Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

New Favorite Book

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 at 10:30 am in Uncategorized.

Go buy "Secrets from the Wine Diva." Now. Author Christine Ansbacher eschews soil and flowery descriptions for concrete tips as early as page 2: Avoid red wine headaches by taking an antihistamine, don’t store wine in the fridge unless it’s a screw cap, and make a $10 Cabernet taste like a $30 one by playing TAP – temperature, aceration, glassware. The book is published by Sterling, costs $14.95 and is thin enough to fit in my purse. It’s my BART book right now. I read it on my way back from treks to Vino Venue in SF. Of the last five wine books I’ve read, this is the only one that doesn’t put me to sleep, isn’t filled with antiquated name-dropping that means nothing to us and actually teaches me something I can do now to buy, order and enjoy wine better.

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