Be­tween the Lines

A Taste­ful Ob­ses­sion

RSWLiving - - Department­s - BY DOUG GAL­LO­GLY

It has been said that wine tastes like almost ev­ery­thing but grape juice. In fact, the per­mu­ta­tions of fla­vors ob­tained from the hum­ble grape are enough to make the av­er­age per­son’s head spin. Thank­fully we have Jerry Green­field’s

Se­crets of the Wine Whis­perer ( Cre­ative Projects In­ter­na­tional, Ltd., 2014, $ 17.95)

For the av­er­age per­son, wine is some­thing you pick up at the su­per­mar­ket be­fore a nice din­ner. Be­fore 1997, Jerry Green­field and his wife Debi were happy mem­bers of that group. Then a new friend brought sev­eral bot­tles of wine to din­ner and gave them a glimpse into the com­plex and se­duc­tive world of the “Wine Lifer.”

Green­field calls it “fall­ing down the rab­bit hole,” draw­ing a fun com­par­i­son to Alice in Won­der­land. That fate­ful in­tro­duc­tion to the won­ders of wine quickly led them to lo­cal wine tast­ings, and the in­evitable pur­chases made wine racks nec­es­sary. This slip­pery slope soon de­posited the cou­ple at their first Wine Ex­pe­ri­ence, an an­nual event held in New York with an en­try fee of $ 1,500 per per­son. The Green­fields were firmly en­trenched in won­der­land.

There are many wine books that are full of dry facts and fig­ures, but Green­field’s work is more con­ver­sa­tion than text­book. He makes the read­ers feel as though they are sit­ting with a friend ( and a glass of wine) and hav­ing a ca­sual talk. When he speaks of how wine is af­fected by the oak of the bar­rel, the cork in the bot­tle or even the type of glass it’s served in, his anec­dotes and hu­mor make it mem­o­rable. He shows that a Wine Lifer doesn’t need to be a wine snob. This is a truly en­joy­able book.

Jerry Green­field lives with his wife in South­west Florida and is a writer, pi­lot and cer­ti­fied fit­ness in­struc­tor, and a mem­ber of the So­ci­ety of Wine Ed­u­ca­tors. Learn more at thewinewhi­s­perer. com.

Doug Gal­lo­gly lives in Fort My­ers with his wife Jackie.

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