April was a rough month weatherwise, so I am welcoming May with open arms in hopes that all that nasty weather mess is behind us.

May is a great time to bust out the grill, invite your friends over and relax in the sun with some drinks. While beer might be the ideal drink for such an occasion, wine is a great choice for those who don’t like beer or need to avoid it for dietary reasons; however, wine can be a bit intimidating if you don’t know a lot about it. With May 25 being National Wine Day, I’ve selected a few books about wine from our collection at the Kenosha Public Library that might make picking out a wine for your special occasion a little easier.

My first selection, “Wine Isn’t Rocket Science: A Quick & Easy Guide to Understanding, Buying, Tasting, & Pairing Every Type of Wine” by Ophelie Neiman, goes above and beyond when it comes to informing readers about wine. Each section of the book provides a different wine expert with an area of expertise. Juliette takes you through party planning in the first section followed by Jack explaining how to properly taste wine in the second section. Henry then takes you through the process of making wine, Caroline visits vineyards, Elizabeth shows you how to pair food and wine and Paul finishes the book by telling you how to purchase wine at different locations and how to set up a wine cellar. The illustrations throughout the book make it a fun, easy read, and the amount of detail given throughout the book will have you feeling like a wine expert by the end.

My second book selection lets you travel around the world through the comfort of your own home. “Around the World in Eighty Wines: Exploring Wine One Country at a Time” by Mike Veseth is a great read for anyone who loves to travel and explore new wines. The book is divided into four sections, which include “From London to Beirut,” “Rounding the Cape,” “High and Low” and “Sour Grapes.” These sections are further divided by the specific areas throughout the world the author traveled to, and they all end with a list of selected wines specifically from each region. Whether you are already a wine lover or just beginning to love it, this book is a great source for discovering new wines all over the globe.

My third and final selection is called “We’re Going to Need More Wine” by Gabrielle Union. The well-known actress gives you a deeper look into her life with several personal stories that discuss things like her life in Hollywood, trauma she’s experienced and dealing with loss. It’s a relatable book that will bring tears and laughter as you read through each story. This is a great book for cozying up on the couch with a glass of wine.

If you’re interested in these books or more books like these, you can find them at the Kenosha Public Library.

Off the Shelves is published Sundays. Each week a different Kenosha Public Library or Community Library staff member organizes reviews of a handful of books available through the library system.

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