Bernard Klem resides in Trumbull, Connecticut. He is the author of WineSpeak: A Vinous Thesaurus of 36,975 bizarre, erotic, funny, outrageous, poetic, silly, and ugly wine-tasting descriptors.
How to Talk about Wine: Discover the Secrets of Wine Ten Minutes at a Timeby Bernard Klem
What is terroir? How do grapes become wine? What are tannins? This delightful portable guide has the answers to these questions and much more. Bernard Klem has whipped up a fun, easily digestible handbook that explains everything the novice needs to know to speak intelligently about wine at the store, restaurant, or table. From bottles and labels to the oenophile's lingo, it describes wine essentials, including: smell, taste, color, and effervescence. The left-hand side of each page features basic terminology, while the right-hand side uses more advanced language. For a tasty finale, there's practical information about matching wine with food, shopping for wine, and even what wine to bring as a guest.
It's the witty, wise Wine 101 that every would-be expert should have!
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A thoughtful, no-nonsense and practical book about how to talk about wine, describe its wonders and enjoy its pleasure. This book is useful for both newcomers to wines and for connoisseurs who far too often get caught up in snobby wine-speak that excludes rather than enlightens those around them. As the author Bernard Klem politely reminds us, wine is a food to be shared in a way that warms the soul of each and every one of our guests. Mr. Klem's unpretentious manner is a sure sign of his deep knowledge of and true appreciation for wine. Nothing humbles us more than a forthright exploration of an unfathomable subject. Mr. Klem opens the book with a touching dedication to his daughter-in-law Tina who passed too early, but not before leaving a lasting legacy as a caring giver to those in need. Tina, like wine, teaches us that life is mysterious and full of both delightful surprises and unexpected disappointments. In the end, and unconsciously or not, Mr. Klem encourages the reader to embrace an authentic expression of nature's generosity and its inclusive intent. Seems it was Tina's way. Glen Macdonald Westfield, NJ