1000 Best Wine Secrets (December 15, 2006)
by Dean Tudor
1000 Best Wine Secrets (Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006 [www.sourcebooks.com], 381 pages, ISBN 1-4022-0808-1, $16.95 paper covers) is by Carolyn Hammond, a colleague of mine in the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada. She has also written for a number of newspapers and wine magazines (Decanter, Wine & Spirit International). It is all basic information, but it has been rearranged in categories for ease of access there is even an index!
1000 tips are sorted into selecting, tasting, serving, storing, gifting, educating, wine myths, and best buys from around the world. Each tip is numbered. There is a list of nationally distributed wines under $20, plus a resources section.
Audience and level of use: Those wine readers who prefer to dip into and out of an engaging book.
Some interesting or unusual facts: In 2004, $16 million worth of Canadian wine was exported, up from just $6 million five years before.
The downside to this book: Given what the book is, the worst thing about it that I can say is the paper is too heavy and the binding too restrictive. I find it awfully hard to use as a bathroom book or as a bedtime read.
The upside to this book: There is actually an index, which is rare in handbooks.
Quality/Price Rating: 89.