The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine

Do you know how to:

  • Get a broken cork out of the bottle?
  • Remove that red wine stain from your white sofa?
  • Open champagne without putting someone’s eye out?
  • Read a wine list as long as the New York City phonebook?


You may not, but Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach® does. In The Sipping Point she reveals the real essentials of wine without the scientific garble. Discover exactly what you need to know to buy, taste, pair and enjoy wine with ease.

You’ll also find out how to:

  • Order wine when you’re out to dinner
  • Simplify food pairings
  • Handle awkward wine moments
  • Select wines for holiday meals
  • Give a memorable toast
  • Bounce back the morning after and so much more!


The Sipping Point is written in Laurie’s down to earth, practical style. Whether you are a wine novice or a seasoned enthusiast, you’ll love this book. With over 125 pages of wine essentials along with stunning photos, The Sipping Point is the perfect book for you or any wine lover on your list!


“Wine is one of life’s simple and most delightful pleasures. In a simple and most delightful way, Laurie Forster’s The Sipping Point makes that pleasure accessible to you.”

~Michael J. Gelb author of How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci

“For anyone who has ever felt intimidated by a long wine list or spooked by a sommelier, The Sipping Point offers welcome advice in a warm, engaging style. I wish I’d had Laurie Forster as a coach before venturing into the sometimes scary world of wine.”

~Julia Flynn Siler, author of the New York Times Bestseller, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty 

“Readers frequently ask about good introductory wine books for either giving as a gift or learning about wine. The recently published “The Sipping Point — A Crash Course in Wine” by Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach, is a terrific choice. This compact and concise survey guide embodies the author’s trademark optimistic approach to wine: make it fun and enjoyable as a way to connect with others. She simplifies food and wine pairings and provides practical tips on handling classic awkward wine moments, including dealing with tough sommeliers and ordering wines in business settings.”

~Dave DeSimone, wine columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune and KQV 1410 AM

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Phone: 410-820-4212