"Wine and beer are the world's oldest and most important beverages. Finally here's a book that respects, appreciates and gives both their due. A Beer Drinker's Guide To Knowing & Enjoying Fine Wine is excellent... A 'must read' for anyone, beer drinker or not, who wants to increase their knowledge of fine wine. It's probably the best, and certainly the least snobby, introduction to wine on the market today." -Shields Hood, Past President, Society of Wine Educators
"Jim Laughren's very readable book provides a wealth of information about the worlds of beer and wine... My first love will always be great craft beer, but Jim certainly helped round-out my appreciation for the world's other great beverage. ...will be read in its entirety and brought back out to answer questions and settle disputes raised over many bottles of great beer and great wine. Cheers to that!" -Dan Kenary, President & Co-Founder, Harpoon Brewery
"Though shelves creak under the weight of wine books, here's a welcome addition that's relaxed, inviting and intelligent. A sweet, bright humor pervades the book, as Laughren makes wine tasting sound like fun rather than an opportunity to embarrass yourself. His descriptions "like sucking stones and chips of slate dipped in lime and lychee juice" require attention. He's like a knowledgeable friend who doesn't wear it on his sleeve. Cheers to this spirited, perceptive guide." -Kirkus, starred review
"Jim dives into the world of fermentable beverages and comes up a winner. Unpretentious and utterly enjoyable, A Beer Drinker's Guide to Knowing & Enjoying Fine Wine is masterfully written a true imbiber's fun and friendly exploration into wine, beer, and exciting wine cocktails." -Linda Pettine, Professor of Mixology, Johnson & Wales
"Jim Laughren's no-nonsense approach... elevates both great beer and exceptional wine to the levels they deserve. His obvious expertise... allows him to pull back the veil on the world of fine wine, at the same time celebrating the best of brewing. The ideal starting point to learn more about the world s 'other' great beverage." -Jeff Erway, President & Head Brewer, La Cumbre Brewing
"...scores a bulls-eye for anyone wanting to explore the ins and outs of wine. His conversational, easy-to-understand style makes this a book for anyone seeking entrée to the world of wine. From styles and varietals to scoring, storing and wine-speaking, this book is both fun and truly educational." -Jane Nickles, CWE, author, "WineSpeak 101"
"This book is not just for beer drinkers. Full of useful information, it is perfect for anyone looking to improve his or her wine knowledge. Laughren covers all of the basics (and not so basics) of enjoying wine like a pro. ...a ton of specificity... it is insanely useful. A Beer Drinker's Guide is absolutely full of interesting, useful information for selecting, smelling, tasting, and, yes, enjoying wine. This book is fun to read and fun to use. I will certainly be keeping this and referring to it often." -San Francisco Book Review 5 stars
"...takes you through quick tutorials and in-depth details of both the similarities and differences between beer and wine... The editing is superior - what a pleasure! And the witticisms scattered throughout are unfettered by editorial rules. It is just beautiful stuff, a book that I would gladly share with my beer-drinker cronies while keeping a copy stashed away for myself." --Janet Green, Readers' Favorite Review, 5 stars
Jim Laughren, CWE
, is a wine expert and consultant—and novice beer aficionado—with more than 30 years experience sampling and acquiring fine wines. He is the former president of a wine importer and distributor, and has toured the wine regions of Europe, South America, and the United States. He appears frequently on various ABC, CBS, Fox, and NPR radio programs and is a regular wine and beverage contributor to The Huffington Post
. He lives in Portland, Oregon.