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More filters. Sort order. May 19, Frankie Brazelton rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed. She quite masterfully explains the different varietals of grapes, the regions where wine is grown, the process of making wine from vine to glass, and playfully teaches the importance of not judging a wine by its packaging.
Most importantly, she closes her story by conveying that wine should, simply, be enjoyed simply.
May 22, Books, Chocolate and Wine rated it really liked it. Reviewed by Frankie on behalf of Books Chocolate and Wine. Jan 07, Emily Knight rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: wine lovers, no matter their level of knowledge! Wine and pretension quite often seem to go hand in hand. Watch, listen to or read about most wine experts' views on individual wines, and you'll be bamboozled with comments on the bouquet, the level of tannins, the oakiness, the vintage Alicia Bien used to be the same. The Los Angeles-based comedy writer and performer, as she explains at the start of 'Evolution of a Wine Drinker', used to just see wine as alcoholic and wet, until she took a course in wine tasting in the last semest Wine and pretension quite often seem to go hand in hand.
The Los Angeles-based comedy writer and performer, as she explains at the start of 'Evolution of a Wine Drinker', used to just see wine as alcoholic and wet, until she took a course in wine tasting in the last semester of her final college year. After making the mistake as putting swirling wine down to being snobby, her tutor instilled in her a desire to learn more It is an A-Z of stories, infused with Bien's fantastic brand of humour, and is educational without any snobbiness.
With chapters describing different grapes, different processes and different stories of Bien's explorations, this book is perfect for those who love wine. Her stories of mistakes and her lack of knowledge at the start will resonate with anyone new to wine, and her tips and experiences along her journey of discovery will encourage those who want to learn more, and prove that learning about wine doesn't need to involve pretentiousness. A funny and educational read. Dec 10, Marilyn Stanley rated it it was amazing.
Alicia Bien educates the novice, would - be Wino, through a series of short stories about her own experience in developing a taste for and knowledge of the fascinating world of wine. Each story chapter is a light hearted account of her own her own life experience, and in each she weaves a series of lessons, which educate the reader on some of the subtleties of wine. Her use of humour throughout makes it enjoyable and easy for the novice reader to gain the basics one needs to go to a Alicia Bien educates the novice, would - be Wino, through a series of short stories about her own experience in developing a taste for and knowledge of the fascinating world of wine.
Evolution of a Wine Drinker: Alicia Bien's Amazing Tales of learning how to drink. With taste. Legally. [Alicia Bien] on moifruchrealuc.tk *FREE* shipping on. The Evolution of Your Wine Palate (Funny, But True) . You dream of Champagne, but drink Prosecco, Crémant, Cava, Cap Classique, Sekt.
Her use of humour throughout makes it enjoyable and easy for the novice reader to gain the basics one needs to go to a Wine Tasting Party and appear to be a well seasoned Wino. While the reader will not become an instant sommelier, it is a great primer for the novice and its a fun easy read! Apr 11, Liz Donatelli rated it it was amazing.
Bien shares fascinating winemaking facts, highlights pivotal events in wine history, and tells entertaining tales of international Belgium, France, Spain and domestic ladies wine club wine tasting adventures. A highly recommended read for wine lovers, as well as the "wine curious" crowd. Apr 04, Shaina rated it it was amazing. Read this book with a glass of wine… or two… in hand! This fun, witty book is great for all wine drinkers. Nov 12, Skylar rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads.
I enjoyed this book a lot; it was hilarious.
My only reason for giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it's actually too short. I wish the chapters were longer. The writing is very good, the stories are well told, but they end too early.
As soon as I get really sucked into a story, feeling that I know the characters, etc, the chapter ends and moves on to a totally new story. Since the author is a comedy writer, it reads like a series of stand-up jokes. I'll definitely keep up with this author. Dec 09, Tracy Reinke rated it it was amazing.
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a wine lover myself, I am always on the lookout for books that teach me something but entertain as well. This book satisfies both of these criteria. It is written in small chapters so you aren't overwhelmed at any time. What I really liked was the personal stories that are interwoven in the nuggets of information. Alicia is very funny and I feel from just reading this book that we would be friends in real life Dec 07, Sharmyn Mcgraw rated it it was amazing.
I enjoined this wonderful book so much. It's also the perfect hostess gift, birthday, or just fun to give to a friend. I've learned so much from this book and I'm having a lot of fun trying tasty new wines.
May 13, Kelli marked it as to-read. I am looking forward to reading this book Sep 29, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle. Every now and then I have to step away from my fantasy diet and read something… well, more down-to-earth. Perhaps I could educate myself a little. These are stories of Ms. Bien takes her wine very seriously and has taken the time to educate us novices on the finer points of all things wine.
She learned how to hold each wine glass, judge a wine by its color, how swirling wine in the glass aerates the wine to improve its flavor, and how to smell the wines to help your taste buds better define and appreciate the flavors and nuances of a wine. She studied grape varietals, wine growing regions of the world, and their histories. In time her instructor managed to turn a college beer chugger into a passionate wine drinker.
This book is full of short personal essays cleverly arranged from A-Z which include humorous and educational stories from Ms.
Along with stories about her friends and their own wine tasting club parties, which almost convinced me to try hosting one. It may also make you feel a little more confident in choosing your next bottle of wine. This review was written while enjoying a glass of Belle, a sweet red wine from Red 55 Winery located in Texas.
See, I never would have checked that out if I hadn't read this book! May have received a free review copy. Mar 02, Christopher rated it really liked it. First of all, I hate wine. I mean, I ridicule it.
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