Archive for the ‘Books’ Category


Evolution of a Wine Drinker

Her journey begins with taking what was going to be a slam dunk, easy senior course. Instead, it turned into a bit of a nightmare, with Captain Sargent leading the torture… Even when it made that turn, and older Marine is still a Marine, after all,… and, you WILL get it.


The Diabetic Wine Lovers Guide, a pairing that works

The Diabetic Wine Lovers Guide… Do you think it can happen? I know it can, because I have someone who, once he was “pre-diagnosed,” took his life into his own hands, and still drinks wine today, but lost the “pre-diagnosed.” How? Change of eating habits. Paleo diet, which precludes starches. Joined a gym. Is now […]


Lettie Teague’s Wine in Words is headed toward one of the best wine books, ever

I just finished reading Lettie Teague’s Wine in Words, Notes for Better Drinking. Lettie is as much the resource as she is charming. Easy to read, personable, this valuable book is headed toward being one of the best wine books ever sold, historically… It’s a major keeper! Congratulations to Lettie Teague. Why? How do I […]


New Book – Wine Trivia

Wine writer Dick Rosano has finished writing and has published another wine book. Author of other these previously released wine books: Tuscan Blood: A mystery set at a winery in Tuscany Hunting Truffles:A mystery involving the grant theft of truffles in Alba, Italy Wine Heritage: The Story of Italian-American Vintners And now, Wine Trivia: In […]


Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, by Joseph Mills

It was a perfect afternoon for rug cleaning. Professionals were zipping though the house. The decision of what to do with this “found” time Turned into poetry reading and wine sipping… Although I couldn’t be at “The Beach,” I was sipping a 2007 Viña La Playa Block Selection Reserve Chardonnay (“La Playa” is Spanish for […]


Wine Books I’ve read over the years…. Getting ready for some summer reviewing

With weather averaging in the 70s in Northern California, our summers begin a bit ahead of other areas, in terms of getting outside, having weekends where we leave wine country to the tourists, and find quiet moments to get back to slower times on longer days. Also, I’m still rebuilding my life from our house […]


The Essence of Wine

First of all, I have to apologize to Alder Yarrow of Vinography, regarding his book called The Essence of Wine. When he asked if I’d read it, I was ready. Then, Dharma stood me on my head and it’s taken from September 5 until now to get back onto my feet. Life does that… All […]


Holiday book recommendations for wine and food lovers

Each year I like to share book recommendations for wine-related books I’ve read in the past year, for those who like to up the ante on their family and friends’ wine libraries… The book library, of course. Here’s my list and a paragraph about each one for new books in 2014: Mint Juleps with Teddy […]


Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt

Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt, The Compete History of Presidential Drinking, by Mark Will-Weber, is a well researched and documented history book, the likes of which we’ve yet had revealed. Enlightening, frightening, and really captivating, this book will never be pried out of my stiffly clutched arms. I think I’ll take it with me for fun […]


Have you ever thought about Making Your Own Wine at Home?

Making your own wine is done by a lot of home winemakers. And, if you’ve ever thought about making your own wine, right in the comfort of your home, there’s a great new book on the market. Written by Lori Stahl, and published by Fox Chapel Publishing, Making Your Own Wine at Home is a […]