Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Wine Trials: A Fearless Critic Book: Robin Goldstein (Fearless Critic Media). Snobs (wine or otherwise) will hate this book. The rest of you will be happy to read it is ok to drink “Two Buck Chuck” from Trader Joe’s, not to mention the other “expensive” $10 wines reviewed herein. There is much to savor and learn about wines in the $2 to $15 range. The editors served a variety of wine to 507 wine tasters from various walks of life. Precautions were taken to ensure the anonymous equality of all wines. Swill from jugs or screw-top bottles was poured into slender, corked containers and all wines were served in the street drinker’s favorite basic brown paper bag. The results clearly suggest the cheap stuff is as good, often better than the high-end snob favorites. This is recommended to wine drinkers who do not take their drinking too seriously and anyone who wants to learn more about wine. – Glen Thrasher