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Chosen by 805 Living magazine
as one of the
best "Booze Books" of 2013.
December 2013 Issue of 805 Living Magazine
Chosen as one of the best Booze Books of the year.
Nose, Legs, Body!
Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand
"Len Napolitano is a wine writer and wine educator and has been a fixture on TV's Fine Living Network. Like all good teachers, he respects his audience and would rather invite them to the party, than to intimidate them.
A quick read will do much to raise the confidence of fledgling wine fans and the glossary and appendices will be valuable for those questions that come up later."
"This little book manages to achieve a lot without being patronising in style or tone, without fear or favour and without it feeling like you are undergoing an initiation ceremony for a secret society. It is just like sitting down with the author or another expert and saying in everyday language "hey, why does…?" and getting a similarly clear, jargon-free, informed reply."
And it sounds like a different language when people talk about wine, doesn’t it?
That’s how wine columnist Len Napolitano felt when he was a self-conscious wine amateur until he cut through a web of peculiar wine terms and complex subjects and transitioned into a practical wine professional.
Now, in this informative and entertaining new book, Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand, Napolitano builds confidence in wine beginners. He fits a bounty of useful information into 50 concise answers to common, yet critical, wine questions and concludes each chapter with enlightening, hands-on wine tasting exercises to do at home.
As you begin to understand wine and appreciate its potential to complement so much in life, you open new possibilities for joyful experiences in socializing, dining, and everyday living. So, let the wine education begin! From learning the basics of wine to discovering the how’s and why’s of a great wine, your confidence will grow when talking about wine and choosing it in any situation.
Nose, Legs, Body! helps you:
-Strengthen your passion for wine by knowing its most pertinent terms, processes, and styles
-Gain confidence in making wine selections—in restaurants, wine aisles or online
-Improve your wine and food pairing experiences
-Learn wine subtleties through experiential instruction inside each chapter
Len Napolitano, "wineologist" from 2003 to 2010 on TV’s Fine Living Network (now Cooking Channel), guides you through your first steps in wine—essential steps to exploring, learning, and tasting. With sincerity and whimsy, Len examines a broad range of wine subjects as you gain new and practical knowledge of wine. Chapters are organized according to meaningful subjects wine lovers want to know, explained in an informal, question-and-answer format.
Nose, Legs, Body! is perfect for social wine drinkers, businesspeople who entertain wine-savvy clients, cooking hobbyists, food service professionals and anyone transitioning from a beer or martini as his or her beverage of choice to a crisp pinot grigio or robust cabernet sauvignon.
-Increase your wine intelligence with Nose, Legs, Body!
-Stimulate conversation using your wine knowledge
-Impress guests with your wine selections and food pairings
-Picture yourself scanning that wine list with confidence!
About the Author:
Len Napolitano was enjoying a successful career in engineering when he realized his skills in technical sales, writing, and marketing could be combined with his passion for—and knowledge in—wine. That’s when he exchanged his calculator for a cabernet. He began a new profession explaining complexity with clarity in his weekly wine column, Wineology: Intelligence for the Wine Consumer. Over the next ten years, Wineology expanded, as Len became the “wineologist” on TV’s Fine Living Network TV from 2003 to 2008, giving valuable wine tips to viewers. He is currently the wine columnist at Sonoma-based Wine Country This Week magazine.
Questions answered in Nose, Legs, Body!
1. How does wine get so many flavors and aromas?
2. How does wine get color?
3. What makes chardonnay, or any wine, taste different among producers?
4. Why are some wines blended?
5. Why are some wines filtered?
6. Why is wine aged in oak?
7. What is a wine appellation of origin?
8. What is a vineyard-designated wine?
9. What is terroir?
10. What is the relationship between wine and weather?
11. What is hang time?
12. What can be learned from a visit to a winery?
13. What’s happening at a winery during harvest?
14. Do sulfites in wine give me a headache?
15. What is organic wine?
16. What is tannin?
17. Why do some dry wines taste sweet?
18. What is a "hot" wine?
19. What should I look for on a wine label?
20. What’s better—cork or screw cap?
...Plus 30 more, with quick-reference tables & glossary!
"Nose, Legs, Body!...I love the book!" -- Cat Cora, first female Iron Chef on Food Network's "Iron Chef America." http://www.catcora.com/