Darien resident Richard L. Chilton Jr.’s love affair with wine began in 1976, when his parents converted an old bomb shelter on their property into a wine cellar.
Over the next 40 years, he came to understand that wine expertise involves a journey, an endless stream of vintages, unique regions, and perfect pairings with different kinds of foods.
Now a co-owner of Hourglass Vineyard, an award-winning winery in Napa Valley, he shares his knowledge in his engaging guide Adventures with Old Vines: A Beginner’s Guide to Being a Wine Connoisseur.
On Saturday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m, Chilton, will be at Barrett Bookstore, 314 Heights Road, at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11 to speak and sign copies of the book.
The book provides detailed information about buying and storing wine, how to read a wine list, the role of the sommelier, how wine is really made, the impact of weather on a vintage and more.
Richly illustrated, “Adventures with Old Vines” includes a full-color reference section on a select group of vineyards from all over the world, describing their history and their benchmark wines.
The characteristics of these memorable wines provide the essential starting point to understand what to look for when evaluating any wine. Equipped with this easy-to-read book, readers will have all the tools they need to begin their own wine journey.
Chilton lives in Darien with his family. He is the founder of Chilton Investment Company and has been a member of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a Burgundy wine society for thirty years.
Wine and refreshments will be served. Kindly RSVP to Barrett Bookstore at 203-655-2712 to reserve a seat.
Correction: The original announcement, as submitted, called the book “Adventures with Old Wines” and we didn’t catch it. But we’ve now corrected that to “Old Vines.” We’ll note that we did have it correct in the headline (for some reason we can’t figure out).