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Darien Author Shares Secrets Of Becoming A Wine Connoisseur In New Book

Richard Chilton Photo Credit: Contributed
Richard Chilton's new book, "Adventures with Old Vines: A Beginner's Guide to Being a Wine Connoisseur" Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- Author Richard L. Chilton, Jr. will discuss his new book on wine at an author talk at Barrett Bookstore this Saturday.

Chilton will speak and sign copies of his new book, "Adventures with Old Vines: A Beginner's Guide to Being a Wine Connoisseur" on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Barrett Bookstore, which is located at 314 Heights Road in Darien.

Chilton’s love affair with wine began in 1976 when his parents converted an old bomb shelter on their property into a wine cellar. Over the next 40 years, he came to understand that wine expertise involves a journey, an endless stream of vintages, unique regions, and perfect pairings with different kinds of foods.

Now the co-owner of Hourglass Vineyard, an award-winning winery in Napa Valley, he shares his knowledge in his new guide and provides detailed information about buying and storing wine, how to read a wine list, the role of the sommelier, how wine is really made, the impact of weather on a vintage and more.

“Adventures with Old Vines” includes a full-color reference section on a select group of vineyards from all over the world, describing their history and their benchmark wines. The characteristics of these memorable wines provide the essential starting point to understand what to look for when evaluating any wine. Equipped with this easy-to-read book, readers will have all the tools they need to begin their own wine journey.

Chilton resides in Darien with his family. He is the founder of Chilton Investment Company and has been a member of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a Burgundy wine society for thirty years.

Wine and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Barrett Bookstore at (203) 655-2712 to reserve a seat.

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