First award given to Nose, Legs, Body! was the Benjamin Franklin Digital Silver Award, from the independent Book Publishers Association. Next, a QED “Seal of Approval” was earned from the Digital Book Awards. Today, I thank the Non-Fiction Authors Association for giving Nose, Legs, Body! a Gold Award!!
~The format of the book is advantageous to the non-wine drinker, because it basically answers questions asked by other wine novices. Each questions is answered with a brief summary, followed by a more in-depth and expanded definition. Answers are then followed by an application to action, or specific vintage recommendations to reinforce the concepts explained therein. Terms that may be new to people in the wine arena are helpfully bolded for easy reference, and the entire book is written in a very conversational style. Napolitano defines unfamiliar terms in a way that is open to understanding, making you feel that he truly wants people to learn about wine, not just show off his own wine knowledge. Especially helpful are the glossary and appendices, which make for quick reference when standing at the liquor store in front of hundreds of intimidating choices.
~Written in Q&A format, this isn’t a book that will collect dust on the shelf for want of time to read page after page. It will be utilized immediately, regardless of the level of knowledge of the reader; in fact, the chapters indicate varying wine personalities and affinity for wine. A quick peek at the label—the Table of Contents—does plenty to reveal what this book has to offer. From terminology to table service, it is bound to romance the wine lover and rekindle a relationship with those who prefer other spirits. Buy a couple and give it instead of a bottle next time you go to a party of someone who already has a corked collection.
~If you’re not a wine ‘expert’, Len Napolitano will make you one. Even if you think you know all there is to know about the subject, this book will surprise you. Not a drinker myself, I thought “why would I want to read a book about wine?” Wrong. This little book is jam-packed with down-to-earth advice (“How important is the pairing of wine with food?”) to how to navigate the complex world of wine grapes and styles, how to make the most of a wine tasting, the proper way to open and serve sparkling wine (I had no idea!) and more. Written with humor and charm, this book would be a great addition to any wine lover’s book collection.
Thank you Non-Fiction Authors Association!