George M. Taber
Author
A Toast to Bargain Wines


In A Toast to Bargain Wines, Taber reveals the concept of “Wednesday Wines” (a widely used term in the wine industry) in which bottles are consumed for “everyday” drinking while more expensive bottles are saved for weekend enjoyment. With the same meticulous research he used in his previous books, in A Toast to Bargain Wines Taber delves into this topic, which the wine media generally overlooks while focusing on products selling for $100 or more.

Taber also discusses in his book and will share in an interview:

  • the fact that new technology, such as night harvesting and the refrigerated shipment of grapes, has enabled the quality of inexpensive wines to dramatically increase in recent years;
  • the triumphs of the two greatest success stories in recent wine history: Australia’s [yellow tail] and California’s Charles Shaw;
  • little-known figures in the wine business who are challenging the industry’s conventional thinking;
  • indispensible guides listing his favorite 10 inexpensive wines in red and white categories ranging from Chardonnay to Zinfandel that sell for less than $10 along with two splurge wines selling for less than $25 each and listing his favorite brands by geographic regions.

In A Toast to Bargain Wines, Taber teaches readers to learn to trust their taste and make informed decisions when confronting a wine list.


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"A well-researched exploration of an often-overlooked sector of the international wine business: bargain wines.

We are living in “the golden age of wine,” writes Taber (In Search of Bacchus, 2009, etc.), an assertion most easily proven by the abundance of high-quality, inexpensive wines on store shelves today. New producers in the industry such as Australia, Chile and the United States have increased global competition; as a result, wines at the low end of the price spectrum (specifically $10 or less) have improved greatly over the past few decades. Taber begins by dispelling the myth that expensive wine is automatically better by relating a few stories of red-faced wine tasters and some of their epic blunders throughout history. He goes on to target the “gold medals” and other awards given to wines at various tasting festivals. The verdict: So-called “wine experts” are inconsistent at best, and what one deems gold-medal quality, another could deem unpalatable. The author encourages amateur wine enthusiasts to trust their own taste, go with what they like and not be too concerned with experts and awards. Taber shines brightest in the book’s second half, an exhaustive guide to bargain wines broken down by style and region.

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

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