Monday, December 24, 2007

To Cork or Not To Cork book review by Billy

To Cork or Not To Cork by George Taber is among the "must read" books for the wine enthusiast in your lift. (Amazon link here).

Disclaimer: I was sent this book to review

I am not personally one for non-fiction but this book hooked me from the outset. Unlike PB who reviewed this book as well here, I have no previous interest in the history of corks, wine closures, or wine keeping. My interest was in the wine itself, not the business of bottling. However, this book successfully engaged me and held my interest as it laid the history of wine keeping and delved into the machinations of the cork barons of Portugal, the technological upstarts in the US Pacific Northwest and the dare-to-try-anything Australians. It also has me, even today, looking at corks and closures differently. That is the mark of a remarkable book.

The writing style is simple and easy to read - it is as accessible as a well produced BBC or Discovery Channel documentary while being more "heady" than tv-in-a-book.

If you're looking for last minute gifts for Christmas or the New Year, click the amazon link above and get it for the wine lover in your life.

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