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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Crosstown Publishing, Inc. (December 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985533617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985533618
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

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.

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Back in the days of roommates and communal dinners, I'd often put together a pot of spaghetti and red sauce (that and scrambled eggs being my entire culinary repertoire) and serve it to friends along with a jug of California's best. Though the jug wine was jug wine--the Hearty Burgundy most certainly contained not a drop of Pinot Noir, while the Chianti was likely a Sangiovese-less blend of Carignan and Zinfandel--it still managed to sink its vinous hooks into my palate and its taste, tannins, and alcoholic buzz into my memories of good times with good people.

Who would have guessed that a lifelong love of fermented grape juice would come from such suspect beginnings? And yet it did, and now one of my great pleasures is sharing my passion for wine with new groups and generations of wine drinkers and explorers. I hope A BEER DRINKER'S GUIDE TO KNOWING AND ENJOYING FINE WINE will help instill in you a similar appreciation for this remarkable beverage.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bean on February 10, 2013
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As someone who grew up surrounded by wines,having the opportunity to taste both good and great vintages, I never really have taken the time to learn about this wonderful libation. Jim's book provides a simple, witty and fun guide not only for beer drinkers but for those of us who already appreciate drinking wine. Not surprisingly, it also increased my appreciation of the similarities between beer and wine tasting and has tempted me to expand my "tastings" to the wide variety of brews now available. If there is one book that can bridge lovers of beer and wine, Jim's book has crossed that bridge and captures both audiences.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Felipe on February 12, 2013
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James Laughren has written a fine and readable book for beer drinkers wishing to learn more about consuming, procuring and enjoying fine wine. Dedicated wine drinkers will learn new material too. Part of this volume goes into a detailed history of the various wine-making regions in the U.S. and Europe. Even a dedicated and educated beer drinker will learn something new and informative about their ale. Clarifying "wine-speak" is also found in these pages, and the many sidebars and maps make the material "spirited."

As an educator for many years, I learned that presenting a subject in understandable terms is much more effective than introducing a topic in complex and intricate terms. Regardless of background, this method achieves much more universality without compromising integrity. A Beer Drinker's Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine is such a book and comes highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NobleHops on February 18, 2013
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The perfect complement for the craft beer enthusiast! This book builds upon the passion for craft beer taste and exploration and connects you to the world of wine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Csaba L. Mera on November 27, 2013
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Great information for those of us who want to learn more about wine and are not up for trying to decipher the language of high-powered sommeliers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 18, 2013
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An eye opener for those of us who drink beer OR wine. This was a great lesson in the grapes, a manual of sorts that can be returned to again and again.
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