Episode #14 – Jim Laughren

An Interview with Jim Laughren – Episode #14

The Winervana PodcastJim Laughren is a Certified Wine Educator, a member of the Society of Wine Educators, and the award-winning author of 50 Ways to Love Wine More and A Beer Drinker’s Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine. He is known for his irreverent approach and abiding enthusiasm for all things fermented. He is founder of Chicago-based WineHead Consulting and a former importer and distributor of fine wines from around the world.

Purchase Jim Laughren’s 50 Ways to Love Wine More here.

Purchase Jim Laughren’s A Beer Drinker’s Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine here.

0:00: Introduction
1:32: His start in the wine world
3:37: What is a Certified Wine Educator?
6:57: The favorite part of what he does
10:38: How he continues to learn
15:17: The wine world is huge
16:48: Wine snobbery
21:49: How to find wine you like
25:13: How to select wines for entertaining
27:42: How to make the most of a winery visit
31:30: How to deal with a restaurant wine list
37:24: Restaurant wine price-gouging
43:32: The fallacy of numerical ratings
49:21: Critic Robert Parker and his influence
52:39: 50 Ways to Love Wine More