Aug 27 2010

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The Wine Bible

THE WINE BIBLE is like a lively course from an expert teacher, grounded deeply in the fundamentals and enriched with passionate opinions, asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, illustrations, maps, charts, and wine labels-everything, in fact, but the actual wine itself. Beginning with the basics of mastering wine-how to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory, understanding the subtle interplay of variety, vineyard, and vintner to demystifying the issue of vintages-it covers the essentials: The emotion and intrigue of Burgundy. Rhne’s untamed reds. The flinty pleasures of sauvignon blanc and surprising delicacy of Spain’s Riojas. Bordeaux, the largest fine wine vineyard on the globe and epitome of terroir. Fourteen Sonoma wines to know. The importance of finish. Tuscany, kingom of variable microclimates. The precise and food-friendly wines of Germany. The narrow 30-mile stretch of ambition, experimentation, and surpassing quality called Napa. Why the “punt,” or indentation in a wine bottle. Australia, where cutting-edge technology meets easy, outgoing, unpretentious character. Plus Austria, New Zealand, South Africa, Portugal, and more. Eight years in the writing, Karen MacNeil’s THE WINE BIBLE takes any reader, at any level of interest and sophistication, and offers the one thing guaranteed to increase his or her pleasure in wine-knowledge. It’s illustrated throughout with maps, photographs, charts, wine labes, and has hundreds of boxes featuring historical tidbits, fun wine facts, and wine destinations while traveling.Though it drinks deep of its subject, Karen MacNeil’s Wine Bible deftly avoids two traps many wine books fall into: talking down to wine novices or talking up to more experienced enophiles. The book avoids these traps through MacNeil’s obvious, and infectious, love of her subject, which comes out in almost every sentence of the book, and which lets her talk about wine in a way that combines the good

  • A wonderful book on wine
  • 910 Pages

Rating: (out of 93 reviews)

List Price: $ 19.95
Price: $ 12.00

The Wine Bible Reviews

Review by Eric J. Lyman:

The spine on my worn copy of the Wine Bible is cracked and its pages are dog-eared, even though I think the book has several notable shortcomings. As I write this, I find myself in the unusual position of criticizing the thick volume even though I turn to it for information on a regular basis.My biggest complaint is that I feel the book doesn’t really know what it wants to be. On the one hand, it is a comprehensive reference book that in many areas goes into more depth than other general wine books. But it falls short as a reference book because it lacks the scope of books like The World Atlas of Wine or The Global Encyclopedia of Wine, which cover more up-and-coming wine producing countries, more specific producers and, especially in the case of The World Atlas of Wine, are enhanced by beautiful photographs and maps. Though the Wine Bible is substantial (it weighs in at a hefty 910 pages) its design is more compact than the other books I mentioned, and so might make a better travel companion for someone visiting multiple wine producing regions in a single trip. But the lack of good maps makes a supplemental book necessary. Additionally, the book can feel like a disjointed collection of articles that ought to have been better integrated before publication. Often, the same information (referring to multiple or confusing names for grape varieties or regions, or quality standards in specific countries) is referred to parenthetically several times, often in quick succession — something unnecessary, especially given the book’s excellent glossary.But despite these criticisms, I find myself referring to the book repeatedly. Part of the reason for that is author Karen MacNeil’s pleasing and unpretentious writing style, which somehow manages to please wine lovers of many different levels of knowledge. Ms. MacNeil’s passion for wine comes through in the text and her knowledge of the subject is extremely impressive, with her descriptions often compensating for a lack of quality photos. And though I would like to see more wine producing areas covered by the book, the regions she does address are covered extremely comprehensively. The quality of information is also very even: before travels to these areas I have read the book’s sections on South Africa, the Mosel, Loire, Ribera del Duero, Languedoc, as well as everything on my adopted home country, and could not detect any ebb in Ms. Mac Neil’s enthusiasm or knowledge.After some thought, I settled on four stars for this review, despite the complaints I have. The book is just too useful and too skillfully written for fewer stars. The next addition, I feel sure, will earn five on my improvised scale.Once you have moved beyond the most basic level in wine knowledge, this is an important book to have. If you can buy only one book on the subject, this is not the one I would suggest — The World Atlas of Wine gets my vote for that honor — but if you were to limit your collection to two books, then I think this is a serious candidate for that second position. Once you’ve got that much covered, I’d lean toward a book that focuses on your favorite wine producing region or another specific aspect of the subject, like tasting or wine production.

Review by Tarik J. Ghbeish:

A great book for a beginner. This book doesn’t rate wines, it teaches you about how they are made, what flavors each grape is known for, what regions grow each type of grape and so on. Immensely useful information. I have used this as * a learning tool,
* a reference when I’m curious about a wine I’ve found
* to settle arguments with family over wine labeling
* a reference to decide which wines may be worth trying from a specific region.As a reference, the book is not encyclopedic, but it doesn’t attempt to be either. The book is a bible in the sense that it gives you a good solid overview of a wine region, it’s styles of wines, and some of it’s representative producers if you want to start trying out the regions wines.It is quick to point out that the ultimate judge of a wine is the drinker, and you shouldn’t be shy to decide you do or don’t like a wine despite it’s reputation. I like that and believe it is a good approach.

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Gustaf’s Wine Gums, 2.2 Pound Bags (Pack of 3)

Wine gums are the popular alternative to gummis in Europe. These are starch based products, which is a much better base than gelatin to transmit the flavors. Let us assure you that these delectable candies are alcohol free despite the references on the front of each piece.

  • Made in Holland
  • Great Flavors
  • A flavorful alternative to gummis

Rating: (out of 15 reviews)

List Price: $ 25.08
Price: $ 19.29

Gustaf’s Wine Gums, 2.2 Pound Bags (Pack of 3) Reviews

Review by musickna:

While clearly distinct from Maynards Wine Gums Roll-pack 4, these are perfectly acceptable wine gums. A little sweeter and a little less chewy, but still a definite tartness to the flavoring and that satisfying solidity that is wholly missing from the Gummis and their relatives.

Review by E. K.:

Gustaf’s come in all the classic wine gum shapes and flavors. They have a slightly tart and tangy flavor with a chewie texture that is nothing like many of the soft, nondescript gummies. These wine gums are like the ones I remember buying from little candy shops while studying in England. As for the merchant, my order came sooner than expected and was in excellent condition.

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Vinturi 6700 Essential Wine Aerator for Red Wine

Wine needs to breathe to allow it to open up, release its intended aromas, and of course, make it taste better. Vinturi’s patent pending design speeds up this process by instantly aerating with ease and convenience. The perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass of wine.

  • Easily and conveniently enhances the flavor, bouquet, and finish of any wine
  • Patent-pending design speeds up breathing process by instantly aerating in the time it takes to pour a glass of wine
  • Hold aerator over glass and pour wine through for instant aeration; mixes proper amount of air in right amount of time
  • Made of acrylic, the aerator has a no-drip stand and a handy travel pouch
  • Measures 6 inches high by 2 inches wide; safe to clean in the dishwasher

Rating: (out of 445 reviews)

List Price: $ 40.00
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Vinturi 6700 Essential Wine Aerator for Red Wine Reviews

Review by elvindeath:

I bought one of these on a whim when the product launched just before Christmas, 2006. It seemed like a perfect – if unnecessary – stocking stuffer for my wife, since we’re both wine enthusiasts. I never really felt these “gimmick” aerators did much that a solid 1/2 hour decanting couldn’t do. Boy was I wrong.

The device itself is attractive, compact and solidly built. It appears to be a simple oblong plexiglass “funnel” with a rubber grip. There are two small channels in the center of the funnel, which look like “cracks” in the plastic (I’ve read product info that assures worried buyers these cracks are proper and unavoidable). Wine is poured through the top of the funnel, and immediately a suction sound is heard as the pouring draws air into the wine before it escapes out the bottom of the funnel. The aerator is easily held, and I’ve never had a problem with spills.

Now on to the “effect” of the Vinturi. I’ve been using the Vinturi for 5 months now, on a variety of wines … from a bottle of “Two Buck Chuck”, to a nice ’98 Vietti Barolo, to a bottle of 97′ Phelps Insignia. In every circumstance, with every wine, I’ve noticed a significant improvement in the quality of the wine when poured through the Vinturi, as opposed to tasted directly from bottle. The flavours are more blended, the finish is less acidic, and frankly, it has made most of the wines I drink a more pleasurable experience, from sniff to swallow. I’ve conducted several “blind” tastings with friends, and we all agree – this thing works.

If you’re a serious wine drinker – or shopping for a wine drinker in your life – give this product a try. At , it’s about the price of a decent California Cabernet, and will yield results for decades to come. I plan on picking up a few dozen this Christmas and giving them out as gifts to business clients.

Review by Robert Dwyer:

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Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2009 Edition

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course is simply the bestselling wine book in North America—it’s a classic. In addition to retaining the expanded 60-page section on “101 Wines You Should Know,” from last year, the 2009 revision will include 16 pages of quizzes (two at the end of every chapter) to test readers on how much they’ve learned—just as if they were in Kevin’s class. Those who use the book as an actual course will find this enormously helpful, and a great challenge for testing their knowledge of wine fundamentals. Of course, all wine lists and labels, vintage charts, and trend reports will receive a complete update, too.
As always, Zraly organizes his wines by region, from simple to complex, beginning with white wines from France, the U.S., and Germany; he moves on to the red wines of Burgundy and the Rhône, Bordeaux, the U.S., Italy, Australia, Argentina, and Chile; and concludes with champagnes and ports. By following Kevin’s order, readers will experience the best wines and the wide diversity of taste, style, region, and country. It’s not only a comprehensive and bargain-priced hands-on wine education, but a superb catalog from which to start a wine cellar or find a bottle appropriate for any occasion at any price.
This unequaled volume retains all the invaluable information, fabulous illustration, and gorgeous styling of the previous editions—presented in Zraly’s inimitable, irreverent style. It’s clearly the wine guide against which all others are judged.

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Rating: (out of 44 reviews)

List Price: $ 24.95
Price: $ 8.63

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2009 Edition Reviews

Review by G. Merritt:

Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course is considered a classic among amateur grape geeks (like me). The 2007 edition sold over 100,000 copies. Zraly uncorks the mysteries of wine with his trusted “wine course.” The comprehensive 2008 update is informative in the areas of wine tasting, selection, regions, and countries (from France to Chile), and also includes recommendations and advice on selecting a wine in an often complex market further complicated by the Internet. While this course may not qualify you to become a sommelier, it will definitely improve your knowledge and credentials as an amateur oeniphile, and should be considered an excellent starting point for any wine connoisseur.

G. Merritt

Review by ng:

I absolutely love this book. Incredibly informative and broken out so that you don’t find yourself overwhelmed by all the vast information available in the wine world. I knew a little bit about wine before this book, and my knowledge has increased dramatically after reading this book. This is a must have for anyone with an interest in wine.

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Vino Italiano 4 Week Wine Kit, Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.5-Pound Box

4 week wine kit. great italian table wines .

  • All ingredients are 100% food grade OGM Free
  • Step-by-Step instructions included
  • Making Great Wines is as easy as 1,2,3

Rating: (out of 4 reviews)

List Price: $ 53.50
Price: $ 44.58

Vino Italiano 4 Week Wine Kit, Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.5-Pound Box Reviews

Review by seraeads:

Having never made wine before, we decided to give it a try, mainly because of the price of this kit. Once we purchased the wine-making equipment (fermenter, carboy, siphons, air locks, hydrometer, etc) from a home-brew supply company, we were ready to make this wine. We used Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supply ([…]) for the equipment package. They have a starter kit that is reasonably priced. I would also recommend purchasing a wine thief (to take samples with) and a container to hold your samples in when testing them, in addition to an auto siphon and maybe some oak chips for this kit. All in all, we spent about on the equipment we needed to use this wine kit.

Having read reviews about this wine-kit company’s wines being “watery” I decided to make 5 gallons instead of 6. Later, I read that this can be VERY tricky with kits because they are specifically tailored for that particular volume of wine. Maybe I got lucky, but our batch came out pretty good. I also added some extra tannin, a little citric acid and I soaked some oak chips in it during the final phase. I was careful to keep everything sterile (with the sterilizer that came with my equipment package- never use bleach or other household chemicals on wine equipment) and I also paid attention to the fermentation temperature, having read that two of the most important things in home winemaking are sterilization and temperature.

I just bottled 23 bottles of this wine a couple of days ago and we drank the 1/2 bottle that was left over. It tastes like an inexpensive table wine you’d get in a restaurant in Italy or France. Nothing special, so far. However, I’ve read that even a few months of aging in the bottle can do wonders for these kit wines so I’m eager to see how it tastes later this year. As of bottling it was clear (no haze) and had a nice, light raspberry color to it. It was semi-dry with lots of fruit undertones; decent legs and an okay nose. There was a faint hint of oak, probably from the chips, which soaked in the carboy for about 5 days before bottling.

All-in-all, I’ve paid more for wine that wasn’t as good. I’ve already started my second batch (a Vinter’s Reserve kit purchased locally) and today I started a small batch made from organic grape juice purchased at the grocery store (we’ll see what happens there).

Warning, wine making can become addictive- it’s one part science, one part art. I’d recommend this kit to a beginner who doesn’t want to invest the 0 in a higher-end kit. Good luck!

Review by Michael Deehr:

I liked the wine overall, so does my gf so that helps too. I thought it was a bit bubbly but maybe I didnt stir out the bubbles enough. Decent body and is definatly worth the money you pay for it and the lables are very good. Not something you could make up easily by yourself.

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Wine For Dummies

Wine enthusiasts and novices, raise your glasses! The #1 wine book has been extensively updated! If you’re a connoisseur, Wine For Dummies, Fourth Edition will get you up to speed on what’s in and show you how to take your hobby to the next level. If you’re new to the world of wine, it will clue you in on what you’ve been missing and show you how to get started. It begins with the basic types of wine, how wines are made, and more. Then it gets down to specifics: How to handle snooty wine clerks, navigate restaurant wine lists, decipher cryptic wine labels, and dislodge stubborn corks How to sniff and taste wine How to store and pour wine and pair it with food Four white wine styles: fresh, unoaked; earthy; aromatic; rich, oaky Four red wine styles: soft, fruity, and relatively light-bodied; mild-mannered, medium-bodied; spicy; powerful, full-bodied, and tannic What’s happening in the “Old World” of wine, including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, and Greece What’s how (and what’s not) in the New World of Wine, including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa U.S. wines from California, Oregon, Washington, and New York Bubbling beauties and medieval sweets: champagne, sparkling wines, sherry, port, and other exotic dessert wines Authors Ed McCarthy, CWE, who is a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Journal and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, who owns

  • It is your wine guide
  • 432 Pages

Rating: (out of 73 reviews)

List Price: $ 21.99
Price: $ 12.20

Wine For Dummies Reviews

Review by :

This book offers an excellent introduction into wines. If you know little about wines, but want a quick, fun and easy way to learn, this book is for you. After reading this book, I was able to talk intelligently about the different varieties of wines, how wine is made and how to taste wines. This book has improved my social and professional life. At business dinners, I’m able to talk about wines and navigate through the wine list intelligently. On the social front, I recently held an amatuer wine tasting at my house and it was big success. One chapter in the book explains all the attributes and nuances you could sense in a wine. I organized the attributes with the descriptions in a table, with a few blank columns for wine tasting notes. My guests were entertained and educated at the same time.The writing is clear and concise. The authors do not take a snobby attitude towards tasting; throughout the book, they emphasize that good wine is primarily determined by personal choice. They give you the tools to learn to taste and enjoy wine.I read at an average rate. In about 2 hours, I was able to talk intelligently about the wine making process, understand how to taste wines, and navigate around wine shops. This book should be read over a period of several weeks so that you can actually practice what you’ve read. The only drawback with this book is that there are no colorful pictures and they weren’t very explicit about which flavors to concentrate on while drinking different wine varieties.Overall, this book is excellent for beginners. After reading the first few chapters, you’ll go from beginner to an intermediate wine buff. I even purhased several of these books for my friends as Christmas gifts!

Review by M. H. Bayliss:

I’m not an expert oeneophile (in fact, I can’t even spell it), but I am an interested amateur who has read about 5 basic books on wine ranging from Parkers famous one to lesser known tomes (the Windows on the World one is good too). I think this dummies book offers the least pretentious and most concise overall guide to wine. It does cover a lot of ground which is why the same authors have separate books on white and red wines. On the bright side, you’ll learn about every major grape variety and region in the wine world and how to find great bargains. I really enjoyed the tone and attitude — the authors clearly know a lot, but make it clear that you don’t have to be a wine snob to really enjoy wine.

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Oster 4208 Inspire Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller

At the touch of a button, the Oster Wine Opener easily opens up to 30 bottles on a single charge. The stylish and ergonomically designed soft-grip handle will fit into the palm of your hand for a firm grip. Also includes a foil cutter to remove wine seals and a recharging base for convenience.

  • Electric bottle opener removes corks at the touch of a button
  • Opens up to 30 bottles on a single charge; works with all traditional wine bottles
  • Foil cutter; soft-grip handle; cordless operation; recharging base included
  • Also includes thermal stainless-steel wine chiller that keeps wine cold for hours
  • Opener measures approximately 4 by 4 by 12 inches; chiller measures approximately 5 by 5 by 9 inches; 1-year limited warranty

Rating: (out of 86 reviews)

List Price: $ 34.99
Price: $ 23.95

Oster 4208 Inspire Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller Reviews

Review by N. Fitzgerald:

I was surprised as to how well this item actually worked when we opened and started using it. I purchased this as a ‘filler’ gift for my wife for Christmas. Knowing that it was a gadjety gift I did not have high expecations. We used this for fun and found out how easy it is to use and how cleanly it removes the cork. It opens many bottles on one charge, although we have not yet tried to prove the box statement correct that it opens 30 bottles on one charge.

Good for a person who struggles with conventional wine openers and breaking corks.

The bonus wine chiller is stylish and functional.

Review by A. Chandler:

We actually originally bought just the wine opener at a department store. As is usual with Amazon, this online price is waaay better than what we paid for the wine opener ALONE…I was told at a dinner party that Amazon had the wine opener for less than what I paid so we went online to order several of these as gifts and found we could get the wine chiller too for less!

Not only do these two wine lovers love the opener, but every time we use it in front of someone they fall in love and want one so it’s the perfect gift.

So…we ordered a few with the wine chiller and tried out the wine chiller as well and are equally as impressed! We had a dinner party and ran low on white wine. A fast chill provided by the wine chiller kept the dinner party flowing smoothly.

We had a 0 dollar wine opener that didn’t work nearly as impressive and easily as this one did. In fact, a wine opener just like this is still in wine catalogs for over 0. It may even be the same one…that’s the first place we saw it.

As for how it works…place it on the bottle, push the button, ZIP…it uncorks it for you.

TO REMOVE THE CORK: (totally easy) you just push the button in reverse and it pops it right out for you to remove it! Anyone who didn’t know this trick may not have read that part of the instructions as I could see that trying to remove it otherwise would be difficult. but it’s a cinch if you push that reverse button…even easier than removing it from a manual opener!

CONCLUSION: I love to drink wine but hate opening it and have broken enough corks in my day to realize I shouldn’t. This is uncorkage 101 at it’s finest whether you are a pro opener or as clumsy as me…looks impressive, is a major conversation piece once you use it, works in seconds with no brainpower needed, and the battery charge lasts so long that we even took it on a cruise and uncorked our wine during the whole trip perfectly and still came home and used it for a few weeks without having to recharge!

The wine chiller works just as well as the ones costing hundreds more. We are a lover of Oster and Amazon for this bargain set for our gift giving!! My parents, who have everything, are as hooked as we are on this and now gift it themselves to others.

And, more importantly, we’ve had it for a year now and it’s as good as new. Some more expensive wine openers we’ve had had more fragile pieces that didn’t hold up.

While it’s the perfect gift, you’ll want to keep it for yourself if you don’t yet have one.

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Vino Italiano 4 Week Wine Kit, Moscato, 15.5-Pound Box

4 week wine kit. great italian table wines .

  • All ingredients are 100% food grade OGM Free
  • Step-by-Step instructions included
  • Making Great Wines is as easy as 1,2,3

Rating: (out of 8 reviews)

List Price: $ 49.62
Price: $ 41.35

Vino Italiano 4 Week Wine Kit, Moscato, 15.5-Pound Box Reviews

Review by L. P. Quinn:

A very nice wine kit for the price. Makes a very enjoyable white wine. With kits in this price range (and perhaps all wine kits in general), the white wines tend to be ready to drink earlier and are closer to their commercial counterparts. As far as one viewer’s complaint of it not including the necessary equipment … c’mon. When you buy a brownie mix do you expect the pan to be included? It’s got all the ingredients you need to make 6 gallons of wine. If you like white Italian wines this kit will make a nice table wine for less then a bottle.

Review by Jezabel:

I am new to the wine making hobby and I really enjoyed these kits. I had a Mother’s Day party and the wine was the hit. Everyone wanted a bottle to take home. Which was great, that was an easy inexpensive gift for lots of people. The price is unbelievable, and if you are a casual drinker, then you will never know the difference between this an a 10.00 bottle. I let it ferment a little longer, due to inexperience. I also added some sugar because it was drier than I liked. I boiled the sugar in water then slowly added it to the wine batch a little at a time, till I got the flavor I liked. Then I let is sit a few more weeks. It was great and easy. I am ordering two more today. Alcohol content was kinda high, but that turned out to be a good thing. It taste best with a little chill on it.

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World Atlas of Wine

Hailed by critics worldwide as “extraordinary” and “irreplaceable,” there are few volumes that have had as monumental an impact in their field as Hugh Johnson’s The World Atlas of Wine: sales have exceeded four million copies, and it is now published in thirteen languages.
World-renowned authors Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson once again combine their unrivalled talents to enhance this masterpiece of wine knowledge. There are now 48 extra pages, including 17 new color illustrations, 20 new maps, and—for the first time ever—double page spreads and full-page photos in the atlas section for maximum visual impact. New World coverage has been extended for both Australia and South America; some New World regions even have their own entries for the first time, including Rutherford, Oakville, and Stag’s Leap from California; Mendoza (Argentina); Limestone Coast (Australia); Central Otago and Martinborough (New Zealand); and Constantia (South Africa). And Old World coverage has grown too, with the addition of Toro (Spain), the Peleponnese (Greece), and Georgia. It’s a truly incomparable book, and an essential addition to every wine lover’s or professional’s library.

  • One of the most popular wine references ever written
  • This book as sold over 4 million copies
  • 400 pages of thorough maps and descriptions of wine regions found

Rating: (out of 27 reviews)

List Price: $ 50.00
Price: $ 31.50

World Atlas of Wine Reviews

Review by Christopher Barrett:

Basically this is an indespensible text for anyone in the wine industry of wishing to expand their technical wine prowess. I am a Master of Wine student and this is one of the three cornerstones of my library including the Oxford Companion to Wine and the Sotheby’s Wine Encylclopedia. The maps are a bit much for beginners but that is what the colorful Sotheby’s maps are for. These maps highlight elevation and exposure as well as vineyard land and forested land, all are important aspects for advanced wine studies.

This edition expands upon the notable regions, including a massive increase in the US and Australian sections, Hugh Johnson giving a nod to the increasing popularity and success of these countries.

This should be one of the first three books purchased for any wine enthusiast.

Review by Keith E. Webb:

At 400 pages, British wine experts Huge Johnson and Jancis Robinson have created their most exhaustive atlas yet, and a tremendous resource. The book is gorgeous – with a generous amount of color illustrations, photos, and maps, including 2 page spreads. All told there are 48 extra pages over the previous edition.

The 6th edition contains 200 maps, all revised and updates, including 20 new maps. The introduction contains essays on wine in the ancient world, vine types, grape varieties, weather, terroir, the wine growers calendar, how wine is made, etc. etc. Robinson has said this new edition took two years of concentrated effort. It was worth it!

Then the authors dive deep into wine regions organized by country. Each region or country covered has a colored map, an essay about the characteristics of the reason, vital statistics, and a few wine labels. France has the most with 55 regions featured, indeed, a quarter of the volume (100 pages) is on France. Italy features 18 regions. Spain 9. Portugal 6. Germany 12. United States 17. Australia 12. New Zealand 4. Other countries covered include: England and Wales, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Western Balkans, Bulgaria, Romania, Former Soviet Republics, Greece, Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, South Africa, China, Japan, and the rest of Asia. I find the information scant on Chile and Argentina, which is odd given their increased market exposure and rising excellence of wines.

The authors have expanded New World coverage, in keeping with expanded exposure and quality of the wine produced in these regions, for Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South America, and South Africa. These are additions, with nothing taken away from the previous fabulous coverage of Old & New World wine regions.

Since the first edition in 1971, the World Atlas of Wine has sold more than 4 million copies and I’m happy to add this new 6th edition to my library, especially at such a reasonable price. It’s always a pleasure to look up some background information on tonight’s glass of wine.

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Vacu Vin Stainless Steel Wine Saver Gift Set

The Wine Saver is a vacuum pump which extracts the air from an opened bottle and reseals it with a reusable rubber stopper. It slows down the oxidation process and keeps the wine fresh for 7 to 10 days

  • Stainless steel vacuum pump, 2 reusable rubber stoppers, and 2 crystal-like pourers
  • Extracts air from opened bottles to slow down the oxidation process and keep wine fresh for 7 to 10 days
  • Ingenious ?click? sound tells you when optimum vacuum level is reached
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Vacuum pump measures 5 by 3 inches

Rating: (out of 43 reviews)

List Price: $ 29.99
Price: $ 18.40

Vacu Vin Stainless Steel Wine Saver Gift Set Reviews

Review by Lynn Hoffman, author:The Short Course in Beer:

This stainless version of the popular winesaver includes two non-drip pouring spouts. The stainless look is perhaps worth a few dollars more than the cost of the plastic models.

Looking at the reviews of this an other Vacuvin products, you see reports that are deeply contradictory. It’s interesting that there is such a divergence of experience with such a simple product. The ideas behind Vacuvin are pretty simple.

First, air is the enemy of an open bottle of wine. Bacteria in the air want to turn alcohol into vinegar. The air itself oxidizes and dulls the taste of all but the most robust wines.

Second, you can remove some of the air with a simple pump and thereby slow down the rate at which wine deteriorates.

Why then, do we have both no-star and five-star reactions to this product?

Maybe the biggest source of disagreement is expectations. Vacuvin slows the deterioration of wine in the bottle, but it doesn’t stop it.

Another possible reason for all the disagreement might be a question of temperature. The biochemical reactions that kill your wine are temperature sensitive. They proceed faster when the wine is warm and slow down when it’s cool. Putting a pumped-out bottle in the refrigerator or wine cooler will slow down the spoilage processes and make Vacuvin more effective.

A third issue is the way the wine is handled before the Vacuvin plug goes in. If wine has a lot of air dissolved in it by being poured from decanter to bottle, there’s no system that will keep it fresh.

For more info on wine storage, check out my book, New Short Course in Wine,The

–Lynn Hoffman, author of New Short Course in Wine,The and bang BANG: A Novel from Kunati Books.

Review by Alan:

As any wine drinker, be it red or white, knows, the worst thing that can happen to a bottle of wine opened at dinner, is to not be able to finish the bottle of wine at dinner.

I’m a novice drinker of wine, and sometimes can go through a bottle with my girlfriend in one night, other times, the wine just doesn’t go down as well, and you want to save it for the next night. Previous attempts to recork the bottle, or buy a cheap wine saver cork at Target were unsuccessful and only allowed me a day or two of storage in the fridge.

Then along came Vacu Vin. The giftset is a blessing in disguise, as not only does it come with Vacu Vin’s pump and 2 stoppers, it also comes with 2 wine pourers, which eliminates my most hated part of the wine, trying to not leak wine all over the counter/floor when I was done with a glass’s pour.

The vacu vin gives me about 5 days in the wine cooler before its time to either finish it, or pour it down the drain.

I give this 2 thumbs up , and highly recommend it to all wine drinkers.

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