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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439195188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439195185
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of today's finest wine journalists, GeorgeTaber once again gets the scoop before it hits the headlines. First it was the JUDGMENT OF PARIS. Now it's the news that, amid all the woes ofthe Great Recession, there's one thing worth celebrating: more great wine onthe market at bargain prices than anyone ever thought imaginable. A TOAST TO BARGAIN WINES tells you why--andwhere to find them."
--Tilar Mazzeo, author of The Widow Clicquot

“A timely, interesting, educational approach to today’s wine picture. Wine still makes a feast out of a meal, but in times of not so plenty we will enjoy a bottle that is more reasonable. This tome is a must-read for wine lovers as well as the trade.”

--Margrit Mondavi, Vice President of Cultural Affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery

“There's been a mutiny in the wine world, and for years, George Taber has been camped out in the trenches with the contrarians who have been drinking snobbery under the table: the rogue masters of wine, the behavioral neuroscientists, the bargain-wine tycoons, the guerrilla consumer advocates. With the intimate precision of a world-class journalist, Taber has woven their stories together into a larger narrative about the demise of conventional wisdom in an industry that has been dominated by dusty elitism for centuries. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand wine's newly changed landscape—or who simply wants to drink better for less.”
--Robin Goldstein, author of The Wine Trials and director of the Center for Sensory Economics at the Culinary Institute of America

"A must-read for wine enthusiasts, especially those on a budget." --Kirkus

About the Author

George M. Taber is the author of Judgment of Paris, the 2006 wine book of the year for Britain's Decanter magazine. His second book, To Cork or Not to Cork, won the Jane Grigson Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for best book on wine and spirits and the Andre Simon Award for best wine book. Before turning to writing wine books, Taber was a reporter and editor for Time.

More About the Author

George M. Taber is the author of Judgment of Paris, which recounts the story of the famous 1976 event when unknown California wines defeated top French ones. Taber was the only journalist present at that turning point in the history of wine. Taber's second book, To Cork or Not to Cork, won the Jane Grigson Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and was a finalist for the James Beard Award for best book on wine and alcohol and the Andrew Simon Award for best wine book. Before turning to writing wine books, Taber was a reporter and editor with Time magazine for twenty-one years, based in Bonn, Paris, Houston, and New York.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MTV in Atlanta on February 29, 2012
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I just finished this book and definitely enjoyed all the insights about the various companies offering bargain wines. The suggestions for bargain wines in the back 1/3 of the book will be an interesting guide in helping us fine some good everyday drinkers that won't break the bank. I did think the book was a little disjointed however, jumping from topic to topic in a somewhat haphazard way, and some of the details on exactly HOW wineries buy bulk grapes and juice and yet make a consistent product would have been helpful. Overall though, a good read, and I feel more informed about the true breadth of the wine industry and the players that have helped make decent wine available to a broader swath of the population.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 6, 2012
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I have been confused by all the types of wines and needed some guidance. This book helped me to understand the wine business, the history and especially the people behind what you finally taste in your glass. I finally found out what I really enjoy and why. The big news to me was the Box Wines. Read this slowly and enjoy it just as you do with what you drink!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RLL on December 11, 2011
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This book is not unsimilar to Wine Trials 2011. But happily the various esseys are on somewhat different subjects. The reviews of wines is also done differently. Inexpensive and a fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim on March 19, 2012
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I bought one of these for myself and after reviewing it, I bought two more for my friends. They gave me great feedback, just as I suspected.
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By Alan Nichols on June 24, 2014
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Best wine book ever. Cuts through all the hype and bull surrounding wine, marketing, branding, quality, "gold medals" and more.
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