Sunday, December 16, 2007

To Cork Or Not To Cork by George Taber a book review by (PB)

To Cork Or Not To Cork, that is the question! Whether tis nobler in the mind of wine lovers to suffer the aromas and flavors of corked wine or to use a screw cap and eliminate such taint has its supporters and detractors. Both are equally passionate in their view.

When I received this book to review, I thought, “An entire book about the cork controversy?” Y-A-A-A-A-W-N

To Cork Or Not To Cork, (Scribner 2007) by George Taber–noted author of The Judgment of Paris--does such a masterful job in handling the issue, the book is fascinating, easy to read and absolutely delightful!

As the subtitle reveals--Tradition, Romance, Science And The Battle for the Wine Bottle--is about far more than just which closure is best. It is a history of wine and specifically wine problems and how much attention has been given to the problem for decades.

After reading this book, you may still lament the decline in the usage of cork in sealing off wine from the ravages of air, but you will certainly appreciate the care, concern, research and money invested in the endeavor of bringing the likes of us, the very best wine that can be made.

If you have a wine lover on your Christmas list, this would make a great gift! Sit in a comfortable chair, raise a glass and enjoy Taber’s new book.

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