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Swallow This: The progressive approach to wine (November 9, 2010)

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by Dean Tudor, www.deantudor.com

Swallow This: The progressive approach to wine (20 Sips LLC, 2009; distr. McArthur, 2010, 342 pages, ISBN 978-0-615-30209-6 $24.95 CAD soft covers) is by US celebrity television star wine taster Mark Phillips, who had a PBS show (now on DVD) about wine tasting. In addition to this book, he also has audio books and DVDs on how to taste.

The Progressive Approach is entertaining, although some wine people cringe. Yes, he says that there is a time to microwave wine. Yes, he tells you which wine is best for wild sex (but because he didn't do an index, you cannot find out which one unless you read it from cover to cover). Yes, there is a time to freeze wine. No, don't buy any expensive wines. But you can tell what wine tastes like before opening it. No, different shapes of glasses will alter wines but one shape seems to be best above all (he has done the research and sells the glasses). So: No, you don't need a collection of different shapes (waste of money). Wine ratings are silly. Describing wine is for geeks. And on and on.

As he pointedly says, "Wine just adds an emotional component, a pure sensual aspect to whatever you're doing. It is a bonding beverage." Just don't overdo it, for alcohol kills. This is a good bedtime read, to relax. BUT IT DOES NEED AN INDEX.

Quality/price rating: 82, probably up to 88 with an index.

 

 

 

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