Unlike most books on wine nowadays, Tales from the Wine Floor is geared toward true beginners—those who enjoy wine but lack the most basic understanding of it. This book offers an easy-to-digest crash course on wine and ready-reference written by a Sommelier. The author explains the intricacies of wine to the average Joe (or Joanne) in a way that is easy to understand and highly entertaining. Here is an easy reference Q&A based on real questions (often absurd or hysterically funny) asked by regular, wine-drinking people and the answers the author gives them in his job as “The Wine Guy.” Among the questions and answers that comprise this book are: What Are Sulfites? Why Does the Same Wine Sometimes Taste Different? How Do I order Wine at a Restaurant? How Do I Host a Wine Tasting at Home? And, Why is Champagne Served on a Funny-Shaped Glass? Illustrated with amusing drawings by New Yorker cartoonist John O’Brien, novice wine enthusiasts will find Tales from the Wine Floor informative, easily accessible, and a delight to read.
James (Jimmy) Quaile has had an illustrious 40-year career as a restaurateur, musician, educator, wine blogger, and Certified Sommelier. He has a passion for sharing his wine knowledge with humor and wit. Jimmy took on the role of restaurateur in 2003, with the help of his wife, Janet, a professional chef. Over a decade later, he transitioned to work as a Wine Consultant for Roger Wilco, a $45 million liquor business and a leading wine retailer.
“The section on pairing wines with meals will have your dinner guests marveling at your newfound expertise. Adding to the enjoyment of Tales from the Wine Floor are the charmingly humorous drawings of John O’Brien. James Quaile’s text deserves an accessible spot on your bookshelf or coffee table, unless of course you don’t want to divulge the scource of your newfound expertise on the subject of wines.”