Good Humurous Anit-Wine Snob Book
Good read for those who want to enjoy wine without the schollarly attitude some want to attach to it, The Wine X Guide to Wine.
This book definetly doesn't take itself too seriously. It also provides some good info on wine varietals etc. that sometimes people are too intimadated to ask about. Its got lots of reviews, but they are definelty not the usual reviews you get from like a Wine Spectator. Typical review:98' Echelon Chardonnay " A Texas debutante with a creamsicle - rich and proper, with a big stick between her lips".
I met one of the authors recently at a tasting, and their mission is to make wine drinking more appealing and less self important. I recommend this book to all my fellow beer drinkers.
I really like what Wine X mag and the Wine Brats are aiming to do --- taking the intimidation out of wine and putting the fun back in. Darryl Roberts is a knowledgeable guy (tasted with him a few times) and I love partying with my pals at Wine X. The reviews are a fun read (when I'm in the right mood), highlighting the generational divide between the intended readership and me.
Thumbing through the new book, The Wine X Guide to Wine, at the local bookstore, it seemed too heavy on proportion of pages devoted to wine reviews. Yes, the reviews are entertaining but not much of a useful buying guide as those wines are long gone from the retail shelves.
If this book has whet your appetite for more, then it's done its job. The book that I continue to recommend for an introduction to wine is Fear of Wine (link below) by chowhound Leslie Brenner. Written in a straightforward, breezy voice and liberally illustrated with cartoons.
While I'm at it, I'll steer you away from the Wall Street Journal's new wine guide. The authors have a wonderful, homespun style but they make too many errors of fact.
I've always found the Wine-X magazine to be rather superficial and lacking in substance. If you like irreverent takes on the wine scene than you might check out Andrew Barr's "Wine Snobbery" or Patrick Matthews' "The Wild Bunch". Both are UK based writers and the publisher is Faber and Faber. Barr's book may be out of print but you can find it around. Matthews has a new book out in the UK that is supposed to be quite good; it is a look at the world of organic/biodynamic wine production.