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Jul 17, 2007 01:17 PM

Andrea Immer's 2007 wine buying guide

Oops, noticed her name on the book is actually Robinson. I purchased this buying guide before back in 2003 and again in 2004. I had questions then, but didn't know about CH:) Today I ordered the 2007 book from Amazon because it was about 6 bucks and I figured why not? But here's what I was wondering: 1. Is the book any good as far as recommendations? 2. From what I recall there was never any vintage year mentioned, so are you to assume it's what you can get in your wine store right now? 3. Are there any other books that you might recommend as buying guides? My husband and I would like to start to explore new wines, but would love recommendations. So far, I basically go to Total Wine with my budget in mind and kind of just toss stuff in the cart. I then drink up and keep some notes in a notebook for future reference. Thanks!

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  1. I have not gotten any of Andrea Immer Robinson's "buying guides," but own several other of her books. I recommend them all of the time.

    As for buying guides, both Wine Spectator and Rober Parker, Jr, do comprehensive buying guides. I usually pick them up, when I see a new one. Both cover a lot of older ground, and seem to be issued about every 2-3 years. I keep the older ones, as I am always trying to get notes on older vintages, and there is a cutoff, when looking back, from the latest releases.

    Both are probably better, for getting all of the info on a producer, or a total view of a vintage, unless one has a palate similar to RP, Jr, or the staff at WS.

    A lot of great data, but one must either fit the profile, or read-between-the-lines. I usually rely on the latter.


    1. hugh johnson's annual buying guides are VERY good.