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  1. 5.4 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Kathryn and Craig Hall launched themselves head-first into Napa Valley twenty years ago with the purchase of an 1885 winery and never looked back. Since the couple's purchase of that debut winery, their critically acclaimed HALL Wines and WALT Wines have become fixtures of the California wine industry. Readers who love a good glass of wine will find much to savor in the Halls' expert account of the art, soul, and business of a modern winery. A Perfect Score weaves a vibrant tale of the HALL brand's meteoric rise to success, Napa Valley's tug-of-war between localism and tourism, and the evolving nature of the wine industry as a whole.

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    A Perfect Score

    5.4 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.2 hrs • 8/17/2016 • Unabridged

    The quintessential bartender's guide, The Ideal Bartender contains the recipes that were composed and collected, tried and tested, in a quarter century of experience by Tom Bullock of the St. Louis Country Club. Learn all the classic drinks the kept the roaring twenties, roaring.

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    The Ideal Bartender

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    1.2 hrs • 8/17/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.9 hrs • 8/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Everything needed to brew beer right the first time. Presented in a light-hearted style without frivolous interruptions, this authoritative text introduces brewing in a easy step-by-step review. Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. It is available nearly everywhere, from gas stations to specialty liquor stores. A new brewery or brand pops up daily. For some, the choices are too many and it is hard to find that special beer with just the right tastes you are looking for. For these people, home brewing may be an option. Follow these easy instructions and find out how to get started.

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    Brewing

    2.9 hrs • 8/8/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.3 hrs • 7/11/2016 • Unabridged

    This new gift edition spin-off of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt looks at the favorite beers, liquors, and cocktail recipes of Democratic presidents and their first ladies. This election year, celebrate the Democratic Party by drinking like a Democrat! Organized by president, this fun audiobook is full of cocktail recipes, bar tips, and hysterical drinking anecdotes from all Democratic White House administrations. Which Southern man drank Snakebites? How did Jackie O. like her daiquiris? Drinking with the Democrats is the bar guide with a twist that all political buffs will enjoy.

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    Drinking with the Democrats by Mark Will-Weber

    Drinking with the Democrats

    4.3 hrs • 7/11/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.2 hrs • 7/11/2016 • Unabridged

    This election year, celebrate the Republican Party by drinking like a Republican! Organized by president, this fun audiobook is full of cocktail recipes, bar tips, and hysterical drinking anecdotes from all Republican White House administrations. Which president liked to mix whiskey, vodka, and orange juice? Who had a trick for hiding the labels of cheap wine? Drinking with the Republicans is the bar guide with a twist that all political buffs will enjoy!

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    Drinking with the Republicans by Mark Will-Weber

    Drinking with the Republicans

    5.2 hrs • 7/11/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.8 hrs • 6/14/2016 • Unabridged

    From the author of Bourbon, “the definitive history” (Sacramento Bee), comes the rollicking and revealing story of beer in America, in the spirit of Salt or Cod. In The United States of Beer, Dane Huckelbridge, the author of Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit—a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance bestseller—charts the surprisingly fascinating history of Americans’ relationship with their most popular alcoholic beverage. Huckelbridge shows how beer has evolved along with the country—from a local and regional product (once upon a time every American city has its own brewery and iconic beer brand) to the rise of global mega-brands like Budweiser and Miller that are synonymous with US capitalism. We learn of George Washington’s failed attempt to brew beer at Mount Vernon with molasses instead of barley, of the nineteenth-century “Beer Barons” like Captain Frederick Pabst, Adolphus Busch, and Joseph Schlitz who revolutionized commercial brewing and built lucrative empires—and the American immigrant experience—and of the advances in brewing and bottling technology that allowed beer to flow in the saloons of the Wild West. Throughout, Huckelbridge draws connections between seemingly remote fragments of the American past and shares his reports from the front lines of today’s craft-brewing revolution.

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    The United States of Beer by Dane Huckelbridge

    The United States of Beer

    6.8 hrs • 6/14/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.5 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Fresh, charming, and wholly irresistible, Champagne Baby turns a familiar tale on its head: instead of yet another American seeking the French secret to good living, a Frenchwoman finds her purpose—much to her surprise—in America. Laure Dugas is a champagne baby, born into a family of winemakers from two storied regions of France: Champagne and the Rhône Valley. When Laure was an infant, her mother would dip a finger in wine and dab it on Laure’s lips to acclimate her to the taste and aroma. But Laure wants little to do with the family business. It is only at age twenty-three, when her uncle offers to send her to New York City to learn English and represent his wines to the American market, that Laure bids adieu to her boyfriend and begins her journey of discovery. The job, it turns out, is both harder and easier than expected. Laure must speak in a new language about a subject in which she has no expertise. But an experienced wine saleswoman shares the secret for faking it: “Always. Be. French.” After all, who could claim to know more about wine than a Frenchwoman? With the pedigree of an expert, even as she feels like a fraud, Laure dives into an industry still dominated by men, winning over restaurateurs and sommeliers, diligently developing her palate, and traveling across the vast country that is her new home. For the first time, Laure is able to distinguish among the famous wines of her native land. She learns to greet a wine by the nose and judge a bottle not by its industry rating but by the balance of its flavors. Overcoming homesickness, culture shock, and the trials of a long-distance relationship, Laure manages to settle into her new milieu, her wine-glass-half-full attitude turning an eight-month stint into a three-year adventure. Part coming-of-age memoir, part travelogue, sprinkled throughout with regional maps and wine recommendations, Champagne Baby imparts the critical lessons that pair with both wine and life: “you’re better than the cheapest bottle,” “there’s always occasion for champagne,” and “trust your palate.” It encourages listeners to view themselves and their surroundings with newfound appreciation, and to raise their glasses with open-mindedness and joy.

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    Champagne Baby by Laure Dugas

    Champagne Baby

    9.5 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 8.5 hrs • 2/23/2016 • Unabridged
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    Sunny's Nights

    8.5 hrs • 2/23/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 1.7 hrs • 11/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Do You Want Practically Free Beer, Wine, Soda, etc. for the Rest of Your Life? If you answered yes, then this book is for you. Homebrew Beer begins with the author’s personal recollections of his journey to learn how to home brew beer and leads into his current experiments with such beer-making supplies as ginger, potatoes, rice, and herbs. Ginger appears to be an extremely versatile ingredient in beer recipes. The author shows you how to use it in beer, wine, mead, and ale. In this very personal beer brewing book, you are also given specific information regarding how to control the fermentation process for both alcoholic (beer fermentation) and nonalcoholic brews (ginger ale and/ or root beer).

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    Homebrew Beer

    1.7 hrs • 11/6/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.0 hrs • 10/13/2015 • Unabridged

    In Drinking in America, bestselling author Susan Cheever chronicles our national love affair with liquor, taking a long, thoughtful look at the way alcohol has changed our nation’s history. This is the often-overlooked story of how alcohol has shaped American events and the American character from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Seen through the lens of alcoholism, American history takes on a vibrancy and a tragedy missing from many earlier accounts. From the drunkenness of the Pilgrims to Prohibition hijinks, drinking has always been a cherished American custom: a way to celebrate and a way to grieve and a way to take the edge off. At many pivotal points in our history—the illegal Mayflower landing at Cape Cod, the enslavement of African Americans, the McCarthy witch hunts, and the Kennedy assassination, to name only a few—alcohol has acted as a catalyst. Some nations drink more than we do, some drink less, but no other nation has been the drunkest in the world as America was in the 1830s only to outlaw drinking entirely a hundred years later. Both a lively history and an unflinching cultural investigation, Drinking in America unveils the volatile ambivalence within one nation’s tumultuous affair with alcohol.

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    Drinking in America

    9.0 hrs • 10/13/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 10.4 hrs • 5/12/2015 • Unabridged

    How bourbon came to be, and why it’s experiencing such a revival today. Unraveling the many myths and misconceptions surrounding America’s most iconic spirit, Bourbon Empire traces a history that spans frontier rebellion, Gilded Age corruption, and the magic of Madison Avenue. Whiskey has profoundly influenced America’s political, economic, and cultural destiny, just as those same factors have inspired the evolution and unique flavor of the whiskey itself. Taking readers behind the curtain of an enchanting—and sometimes exasperating—industry, the work of writer Reid Mitenbuler crackles with attitude and commentary about taste, choice, and history. Few products better embody the United States, or American business, than bourbon. A tale of innovation, success, downfall, and resurrection, Bourbon Empire is an exploration of the spirit in all its unique forms, creating an indelible portrait of both bourbon and the people who make it.

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    Bourbon Empire

    10.4 hrs • 5/12/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.0 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    In the populist tradition of Andrea Immer Robinson, New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier translates today’s hottest spirit for a new generation of imbibers. Whiskey is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country. Yet whiskey drinkers—especially novices—are more confused than ever. Over the past decade, whiskey expert Heather Greene has been bombarded with thousands of questions such as, Can I have ice in my whiskey? Why is it sometimes spelled whisky? and What makes bourbon different? As New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier, Greene introduces audiences to the spirit’s charms, challenges, the boys’-club sensibilities that have made whiskey seem inaccessible, and surprising new research that shows the crucial importance of nosing whiskey. Through lively tastings, speaking engagements, and classes such as the popular Whiskey as an Aphrodisiac, Greene has been demystifying whiskey the way Andrea Immer Robinson did wine a decade ago. In this lively and authoritative guide, Greene uses the familiar vocabulary of wine to teach readers about whiskey and encourage them to make their own evaluations. Peppered with wry anecdotes drawn from her unusual life—and including recipes for delicious cocktails by some of today’s most celebrated mixologists—Whiskey Distilled will be enthusiastically greeted by the whiskey curious as well as by journeymen whiskey drinkers thirsty to learn more about their beloved tipple.

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    Whiskey Distilled by Heather Greene

    Whiskey Distilled

    7.0 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 5.2 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    Actor and wine buff Julian Curry presents an entertaining and informative introduction to wine. This unique audiobook guide to wine takes the listener to the heart of wine-making and wine drinking in a clear but light-hearted manner. However rich and complex the subject of wine may be, Julian insists it is also hugely rewarding and great fun. His informative and entertaining program begins with a description of the work that takes place in vineyards and cellars. It outlines the many choices faced by grape-growers and wine-makers which result in the variety of different styles of wine produced. It continues with wine’s journey from winery to gullet, with advice on cellaring, buying, serving, food matching, and tasting.

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    A Guide to Wine

    5.2 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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    8.8 hrs • 5/27/2014 • Unabridged

    A spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol sure to inspire cocktail party chats on making booze, tasting it, and its effects on our bodies and brains. Drinking gets a lot more interesting when you know what’s actually inside your glass of microbrewed ale, single-malt whisky, or Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them begin with fermentation, where a fungus called yeast binges on sugar molecules and poops out ethanol. Humans have been drinking the results for ten thousand years. Distillation is a two-thousand-year-old technology—invented by a woman—that we’re still perfecting today. And the molecular codes of alcoholic flavors remain a mystery pursued by scientists with high-tech laboratories and serious funding. In Proof, Adam Rogers reveals alcohol as a miracle of science, going deep into the pleasures of making and drinking booze—and the effects of the latter. The people who make and sell alcohol may talk about history and tradition, but alcohol production is really powered by physics, molecular biology, organic chemistry, and a bit of metallurgy—and our taste for those products is a melding of psychology and neurobiology. Proof takes readers from the whisky-making mecca of the Scottish highlands to the oenology labs at UC Davis, from Kentucky bourbon country to the most sophisticated gene-sequencing labs in the world—and to more than one bar—bringing to life the motley characters and evolving science behind the latest developments in boozy technology.

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    Proof by Adam Rogers

    Proof

    8.8 hrs • 5/27/14 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.5 hrs • 12/10/2013 • Unabridged

    Stylish, trend-setting, and bold, Vine Talk’s host Stanley Tucci invites a panel of celebrity friends to join him for engaging conversation and blind taste-tests from different selections of world famous wineries each week. Regardless of personal expertise, all can enjoy the intriguing dialogue from each diverse panel.

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    Basking in Bordeaux from the Left Bank

    Produced by Vine Talk
    Hosted by Stanley Tucci, with commentary from Marcus Samuelsson and others
    0.5 hrs • 12/10/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 0.5 hrs • 12/10/2013 • Unabridged

    Stylish, trend-setting, and bold, Vine Talk’s host Stanley Tucci invites a panel of celebrity friends to join him for engaging conversation and blind taste-tests from different selections of world famous wineries each week. Regardless of personal expertise, all can enjoy the intriguing dialogue from each diverse panel.

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    Checking Out Chiantis from Tuscany

    Produced by Vine Talk
    Hosted by Stanley Tucci, with commentary from Stephen J. Dubner and others
    0.5 hrs • 12/10/13 • Unabridged
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