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Wine snob likes Beaujolais, and he's got a new book to prove it.

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Rudolph Chelminski can't figure out why his fellow wine snobs sniff their noses at Beaujolais. He thinks it's a mighty tasty vino — which he makes an eloquent and witty case for in his new book, I'll Drink to That: Beaujolais and the French Peasant Who Made It the World's Most Popular Wine. "It's been slandered and dumped upon for so many years and in such an incredibly misinformed manner," he says. "I got pissed off, because there's so much crap being said about the Beaujolais."Chelminski started writing about the finer things in life more than 30 years ago for publications like Time and The Atlantic Monthly. I'll Drink to That, a follow-up to 2005's The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine, charts the history of the people of Beaujolais and their wine. Over the years, Chelminski — who was born in Connecticut, but now lives in France — has ingratiated himself with the region's populace. "I like these folks, and I like their wine," he says. "I tasted some that knocked my socks off."The heart of the book examines the love-hate relationship connoisseurs have with the much-maligned (but mega-popular) Beaujolais. "People don't realize how fabulous the wine can be," says Chelminski. "They just need to taste a great one." Chelminski signs and discusses I'll Drink to That at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst. Admission is free. Call 216-691-7000 or visit www.josephbeth.com for more information.
Mon., Nov. 5, 7 p.m., 2007

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