Lots of FUN in-store this week!  First up is Neha Khullar with her new book “Palate Passport.”  Later in the show Patrick Alexander joins us to talk about “The Book-lovers’ Guide to Wine – An introduction to the History, Mysteries and Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine.”

Palate Passport will take readers on a trip around the globe to learn about the people, places and history where each extraordinary dish was discovered. Along with recipes and personal stories, readers will feast on other relics collected along the way including original artwork from India, beautiful photos from Portugal and age old rituals from Croatia. Both a cookbook and short story collection, the book will serve as inspiration to cook international dishes at home and motivation to travel with these dishes as a compass.  Get a copy NOW!

Neha Khullar is a foodie, coffee addict, sparkly shoe-wearer, and enthusiastic dinner party host. Prior to becoming a cookbook author, Neha worked on the corporate side of New York City. Fueled by her passion for food and cooking, she set out on a journey to explore culinary traditions around the world. After breaking bread in dozens of places, she learned that food brings people together and creates community regardless of religion, political views, or language; what tastes good can be shared with others. She has spent time with master chefs, street stall cooks, grandmothers, and food lovers all around the world. They have taught her about their favorite local foods and shared the history and stories behind them. Palate Passport is her personal culinary masterpiece created to share this journey with others.  Follow Neha on Facebook

The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine – An Introduction to the History, Mysteries and Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine

From The Author
“My book evolved out of the twelve-hour wine appreciation program I originally developed for the University of Miami and which I have been teaching here in Miami for the past six years. The book, like my program covers all the usual aspects of the grape but with particular emphasis on the history and the culture of wine, from Noah’s first vineyard to the arrival of Two-Buck-Chuck. I compare the concepts of terroir and varietal, and discuss the difference between New World and Old World wines. I also explore the reasons that England, a small wet, offshore island with no significant vineyards, should have had such an unparalleled influence on the world of wine. But what makes my book especially unique is its emphasis on the literary aspects of wine.”

“Throughout the ages, wine and literature have been closely connected. Whether we refer to the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare, John Keats or Marcel Proust, great literature is always filled with references or metaphors for wine. Mitchell Kaplan, the legendary founder of Books & Books – and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair – suggested the idea of pairing my favourite writers with my favourite wines. An inspired suggestion that resulted in a pairing of the Albarino vines of North Eastern Spain with J.R.R. Tolkien, or Chenin Blanc with Rabelais, not to mention the wines of Grüner Veltliner with The Good Soldier Švejek stumbling through our pages.”

Patrick Alexander-Lane is an English born writer who has raised his children in France, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland and California before settling in Miami, Florida. He has worked on four continents as an international financial consultant, a corporate executive and as a university teacher and administrator. These wildly different experiences inspired a series of short stories published in the UK by Thistle Publishing.  Check out Patrick’s Blog!

Good Life Guy’s Wine of The Week:
2015 Duckhorn Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon

Since 1978, Duckhorn Vineyards has been exploring the character and complexity of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Drawing on their winemaking team’s expertise working with this varietal, Decoy Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon offers a rich and appealing expression of the varietal crafted to be ready upon release.

From its deep, inviting color to its enticing aromas of blackberry, currant and cocoa, this wine showcases what is great about Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, the lush fruit flavors are framed by rich tannins and hints of sweet oak and spice. Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 1% Petite Sirah, 1% Petit Verdot

Wine & Spirits-90
A satisfying prime-rib wine, this is lean and bright, with simple black-cherry freshness that lasts. The overall impression is tangy and clean, focused on fruit clarity.

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