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Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite
In Secrets of the Wine Whisperer by Jerry Greenfield, the author and his wife are initiated into the joys of wine tasting through a chance encounter. Soon, their lives are turned upside-down as they discover the secret, multi-faceted world of the wine aficionado, exploring vintages that range from the legendary First Growth wines of Bordeaux to cult wines so rare than there are long waiting lists for the privilege of even obtaining a bottle. Their progression into wine circles is chronicled through a loose timeline, but different chapters also deal with different aspects of wine culture. You will learn, for instance, that there are special tools that can be employed to train and develop the olfactory ability of a wine lover, and be introduced to the clout of authorities like the publication 'Wine Spectator,' as well as the fierce rivalry between top critics and their supporters. You will find out how a good rating can appreciate the value of a vintage and share in the heady experience of a big league wine tasting.
A wine geek will most likely recognize large chunks of himself in the author's narrative and may remember facing similar challenges, such as the need to allocate suitable spaces for a growing collection and other assorted life style changes brought on by an obsession with wine. The book can also be considered a valuable source of information for anyone wanting to learn a little more about the hobby of wine collecting. There are, for instance, several chapters dedicated to cork and another section discusses how the shape of a wine glass might influence the taste experience. Secrets of the Wine Whisperer by Jerry Greenfield is recommended for serious wine lovers, as well as anyone wanting to learn more about the continuing allure of a beverage that dates back to ancient times.