Alice Feiring, formerly the wine columnist with Time magazine, and a fervent blogger on vineyards and winemakers, is also very feisty in her crusade to topple the authority of Robert Parker and the Wine Spectator in their ratings of various vintages. In The Battle For Wine And Love (Mariner, $13.95) Feiring travels through the vineyards of California, Oregon, France, and Italy in search of the perfect, authentic wine. Along the way she breezily explains the whole winemaking process, including all the additives found in much of today’s wine.  Accompanying her on her tasting journeys are various lovers whose bouquets sometimes wear as thin as wines “emasculated by tannins.”

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ISBN: 9780156033268
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Published: Mariner Books - May 5th, 2009

As with any list that claims to be comprehensive, Neil Beckett’s compendium of 1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die (Universe, $36.95) is bound to create controversy and spark debate.  Is Champagne better than sherry?  Does one great vintage trump centuries of vinicultural excellence?  This book aims to create exactly these conversations.  The editors attempted to cobble together a list composed not strictly of the best wines but of the most complete range of tastes and styles.  Though most of the choices are based on vintage, this book offers insight into the global wine industry in all its facets—from rare wines, only found at auction, to familiar mass-produced grocery-store brands

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By Universe, Neil Beckett (Editor), Hugh Johnson (Preface by)
ISBN: 9780789316837
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Universe - September 9th, 2008