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Does a Big Nose Portend a Big Body? 

Concise answers to serious wine questions

Local author write Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand

Len Napolitano

Len Napolitano

A new book from a Paso Robles wine columnist and former wine specialist on TV’s Fine Living Network answers this question and 49 more that cut through a web of peculiar wine terminology and complex subjects with explanations that get to the point quickly and clearly. If you’re curious, you can’t judge a wine by it’s aroma—also known as “nose”: there are bold, aromatic wines that are delicate on the palate, and vice versa.

In Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand ($14.99 print, $6.99 ebook; Wineology Press, July 2013), author Len Napolitano reveals wine in an informal, question-and-answer format while recounting with sincerity and whimsy his personal experiences as a self-conscious amateur who transitioned to practical wine professional.

Napolitano oversees production planning, marketing, and barrel selections for Aleksander, a luxury brand wine in Paso Robles.

Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like the Back of Your HandNapolitano builds confidence in wine beginners by fitting a bounty of useful information into 50 concise answers to common, yet critical, wine questions and concluding each chapter with enlightening, hands-on wine tasting exercises to do at home.

With four out of five wine drinkers saying they want to learn more about wine, this timely and practical guide acquaints novices to new possibilities for joyful experiences in socializing, dining, and everyday living with wine. From learning the basics to exploring the fine points of a great wine, Nose, Legs, Body! helps wine beginners:

• Strengthen their passion for wine by knowing its most pertinent terms, processes, and styles
• Gain confidence in making wine selections, whether at restaurants, stores, or online
• Enhance their wine and food pairing experiences
• Learn wine subtleties through experiential suggestions

“Throughout my years as a wine columnist, so many people I’ve met and heard from have passion for wine but understand relatively little about it,” says Napolitano. “And most don’t want to read a thick, detailed text to learn it, either. In a culture of texting and tweets, people prefer a brief and clear approach that focuses on subjects that interest them most. I believe my simple Q & A format, along with tasting exercises and quick-reference tables, will deepen readers’ existing passion for wine without taking a lot of time or effort.”

Len Napolitano was the “wineologist” on TV’s Fine Living Network (now Cooking Channel) from 2003 to 2011 and has been a wine columnist since 2001, starting with Southern California’s Ventura County Star daily newspaper and currently at Sonoma-based Wine Country This Week magazine. Now also a consultant to winemakers in the application of oak to wine, his clients include wineries of all sizes from across the country.

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