of places via map design choices. Why is it that hand-drawn maps tend to connect us to places with more immediacy?

 

Hand-drawn map of Hungary's wine regions
Hand-drawn map of Hungary’s wine regions

What Madeline has created at Wine Folly empowers us with the tools we need to learn wine on our own. While many other wine resources might focus on telling you what to think, Wine Folly gives you the framework you need to understand your own wine preferences – “we want you to think what to think.”

 

Signed copy of Wine Folly book. Inscribed with “Here’s to Dah Funk” – photo by Eric Parkinson

Show Links

Wine Folly

from the Wine Folly site:

Art as Experience by John Dewey

“He believes that the object should not be seen in isolation from the process that produced it, nor from the individuality of vision from which it came.”

Somm: Into The Bottle – documentary streaming on Amazon | iTunes

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine – from Amazon


Credits
Podcast intro music: “Mister S” by Luc Marcotte
Podcast exit music: “Neogrotesque” by Luc Marcotte
Photography courtesy of Wine Folly unless otherwise noted