A BEER DRINKERS GUIDE TO ENJOY KNOWING AND ENJOYING FINE WINE
WORLDS BEST COCKTAILS
By Michael Hepworth
Hollywood(Spiritsman)7/12/14/–I always thought that beer drinkers were equally as fascinated with wine, but apparently
Many do not know the first thing about it. Hence the book by author Jim Laughren,
Certified Wine Educator and President of WineHead Consulting. “There’s an image
in popular culture of wine being complicated hard to understand, and that if you don’t
have a lot of ‘wine knowledge’ you’re somehow not entitled to enjoy or experience it
like insiders do,” explains Laughren.” That is untrue. Wine is simply a wonderfully
flavorful beverage. Whether you enjoy it with friends or food or just to relax, wine’s
highest calling is to provide pleasure.”
Yes Jim we already knew that, but apparently this book will help others who need it.
The paperback consists of 15 chapters and runs 199 pages, so a fairly easy read on
your next trip to Napa Valley or the Finger Lakes area. The focus is on tasting
wine, sniffing and wine insiders lingo and the difference between the Old World
and New World regions.
A Beer Drinkers Guide to knowing and enjoying fine wine.
Cross Town Publishing ISBN 978-0-9855336-1-8 $ 16.95
WORLDS BEST COCKTAILS
500 Signature drinks from the worlds best bars and bartenders
This book by Tom Sandham has been out a while, but it provides a comprehensive
look at the serious world of cocktails. Bartenders who offer personal tips include
Jim Meehan and Dale de Groff in New York and Tony Conigliaro and Salvatore
Calabrese in London.
This attractive hard cover book runs 304 pages with plenty of splashy photographs
and is close to being an invaluable reference guide to all things cocktail. Some
of the categories include the “Basic Kit” needed to make cocktails, a breakdown of
rum and the many varied uses it has and a push for people to use gin more than
vodka as the base for great cocktails.
Sandham leads the life many of us only dream of, flying the world to judge
Spirits competitions, writing a column for the Times of London and co-founder
of the drinks site Dwink.com. He is even smiling broadly when shaking up a
cocktail on the cover of the book, and why not indeed. He also edits the in-house
magazine for the ultra-trendy Soho House group of clubs, and he is also one of
the elite 99 people who can claim fingerprint recognition at the hidden 99 bar in
Worlds Best Cocktaila
Fair Winds Press ISBN 978-1-59233-527-5 $28
287 S.Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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