From the Back Cover
A ROLLICKING WINE COUNTRY TRAVELOGUE Plus, Get the Lowdown on 141 Napa Tasting Rooms, From Top–Name Wineries to Hidden Gems Hank Beal is a wine pro—the executive wine buyer at an upscale supermarket chain. Rick Kushman is an ordinary Joe—a guy who loves wine, but doesn′t know a lot about it. Together, they set out to visit all 141 public tasting rooms in Napa during the course of a season. The result is A Moveable Thirst—an engaging, often hilarious book that′s part Sideways, part Wine For Dummies , and part Frommer′s. The first half recounts their uproarious adventures on the road as Rick learns to swirl, sniff, and spit . . . but can′t stop asking stupid questions. The second part offers the most comprehensive and detailed guide ever published to Napa′s wine rooms, with incisive information on everything from service and atmosphere to tasting tools and picnic prospects. Complete with invaluable tasting tips, it′s the only book you need to map out your own Napa Valley wine adventure. NAPA KNOW–HOW ON THE GO Learn from Hank′s patient expertise and Rick′s often–naive but relentlessly enthusiastic questions as they make their way around Napa tasting rooms Find out how to charm the servers (hint: never, ever quote from Sideways),encourage generous pours, learn about wine, and have fun Pick up essential wine–tasting dos and don′ts, from "Carry a cooler. Don′t cook your wine" to "Eat. Seriously, eat"
About the Author
Rick Kushman enjoys wine but doesn′t know much about it. He′s not afraid to ask questions. When not in Napa, he′s a nationally syndicated television columnist for the Sacramento Bee . Hank Beal is a wine pro who′s won medals at the California Wine Tasting Championships. As Executive Wine Buyer for a California supermarket chain, Nugget Market, he buys over 1 million bottles of wine a year.