Practical Wine Talk: Holiday Pairings With Dr. Charles Thomas

thomas_wine_pairings.jpgLearn about holiday wine pairings and the scientific aspects of wine consumption when author Dr. Charles Thomas presents the program, "Practical Wine Talk: Holiday Pairings" on Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. at Central Library in the Riley Room, 40 E. St. Clair St.

Thomas is the author of the book, Practical Wine Talk: A Physician-Winemaker Examines Wine, which approaches the subject of wine from the various medical, health,scientific, historical, sensory and cultural viewpoints. It is a well-organized collection of essays written on the numerous subjects in the world of wine, food, and health.

The book looks at the components of wine and what influences them, wine defects, various wines and wine tools, and factors for determining why we like certain tastes. It then moves to pairing with food, wine service, and finally the health benefits and risks of wine consumption.

Thomas will entertain attendees while discussing the synergy between wine, food and health. He will discuss what makes for a good or bad bottle of wine and the human taste response, with a special focus on wine pairings for holiday foods. Holiday sugar cookies will be served.

Thomas' interest in wine grew in the 1970's when, as a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist, he decided to expand his winemaking hobby into a full-time venture. He dutifully collected the finest French wines and traveled to Napa to study under some of the most renowned winemakers in the world. In 1984, he and his wife launched Chateau Thomas Winery, now located in Plainfield, Indiana, which produces more than 15,000 cases of 50 different varieties of wine annually.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.