Having Italian ancestry, I think it was inevitable that one day I would be immersed in the subject of wine, as I am today. But it wasn't a typical journey. I was born in an Italian section of Brooklyn, N.Y. and raised in a middle-class, blue-collar New York City "bedroom community" on suburban Long Island. By my recollection, a one-gallon jug of red wine was a permanent fixture in the refrigerator, but my neighborhood of two-family homes was light years away from the nearest vineyard. After high school, I started college studying to become a music teacher, then switched gears to mechanical engineering! Wine was not even a gleam in my eyes.
It wasn't until I got close to 40 when I heard the calling to learn about wine and began a combination of self-study with class instruction, moved to California, and soon earned certification in wine knowledge from two national wine education organizations. Having been through the wine-ignorant stage, I understood and cared about one's desire to learn about wine, so my teaching instincts kicked in and I created a weekly wine education column in my local newspaper and began conducting wine appreciation classes. In short time, my column, "Wineology: Intelligence For The Wine Consumer," was in several publications and I was on television as a wine specialist (a "wineologist") on TV's Fine Living Network.
Today, I am involved in wine from several different angles--I've authored a book specifically for wine beginners and I continue to write my wine column. I am an oak specialist consultant to winemakers, and I serve as a general manager for a small, luxury-brand winery in the Central Coast of California.
Though I may not have taken a direct route from the streets of the "Big Apple" to rows of beautiful grapevines, I am grateful it came as a natural one.
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Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand
By Len Napolitano
Published: June 19, 2013.
Awarded the Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Silver Seal of Excellence by IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and QED Seal of Approval.
A book from a California wine columnist and former wine specialist on TV’s Fine Living Network that cuts through peculiar wine terminology and complex subjects. Fast, easy way to learn wine.
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