James Beard Award-winner Karen MacNeil brings the revised version of her globally popular book, “The Wine Bible,” to Phoenix this month with two public appearances.

Long thought of as the most compelling, entertaining, and comprehensive book on wine, MacNeil traveled the globe for the revision, tasting more than 10,000 wines in five years.

Transporting you from China’s Sichuan Province to the Sicilian Mediterranean, MacNeil delves into the history, food, wines and wineries of each region. At over 1,000 pages, chapters deliver the top regions of the world, as well as a helpful “Wines to Know” list for each region. You also will find tips on how to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory, how to choose the best glassware, how to read a label, and extensive sections on the traditional, tried-and-true food pairings for the wines of every major wine region.

MacNeil will be at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 E. Camelback Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. The event is co-hosted by Quintessa wines, and complimentary tastings will be given with each purchase of “The Wine Bible” ($24.95) from Changing Hands. In addition, each pre-reserved book for the evening also will come with a ticket good for two people to MacNeil’s presentation and book signing. To reserve your book and ticket, visit http://www.changinghands.com/event, and click on the Nov. 5 calendar page.

The public also will enjoy $1 off glasses and 30-percent off bottles of Quintessa 2012 and Illumination 2014 all day on Nov. 5.

MacNeil also will be on hand for a special wine-pairing dinner event 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley. The event will begin with a meet-and-greet wine reception with MacNeil, then a four-course wine-paired dinner prepared by the LON’s culinary team, followed by a salon-style evening with the author. Cost is $99, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 602-955-7878 or visit http://hermosainn.com/event/316/.



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