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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Wineology Press (29 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989308707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989308700
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,880,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Certified in wine by both the Society of Wine Educators and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, Len Napolitano was enjoying a successful career in engineering when he realized his skills in technical sales, writing, and marketing could be combined with his passion for—and knowledge in—wine. That’s when he exchanged his calculator for a cabernet. He began a new profession explaining complexity with clarity in his weekly wine column, Wineology: Intelligence for the Wine Consumer. Len later became the “wineologist” on TV’s Fine Living Network TV (now Cooking Channel) from 2003 to 2010 giving valuable wine tips to viewers. He is currently the wine columnist for Napa and Sonoma Valleys' Wine Country This Week magazine.

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By Autamme_dot_com TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
There is still a lot of mystery, ignorance and fear about wine. Some of it is no doubt still maintained by those with various vested interests. This can act as a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy as the uncertain become even more uncertain about the strange language employed, the wide range of prices and the elitist air that still follows wine about.

All of this for what is effectively a bottle of coloured, flavoured liquid. Maybe this book will help more people get a foothold on the wine ladder and possibly encourage them to be a more proactive, confident wine consumer who feels capable of determining for themselves what they might drink, rather than rely on the possibly vested interest of a waiter to push a particular bottle your way or use the fallback position of a bottle of the house red, white or rosé.

Here the author - himself a fairly accomplished wine columnist and all around expert - takes a honest, open look at what wine is and seeks to make it understandable for the average consumer (and self-taught "expert amateur" who might have missed a lot along the way). Yet this little book manages to achieve a lot without being patronising in style or tone, without fear or favour and without it feeling like you are undergoing an initiation ceremony for a secret society. It is just like sitting down with the author or another expert and saying in everyday language "hey, why does...?" and getting a similarly clear, jargon-free, informed reply.

Overall this is a good little book. The text is a little too small (remember, us older folks like wine too but our eyes don't like small text) and the book's binding is a little too tight and this creates anguish for book lovers as we don't like damaging a book's spine.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94489084) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x944937d4) out of 5 stars A delightful book 28 Jun. 2013
By susan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What a delightful book! Len Napolitano combines wit, humor and his humble experiences to explain a confusing and sometimes intimidating subject, wine. And, he does it all without insulting the readers' lack of knowledge.

This is a must read for wine lovers of all levels.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94c6b990) out of 5 stars Great find 30 Sept. 2013
By Autamme_dot_com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is still a lot of mystery, ignorance and fear about wine. Some of it is no doubt still maintained by those with various vested interests. This can act as a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy as the uncertain become even more uncertain about the strange language employed, the wide range of prices and the elitist air that still follows wine about.

All of this for what is effectively a bottle of coloured, flavoured liquid. Maybe this book will help more people get a foothold on the wine ladder and possibly encourage them to be a more proactive, confident wine consumer who feels capable of determining for themselves what they might drink, rather than rely on the possibly vested interest of a waiter to push a particular bottle your way or use the fallback position of a bottle of the house red, white or rosé.

Here the author - himself a fairly accomplished wine columnist and all around expert - takes a honest, open look at what wine is and seeks to make it understandable for the average consumer (and self-taught "expert amateur" who might have missed a lot along the way). Yet this little book manages to achieve a lot without being patronising in style or tone, without fear or favour and without it feeling like you are undergoing an initiation ceremony for a secret society. It is just like sitting down with the author or another expert and saying in everyday language "hey, why does...?" and getting a similarly clear, jargon-free, informed reply.

Overall this is a good little book. The text is a little too small (remember, us older folks like wine too but our eyes don't like small text) and the book's binding is a little too tight and this creates anguish for book lovers as we don't like damaging a book's spine. Information keeps on flowing like water spouting out of a broken fire hydrant and whilst things were relatively clear, one did have to keep consulting the excellent glossary of terms at the back of the book for elucidation.

Over the years one has seen many books aimed at the wine beginner but this has managed to more clear distillate and clarify many things that other books just seemed not to manage. Maybe it is the clear writing style and the LACK of photography that just mixes together. You are focussed on the text yet you don't FEEL that you are learning (but you are!). Whatever is the real secret, it seems to work. The price of this book is very competitive for what you stand to gain from it too. If you like wine but are able to admit that you DO have a lot to learn you could do yourself a lot of good and buy this book. It is not even the price of an average bottle of "everyday wine" in many markets yet it is something that has the capability of changing your future relationship to wine in a very positive way indeed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x949911b0) out of 5 stars Very Good FAQ About Wine 7 Dec. 2013
By Randy Given - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There aren't many wine books that I'd recommend, but this is one that I do. It's more for a beginner or someone wanting a refresher, but the information is good. I borrowed it on Amazon Prime, but liked it enough that I purchased it for reference.

The information is laid out in an easy-to-follow manner. It's a set of questions that lead from one to the next. It covers quite a few areas related to wine.

One of the big drawbacks for many wine books is when they use information that is soon out of date. This book does a good job of avoiding those situations, with just a few of the suggestions running the risk of being incorrect years from now (this can happen if a winery goes out of business or substantially changes its reputation).
HASH(0x94994a74) out of 5 stars "Buy the book to find out..." 25 July 2014
By Eve Bushman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While walking around at the Los Angeles Wine Fest a month ago I came upon a book signing. Author Len Napolitano was sharing his book, “Nose, Legs, Body”, with wine 101ers! Now, with a copy of my own to review, I set about the task of learning a wee bit more about the author and the book.

Len NapolitanoExcerpt From the Website

http://noselegsbody.com

…Len Napolitano, “wineologist” from 2003 to 2011 on TV’s Fine Living Network (now Cooking Channel), guides you in taking your first steps in wine—essential steps to exploring, learning, and tasting. With sincerity and whimsy, Len examines a broad range of wine subjects as you gain a new and practical knowledge of wine. Chapters are organized according to meaningful subjects wine lovers want to know, explained in an informal, question-and-answer format.

Nose, Legs, Body! is perfect for social wine drinkers, businesspeople who entertain wine-savvy clients, cooking hobbyists, and food service professionals. It’s also for anyone transitioning from a beer or martini as their beverage of choice to a crisp pinot grigio or robust cabernet sauvignon…

Review

I was once asked during an interview if my wine knowledge is still relevant to my wine 101 audience, now that I’ve had more education over the years. Maybe. However, in reading Len’s book I searched for tidbits that would not only interest wine 101ers but a few wine 201ers, as I expect that some of my readers have also grown in their knowledge, and interests. Let’s see how I fared:

People will not necessarily come up with the same wine descriptors when they describe their wine. There is no accurate answer; it’s all based on your own experience.
Len gives less than a three-page explanation on how red wine gets its color. Buy the book to find out.
What you taste in your wine is 80% aroma. So yes, stop and sniff!
Want to help increase your scents-ability? Len suggests having a pal hold up different spice jars for you to test your knowledge – with your eyes closed of course. I definitely want to try that.
In case you didn’t guess it, the vintage year you see on a wine bottle is the year the grapes were harvested.
It’s most likely dehydration and not sulfites that cause that headache after drinking wine.
Google the “Organic Wine Exchange” website as another avenue to find organic wines.
Having a tough time figuring out what grapes are in a French wine? Try again, as many French wineries are adjusting more to the foreign market (we Americans) by listing the grapes on the label.
Len says, “…Your own personal wine preference overrides all other rules” when pairing wine with food, so “it is always acceptable to match your favorite wine with anything on your plate.”
Add alcohol late in the cooking process if you want to retain the alcohol. Add it sooner if you want the flavor alone of the wine or spirit you used, and not the alcohol.
Len says, “Once wine is damaged by heat it is destroyed forever.”
Towards the end of the under 200-page book Len gives readers four pages of wine choices for your cellar by describing the flavor components and costs of popular varietals.
Then there is this experiment: Chill one glass of wine and serve the other at room temperature – it doesn’t matter if you select to experiment with a red or white wine. If you don’t have it at room temperature heat it* for 20 seconds in the microwave. Then taste the difference. Len Napolitano Nose, Legs, Body book

*To try this at home please remember to use a glass and not a foil sealed wine bottle!

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Buy the book: http://www.wineology.com

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Eve Bushman has been reading, writing, taking coursework and tasting wine for over 20 years. She has obtained a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, has been the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and recently served as a guest judge for the L.A. International Wine Competition. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits that may be answered in a future column.
HASH(0x94f05294) out of 5 stars Written with humor and charm 5 Feb. 2014
By Stephanie Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
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.

I love this book. I guess I thought I knew something about wine (enough to know there's art and science behind every bottle) and I've seen other books about wine out there, but the way you write drew me in and made me want to keep reading. I learned a lot, so 'thank you!'
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