Wednesday, November 8, 2017


WHEN:   Saturday, November 18 at 1:00PM  (Sorry. You missed it!)

WHERE:  Kitchen Stadium, 300 NE 2nd Avenue

LIZ THORPE will discuss her new book, The Book of Cheese and will then serve the following four favorite cheeses:

A Triple Creme. A rich French cheese made from cow’s milk

A Vermont Creamery Coupole. A US cheese made from goat’s milk

An Ossau iraty. A Basque cheese made from sheep’s milk

A Cambozola Black. A German blue cheese made from cow’s milk

PATRICK ALEXANDER will then discuss his new book, The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine and will pair the following wines with Liz’s selection of cheeses:

With the Triple Crème he will offer a Spanish Cava Brut.

With the Vermont Creamery Coupole - a Sancerre from the Loire.

With the Ossau Iraty – a Malbec from Cahors in SW  France.

With the Cambozola  - A Port wine from Portugal.

This is a FREE event, but space is limited so be sure to arrive in plenty of time

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wine Economist Review

Mike Veseth, the highly respected editor of the Wine Economist and author of many wine books, including Wine Wars, published the following generous review  of my new book.
Irresistible: Wine is for Booklovers
The second new book is Patrick Alexander’s The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine: A Celebration of the History, Mysteries, and the Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine. Every glass of wine tells a  story and so it is no surprise that people who love books and stories are drawn to wine. Patrick Alexander seems to be the perfect guide for booklovers who want to enjoy wine even more through story-telling.
Alexander is a literary guy (he has also written a book on Proust) who developed the wine appreciation curriculum at the University of Miami and eventually took his signature course to a local bookstore, where it has been a hit (and where Proust book sales coincidentally zoomed). Now his course is available to the rest of us through this book.
Two things set Booklovers’ Guide apart. The first, of course,  is the emphasis on story-telling. While the topics and organization are fairly conventional, the choice of stories to illustrate different points plus the wonderful writing really bring familiar topics to life. I have read dozens of wine guides over the years and I can’t think of one that is so much fun. Simply irresistible!
Alexander’s literary references are the second distinctive factor. His abundant quotes from famous authors are clever and really made me think. And the chapter on wine grape varieties — where grapes are compared to famous authors — is both fun and informative.
The full review can be read at  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Miami Herald

All serious wine drinkers should be encouraged to read this very sober and thoughtful profile in today's Miami Herald. It was written by Connie Ogle, a long time and highly respected columnist, whose serious and almost reverential approach to wine is most greatly to be admired if not emulated.