THE WINE BIBLE by Karen MacNeil (Workman), 910 pages, $29.95 paper. Rating: NNN
Part of Workman's Bible series (other titles: The Vegetarian Gardener's Bible and The Barbecue Bible), this extensive and easily referenced volume successfully demystifies the often puzzling world of wine. Can't tell the Pinots apart (Blanc, Grigio, Gris, Meunnier, Noir)? MacNeil explains it all in plain language that will make you a dinner party authority. Although Canadian wines get short shrift -- six pages in total -- the regional differences in European, American and Australian are examined in great detail. Sections on wine-tasting for neophytes, how to tell if a wine has gone bad and how to match food with wine make this Bible a wine religious experience.
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