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A Beer Drinker’s Guide To Knowing And Enjoying Fine Wine

Author: Jim Laughren, CWE

Crisp, cool, refreshing beer. Enticing golden amber. Thirst-quenching flavors of grains and citrus and hops and malt.

 Rich, complex, sip-me-again, ruby-red wine. Brimming with fruit and berries, finishing in a crescendo of satisfaction.

Two wonderful creations. Each thousands of years old; each central throughout history to ceremonies sacred and profane; each the beverage of choice for millions of devoted fans who often know surprisingly little about the other.

 A Beer Drinker’s Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine is poised to bridge that gap, for anyone with an interest in wine, but especially for the large and growing group of beer drinkers who’d like to be on speaking terms with the fastest growing segment of the American beverage scene.

This friendly, arm-around-the-shoulder volume educates and enlightens from a beer drinker’s point of view. No snotty disquisition, no highfaluting monologues. Written to educate without patronizing, this delightful volume clears a path into the wonderful, wacky world of wine-geekdom.


“Jim Laughren’s no-nonsense approach to these two marvelous beverages leaves no room for swill, yet elevates both great beer and exceptional wine to the levels they deserve.”

                              -Jeff Erway, President and Head Brewer, La Cumbre Brewing Company

Wine styles and varietals, approaches to winemaking, tasting techniques, scoring approaches, major international regions, purchasing and food pairing are all laid at the reader’s feet among hidden nuggets of beer lore, tips for appearing more wine knowledgeable than one really is, the secrets to decoding winespeak, ways to enhance one’s wine “coolness” quotient, and much more.

So whether you’re one of 80 million beer drinkers who’d like to brush up on your wine smarts, have a beer drinker (or two) in your life who needs to know more about “the grape,” or just happen to have an interest in wine but have been put off by wine guru books that make you feel like you’re back in school, A Beer Drinker’s Guide To Knowing And Enjoying Fine Wine is the ideal place to begin.

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About The Author

Jim Laughren, CWE, loves wine. He has for a very long time. Known for his irreverent approach and abiding enthusiasm for all things fermented, he is president of Chicago-based WineHead Consulting, a Certified Wine Educator and former importer-distributor of fine wines from around the world. He loves nothing more than sharing his passion for excellent wine with others, whether through wine lists, tastings, trainings or in the pages of A BEER DRINKERS GUIDE TO KNOWING & ENJOYING FINE WINE.